The Kingston Humane Society is looking for homes for over 100 domestic rats that were rescued on the first Friday in May.
50 domestic rats were left in a recycling bin on the K&P trail, just north of Cordukes Rd. The staff at KHS knew that these poor creatures would not survive in the wild, so they immediately drove up to the area to see if they could save them.
When their staff arrived, seven rats had already died, but they were able to capture 15. KHS Animal Programs Manager, Christie Haaima brought the captured rats back to the shelter, grabbed a live trap, blankets, and peanut butter and drove right back to see how many more she could save. With some help from her partner, she made that same trip every five to six hours for the rest of the weekend, including in the pouring rain on Friday night and Saturday at midnight. When the weekend was over, Christie had saved 37 rats – two of which were pregnant and gave birth within days of coming into the care of the KHS. The next step was finding housing for 37 rats. We put out a call on social media for cages, bedding and food and many community members stepped up right away to help. It also became apparent that we could not keep all these rats here so we reached out to our foster volunteers. By Monday morning, 32 of the 37 rats were in foster care. Since than, more rats have given birth and there are now over 100 available for adoption.
If you would like to learn more about these little creatures that need your help, please contact the Kingston Humane Society or visit www.kingstonhumanesociety.ca.