Woman Surrenders 71 Rats to MSPCA-Angell

January 27, 2012

Boston, Mass., Jan. 27, 2012 – A Cape Cod woman today surrendered 71 rats to the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center in Boston.  The rats are all young and in good health and are expected to go up for adoption after routine veterinary exams to ensure they are free from disease.  The woman who owned the rats, who lives in Sandwich, initially purchased two at a local pet store that were destined to become snake food.  Her decision to rescue them from such a dismal fate resulted in uncontrolled breeding, and she ultimately turned to the MSPCA-Angell for help.


The surrender of the rats comes on the heels of the MSPCA-Nevins Farm receiving 94 hamsters in one day, an event covered by media around the world.  The addition of 165 new rodents in one week represents a tremendous strain on the organization’s resources.  Still, the MSPCA-Angell will pull out all of the stops to find homes for the rats.  Said Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center Manager Alyssa Muro, “The timing is never ideal for a surrender of so many animals, but these rats all seem to be in good condition and we’ll feed and provide shelter for them for as long as it takes to get them into permanent homes.”  


The rats are currently undergoing veterinary exams at the Shalit Glazer Clinic, which is located inside the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center and serves the medical needs of homeless animals that will soon go up for adoption.  There, veterinary technician Andrea Ruplis will examine all of the rats more thoroughly and treat any illnesses or parasites she may discover.  Said Ruplis, “Initial analysis of these rats leads me to believe that they’re mostly healthy, despite the owner’s inability to take proper care of them.  They’re also quite active and their coats are in good condition, a sign that we’ll likely have them out on the adoption floor in a matter of days.”

 A newly arrived rat awaits his exam at the MSPCA-Angell (photo credit: MSPCA-Angell)


Anyone interested in adopting one or some of the rats is encouraged to visit the MSPCA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center at 350 S. Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain, or log onto www.mspca.org 






The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.