Rehoming a rat or accidental litter? Things to Consider.

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  1. Mar 25, 2012 #1

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    Are you are looking for good homes for pet rats?
    There are a few things you may want to consider, especially if you place ads on kijiji or craigslist.

    1. Screen very carefully or they will likely end up as live snake food, breeders, neglected, dumped outdoors. or worse.

    * Let potential adopters know there will be an application process
    * Check references including a vet reference
    * Ask questions about care
    * Make a home visit as part of the adoption process
    * Require updates, pictures, and visits after adoption
    * Have potential adopters join your facebook page (to see the babies grow) so that you can see their facebook page and their friends
    * Use a nonbreeding contract specifying good care, vet care, home visits, and containing a return clause in case the contract is not adhered to or the person no longer wants the rats
    * Deliver the rats to their new home

    2. Unless you are rehoming a single rat, make sure to only adopt out same sex pairs or groups.

    3. Adopt out to homes having no more then one intact gender of rats in the household. Having two intact genders in the same household is an accident waiting to happen as rats are smart & very motivated, and people are not perfect. Many intact male rats are extremely stressed by having intact females in the same household and may become aggressive.
    (Note, a few people have been able to successfully manage this type of situation.)

    4. Ask a fee as this may deter snake owners. Asking a fee/pair is recommended.

    5. You may want to include an adoption package with the fee.
    Items might include: lab blocks, a handout on care, litter box, chew toys, a house, and/or a copy of The Rat Health Care book (book section at http://www.ratfanclub.org, but cross out the section on home euthanasia as it is inhumane)

    6. You will want to make sure pets are not being given as Christmas presents, Easter presents, etc.
    SPCA websites explain why this is a very bad idea.

    7. Follow your intuition. If something doesn't feel right, it is a huge red flag,
    Do not ignore it. Do not adopt, no matter how good the facts seem.

    8. Give adopters links to internet resources, including this forum (LOL)

    9. Make follow up visits after the adoption.

    10. Keep in contact several times a year over the life span of the lives of the rats.
    This will allow you to know how things are going, and you will be able to offer assistance if any is needed.
    It also allows you to track the health of litters so other adopters can be aware of any potential health issues.
     
  2. Mar 25, 2012 #2

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    This is a great post! A really good summary of everything:) I've been going over all these things with my kids since we've had our two surprise litters. This is valuable life lesson information for kids when being responsible pet owners. You should post it on NB kjiji (If you don't already) since so many people post and have no clue about any of this information.
     
  3. Mar 25, 2012 #3

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    In my time taking in rehomed rats from CL, I can't tell you how many people told me they had homes already lined up, then discovered (after my questioning) that those homes were likely snakw food homes. Lotta folks out there who are first time rat owners, realize they aren't up to looking after their rat, and sadly unknowingly give themk to snake owners. Even if I can't take a rat, I email the poster if they seem oblivious. At least a few times its saved a rat's life.
     
  4. Mar 31, 2012 #4

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    Great post SQ!
     
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    With my 18 babies looking for homes, I'm trying out some "strategies" to find them good homes. I included a lot of the suggestions that SQ mentioned. Time will tell how effective this is. This is what I am doing:

    1. Created a Facebook page with photos and information. This serves several purposes. It works for marketing as I can continue to upload cute photos and write about how cute/cuddly they are. I can also include adoption information as well as info on caring for rats. It also lets me find out about the people interested in my rats. I can check out their facebook profile, look at their photos (see any snakes? Other pets? Their children? What kind of family/home do they seem to have?), see if we have mutual friends and try to find out through word of mouth about them as well.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adopt-a-Rat-Fredericton/371358316231091

    2. I have created a kijiji ad. Again, I have used marketing to make the ad interesting with good photos and description. It also clearly states as SQ mentioned to let them know there is a screening process. I also drive them to the facebook page for the above reasons. When someone contacts me through the ad, I push the facebook page again and so far this is working. I have been able to find out a LOT of information about someone via their facebook page. I also do a general google search.
    http://fredericton.kijiji.ca/c-pets...te-Cuddly-Baby-Pocket-Pets-W0QQAdIdZ367433428

    So far my ad which listed yesterday has a lot of hits and I am starting to receive inquiries. Thanks to SQ and others, I have been given names of folks to watch out for.

    3. I have created an online rat adoption screening form that each potential adoptive family must fill out. If anyone is interested in seeing this, you can view it here (please don't fill it out as it is active) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pocketpetadoption I am hopeful that if someone took the time to fill this out, and give some thought to the time/effort involved, that it will reduce impulse adoptions (in combination with my research).

    I recognize I am not charging a fee and that is not recommended, but I am confident (hopeful) that through my screening and research, I will be able to find good homes for the rats:)

    Lisa
     
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    And thanks to Lisa for the facebook idea !!
    What a fantastic idea!
    I am not a big user of facebook so had never thought of it.
     
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