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Old 01-06-2013, 01:55 AM
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I have been praying and praying about this, and debating asking Chaz for help - and finally decided to post. I lost my job - and I have a ton of rescue animals right now. 3 bearded dragons, 2 sugar gliders, 4 turtles, a salamander, 2 toads, 1 leopard gecko, 1 hamster, and 40+ rats. Your first question: where did they all come from? Way too many stories to tell. I have an overabundance of rats right now because a really disgusting, run down pet store a friend of mine worked at knew I was a rat lover and brought some very sick ratties to me and asked if I could help them.
Of course, I did. Had to sign up for CareCredit in my parent's name because I couldn't get one in my own - and $500 later everyone is happy and healthy, with an unlimited supply of respiratory medication since almost all of them had Mycoplasma infections. I absolutely cannot put any more debt on that card, as I am already paying $75 a month on it - no idea how I am going to make the next payment, anyhow. Some of the ratties were mamas to be, which explains the story of some. About a month ago she contacted me again and asked me to rush to her house, where she had taken a litter of 15 (what was left of them) that the males in the tank had started eating. Missing ears, tails, patches of skin. I bottle fed them and nursed them back to health, healed their wounds and when they were healthy enough put them in with a foster mama (if I had put them in there at first she may have killed them because they were in such bad shape). I contacted a rat rescue in my area and she helped me by taking quite a few rattie friends, but recently her house flooded and continues to flood and she cannot help me with any more.

Anyway...many of the females have developed mammary tumors (notorious in rats), and some of the males are genetically disposed to being extremely aggressive, something only a neuter will fix, and one of the females has developed a nasty lung problem that nebulizing and antibiotics have had no effect on, so she needs to go in to get checked out. Like I said, I lost my job, and the rescues in the area have done all they can do to help me. I have a vet appointment on Tuesday with an amazing vet that has agreed to give me an incredible deal on the neuters and spays, the cost of the treatment for the rat with the lung issue obviously cannot be determined until she gets her hands on her. I m struggling to afford caring for these guys after losing my job, and I can't bring myself to cancel the appointment because I just keep praying help will come. I don't know what kind of reactions I am going to get, and I am really ashamed to be asking for financial help, but I don't know what else to do...I am wondering if anybody is willing to make donations to my Pay Pal account to help pay for this vet appointment on Tuesday, and for my next bulk order of food.

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And Miracle the beardie...who came to me with a broken jaw, all 4 legs broken, broken tail, and a broken pelvis...still working on getting him walking with daily swimming exercises, although the vet is doubtfull...


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Old 01-06-2013, 02:06 AM
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It looks and sounds like the best thing for everyone involved is for you to rehome some animals. That is an awful lot of cages. I can't imagine the kinda care required to take care of that many animals.

Where in WA are you? Job markets are still decent in most of WA from what I see.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:11 AM
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They are all up for adoption. Not many people want to adopt rats. I am in western WA.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:12 AM
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I second RC's sentiments.

I'm not in any position whatever to help out in terms of rehoming/donations - very sorry. But I do send my best wishes and hope for the best of luck for you and all those animals <3.

Erm...I may know of a reptilian enthusiast that perhaps could help out with taking in a turtle and rat or two or at least donate $100 or so... If I can get in touch with her I'll let you know and you can take it from there.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:16 AM
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I agree, it sounds like rehoming some of them is the best option. I'd be willing to bet the Chazzers in your area may be able to help with that, or at least give you ideas on where to start.

You have more animals than my entire department at the zoo (we have mostly pocket pets and herps). It takes me 3-4 hours to care for all of them, so I can imagine you put a HUGE amount of time and effort into caring for all these guys.

(At first I thought you said you had 4 tuataras (instead of turtles) and was wondering where in the world you found them at lol.)


