Friendly rat pack in need of homes

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

IN the 1950s, Hol­ly­wood un­leashed a new phe­nom­e­non into the world – The Rat Pack. Con­sist­ing mainly of Humphrey Bog­art, Frank Si­na­tra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, they be­came no­to­ri­ous for heavy drink­ing, out­ra­geous par­ties and ‘wom­an­is­ing’.

In the 1980s we had The Brat Pack – Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Judd Nel­son et al – who never quite achieved the same level of no­to­ri­ety.

But in 2016 The Rat Pack is back. We have just taken de­liv­ery of not one, not two but 24 beau­ti­ful rats!

This is only part of a group of more than 60 rats our in­spec­tors res­cued from just one house.

They were crammed into ham­ster cages stacked on top of each other.

Amaz­ingly, they are all in pretty good con­di­tion and re­ally friendly, so will soon need new homes in pairs or groups.

We have also just taken charge of four enor­mous rab­bits. Sadly their owner passed away and there was no one left to care for them, so all in all it’s been a busy week.

Gen­er­ally, when peo­ple think of adopt­ing a pet, they think of cats and dogs – and why not? How­ever if you don’t have the space for a large an­i­mal or the time to take a dog for a walk, why not con­sider some­thing smaller?

Rats, ger­bils, guinea pigs, mice and ham­sters can all be great com­pany, par­tic­u­larly at the end of the day.

They can be re­ally ac­tive, build­ing tun­nels and scur­ry­ing around their cages, so are great fun to watch.

Is a small an­i­mal the right pet for you?

Can you af­ford £5 a week for food?

Can you give your pet a safe and se­cure space to live in?

Can you be at home for part of ev­ery day?

If needed can you af­ford ve­teri­nary treat­ment through­out your pet’s life?

Can you af­ford to board your pet or ar­range for fam­ily or friends to look af­ter your pet while you are on hol­i­day?

If you can an­swer yes to th­ese ques­tions, then con­tact us to find out about adopt­ing a small an­i­mal.

There is a fee of £20 for guinea pigs and £10 for rats and ham­sters etc.

Don’t worry, it’s un­likely that your rat pack will be­have like Humphrey, Deano, Sammy and Frank!

If you think you could of­fer a for­ever home to one of our rats or any of the other small an­i­mals, cats and rab­bits we cur­rently have look­ing for a home for life then please call us on 020 8966 9688 or email us at info@rsp­camid­dle­sex. org.uk.

To view some of the many pets we have look­ing for new homes, you can visit our web­site at www.rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk where you will also find more in­for­ma­tion about the work we do at RSPCA Mid­dle­sex North West Branch.

RE­ALLY FRIENDLY: Some of the rats who need re­hom­ing

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