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Found Rat

Discussion in 'Oh, Rats!' started by JamieH, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. JamieH

    JamieH Puppy

    So on Halloween I was at a nosework trial and while we were all waiting outside prior to the start, a couple of us noticed a domestic rat running around in some trees between the parking lot of the facility and the road.

    He came right up to the feet of one person, then ran off. He was a little hesitant, and didn't come that close again, but he stood off and watched us. I threw him some freeze dried dog treats and he took them back to his little hiddy hole he had made in the mulch.

    I haven't been able to stop thinking about this poor guy. No one wanted to outright try to grab him, which is reasonable, but I didn't have anything to put him in at that time even if we/I had cought him.

    This place is only about a half hour away, I could go try to catch him, but I don't know if I even should? I mean, I don't really want a rat myself, and my BF would HATE to have a rat in the house. I could take him to the Humane Society, I suppose.

    Any thoughts? Should I bother? Is it safe from a disease/germ perspective? What should I use to catch him?
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member

    Do a google search for rat rescues. Maybe they can go get the rat.
  3. JamieH

    JamieH Puppy

    Oh, good idea. I emailed 2 in MN.
  4. Savage Destiny

    Savage Destiny Big Dog

    If they don't contact you, get a live trap and put some goodies in it next to his hidey hole. He absolutely needs to be caught, because domestic rats aren't really designed to survive in the wild anymore. The only risk you personally would run is a bite, and with a live trap that wouldn't be an issue.

    Look on Facebook for rat rescues or breeders in your area. Or post on Craigslist. There are a ton of people in my area, for instance, that would take the little dude.
  5. JamieH

    JamieH Puppy

    I have a rescue that will take him if I can catch him. I've had rats in the past, lovely pets, so it's not that I have issues or fear of them in general. I'll see what I can do this weekend. I'm pretty sure if he's still there it would take all of 10 minutes to get him in a live trap. He was perfectly happy to leisurely transport and eat dog treats with people 10 feet away.

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