We want to share the following story to help others avoid the pitfall of thinking that “breeders” are in any way better than pet stores. THEY ARE NOT. Here are Bear and Buddy’s stories. We were contacted in January by a lady, we will call “Nancy” who desperately needed help with her rats. Nancy tried […]
We are so excited to announce this small fundraising project / collaboration with our talented friend and illustrator, Eleanor Stewart.
The Ottawa Pet Rat Rescue 2023 calendar is here!
WARNING Sendai Virus reported. Included cases in Quebec, Canada. Please make sure to properly quarantine and take extra precautions to protect yourself and your furry family. Originally posted by “Rat Nation of Pittsburg” on Facebook SENDAI VIRUS WARNING ALERT: Since last posting our warning about the Sendai virus being confirmed in Cincinnati Ohio, we have […]
On September 25, 2014 we took in a frail, thin, and very sick little girl. Quite honestly, we had fears that she wouldn’t make it to October – but had resolved to make whatever time she had left with us as positive, loving, and nurturing as possible. This is Spirit today. She has exceeded all […]
As a rescue we spend a notable amount of time on Kijiji. This is for a variety of reasons – to intercept people looking into pet rats in order to encourage them to adopt, to identify breeders, and, of course, to identify and rescue rats that are put on Kijiji as a way of discarding […]
Come out and have a blast for rats!
What does fine art and rats have in common? You can take either (or both!) into your homes and hearts while lending a helping hand to OPRR at the same time!
Over this last weekend a pet store went out of business. The pet store had rats – mostly as feeders, but also sold them as pets. When they closed their doors they had 66 rats – including many who were very, very young. The rats were all together – males and females. The store owner […]
We just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who made it out to our fundraiser this weekend at PetValu in the Glebe. It was so fantastic to meet so many rat lovers – both old friends and new – and to see so many lovely ratties! The event was a huge success and […]
Because every rat deserves to be showered with love!
Saturday, September 20th from 11am to 3pm!
Could you use some furry love in your life? We have some friends that will make your day.
It’s sometimes hard to conceptualize how much food, hammocks, fleece, litter, and money (largely for veterinarian care) an animal rescue can go through in a relatively short time. It’s also sometimes challenging for us to be able to express just how big of a difference any donation makes. In order to shed some light on […]
Could you help a friend transition to a new family? We are happy to note that we are becoming more well known in the Ottawa and surrounding areas for our work rescuing rats. However, with this recognition comes additional calls, emails, and referrals from people who either have or have found rats that are in […]
On July 25th, 2014, OPRATs was contacted about 22 rats at risk of being killed by a breeder in Mascouche, near Montreal, who had been reported by local authorities and was being ordered to stop all breeding. We had until July 27th to get those rats out, otherwise, they would be used as feeders. Now, […]
Today we received a concerning and urgent email. A man had two female rats and was allergic, and if we didn’t find a way to take them off his hands by 4pm, he was going to end their lives. He didn’t have money for the veterinarian, he explained, so he would have to “do it […]
On April 17, 2015 at around 1pm we received a call from a distraught lady named ‘Karla’. She had been telephoning for help all morning, but none of the local humane societies or animal shelters in her area of Quebec were able to help her and the 24 rats she had discovered living in a […]
Sunday, June 21, 2017 – Glebe Pet Valu!