British Columbia

Oh, rats! 97 domestic rodents surrendered to Victoria SPCA

The SPCA says the owner is in hospital and no longer able to care for them, putting an unexpected strain on the organization's resources.

Animal welfare organization says rats make great pets

The SPCA says domestic rats make great pets. (CHEK)

The Victoria SPCA is looking for homes for 97 domestic rats after their owner surrendered them due to illness. 

The SPCA says the owner is in hospital and no longer able to care for them, putting an unexpected strain on the organization's resources. And more may be coming from the same home.

Rats are highly motivated by food, which makes it easier to train them to do tricks. (CHEK)

Some of the rats are as young as three weeks, the SPCA said, and others are pregnant. Victoria SPCA spokesperson Larissa Johnston also noted that domesticated rats are usually friendly and used to being handled. 

"I like to think of them as mini-dogs. They're so intelligent, so social. They're also very food motivated so you can also teach them little tricks," Johnston said. 

Dozens of these rats are available for adoption at the Victoria SPCA. (CHEK)

The organization is looking for financial donations to help with the cost of caring for the animals until homes can be found for them. People can also donate hand towels, Oxbow Essentials Adult Rat Food and jars of baby food.

The SPCA says rats make popular pets, and the current set is going fast. 

"We've definitely got some great applications in, so I don't think those guys will be sticking around for too long," Johnston said.

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