ETA: You may consider contact zoos in your area. If they have an education department, most of those make fantastic education animals. They may not be able to take all the rats, but they may be willing to take a couple and/or some of the herps or a sugar glider or two. They may not be able to if their individual policies prohibit it, but many zoos will take on certain animals if they have a use for them. If they are well-socialized or at least hand-tame, all the better for an education department (that said, we do have one very aggressive snake in our department, and several shy animals).
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Too bad you aren't closer, because I have been itching to get a bearded dragon for a long time. I don't suppose you plan on travelling this way anytime soon?

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Old 01-06-2013, 05:09 AM
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Thanks so much for your kind words, everyone.

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I may know of a reptilian enthusiast that perhaps could help out with taking in a turtle and rat or two or at least donate $100 or so... If I can get in touch with her I'll let you know and you can take it from there.
That would be amazing. Thank you so much.

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You have more animals than my entire department at the zoo (we have mostly pocket pets and herps). It takes me 3-4 hours to care for all of them, so I can imagine you put a HUGE amount of time and effort into caring for all these guys.
Today I started crying because it's gets so overwhelming sometimes - especially when you find something wrong and you know another extremely expensive exotic vet appt. is coming next. I love the animals, and I wouldn't trade them or their wellbeing for the world - it just gets hard since it's only me and I go to school full time. So between school, work (not anymore), and all of the animals, it gets a little tough sometimes.

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You may consider contact zoos in your area. If they have an education department, most of those make fantastic education animals. They may not be able to take all the rats, but they may be willing to take a couple and/or some of the herps or a sugar glider or two. They may not be able to if their individual policies prohibit it, but many zoos will take on certain animals if they have a use for them. If they are well-socialized or at least hand-tame, all the better for an education department (that said, we do have one very aggressive snake in our department, and several shy animals).
That's a great idea! I don't think the zoos around here would have any interest in the rats though and that's what I need help with at the moment. Although maybe that could be an option for the turtles. I'm a little too attached to the beardies though LOL, and have no issues affording their care because I have an ample supply of Powersun UV bulbs and ceramic heat bulbs thanks to my Sulcata Tortoise, and the pet store ladies here give me free crickets and worms :P And I always have lettuce, kale, squash, etc. on hand because the Sulcata is technically my dad's, so he gives me money to buy veggies for him, and there's plenty to go around of course. As far as the sugar gliders go...they are really mean LOL...both bite and crab anytime a finger goes near them, they were intended to be pets for children, who mishandled them when they did handle them...which was very little... and extremely emaciated, lack of proper nutrition and having hypoglycemic seizures...I've been bitten by the two sugar gliders WAY more than I've been bitten by rats in my life time, which is a little nuts...

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Too bad you aren't closer, because I have been itching to get a bearded dragon for a long time. I don't suppose you plan on travelling this way anytime soon?
How come you haven't got one?! They are so cool...sooo different than any other reptile because they are so personable. People don't understand until they have one - they are just awesome. Anyway, I wouldn't be able to come up your way until summer time, because I have school and no money what so ever right now...but if you're still looking for a beardie then, let me know and I'll grab my passport and head up there.
Here's some beardie pictures to worsen your itch.






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I fixed it you should be able to see them now!
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:10 AM
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Here's some pictures just for fun...

My kitchen counter at dinner time...




Yawning baby


Since I lost my job I have been super nocturnal, and the rats love it since they get to share snacks at night


Snuggled into my shorts


A little hedgie that was very angry at the world and would only reveal his face if you breathed warm air in his face


My biggest boy


Sleepy time
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:10 AM
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Glider Then & Now:
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:24 AM
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They are so cool...sooo different than any other reptile because they are so personable. People don't understand until they have one - they are just awesome.
Beardies are very cool lizards! They require more special equipment than what I'm looking for in a herp right now (I'm working on acquiring a crested gecko), but they're beyond cool. We have two in my department and they're just so calm, love to be handled, and are just neat little lizards. We had one in at the clinic several months ago and he needed xrays - we just sat him on the xray table and he stayed put, better than any dog or cat!

I still can't see the Miracle pics, though
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