WESTLAND (WWJ) – When thinking about adding a pet to the family, a rat isn’t usually the first animal that most would think of. But, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) said rats are intelligent, social creatures that can make superb family pets.

Because of the stigma that surrounds these animals, MHS officials say rats are often overlooked when it comes to pet adoption. To help the little creatures find their forever homes, MHS is hosting “Oh, Rats!” – a rat adoption event, at the Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland on Saturday, March 24, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Linda Reider, MHS Director of Animal Welfare, said their goal is to find homes for at least 12 of the rats the society is currently caring for.

Reider said the lower-maintenance pets are able to be taught their own name, come when called and learn to do tricks. She said they generally like to be handled and must be provided with an appropriate enclosure, bedding and a ready supply of toys. She also said that rats are highly social animals and are encouraged to be adopted in pairs or even groups.

At the event, rat experts and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and to set up meet and greets. Adoption fees are $10 for a single rat, $15 for a pair or $20 for three. The price includes age-appropriate vaccinations, a free veterinary visit at any of MHS’ three veterinary clinics within 10 days of adoption, a basket filled with treats, rat chow and more.

For more information, visit the MHS website at www.michiganhumane.org.


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