Lynds of HH Rat Rescue forwarded me an email today from a woman named Nichol in Oshawa. Poor Lynds was off with her son Cole to the hospital again, as he had croup
So I took over today.
Two weeks ago Nichol was out walking her dog and came up on some 8-9 year old kids who looked like they were throwing treats to their rottweiler. But when she got closer she kept hearing a squeak when the treat was thrown, so she thought it was a toy instead, but the dog never dropped them. Closer still to her horror, she saw these kids had a box of baby rats and wer picking them up by th4eir tail and winging them into their dogs mouth who ate them!!!
The woman, an animal-lover and a kind soul, confronted the kids, and got spat on! She grabbed the box and there was only 3 little babies left of which 2 died soon after. Little Chilly (she says she shivers and always seems cold) stayed alive. She heard Chilly "crying" in her sleep and heard that rats have to have friends so she went to a petstore and bought little Bella. Bella right away cuddled up to her new "sister". Chilly got sicker, and Nichol went online, found out a few things to try, called a vet and they told her $90.00 to just see the rat...she had lost her job and couldn't afford that. Her father told her she shouldn't care. She knew she had to do something so she called the petstore and their advice was to give her sharp wack to kill her. Her father told her she was stupid, and she should just put the cage outside and Chilly would die within the hour. Thank the rat gods Nichol refused to listen to these people. She went onto kijiji, and searched for rat rescue, just in case there was such a thing...
With a lot of phone calls, emails and stressful waiting, it is arranged. My brother (who just happens to be going to Toronto tomorrow) will go to Oshawa first and pick up the girls then go to his friends. He will meet me after work, and then I will be off to the vet to pick up Smitty from his appointment then home with all 3.
Poor sick little Chilly
Bella cuddling up to Chilly
Through the back and forth I determined that Chilly was dehydrated so I sent the Homemade Rehydrating Formula to Nichol to try with her. She had to keep shoving the spoon under her mouth and she kept pushing it away :undecided: Finally she got some on her paws, so she licked it off, discovered she liked it and started drinking from the spoon on her own...she drank THREE spoonfuls!
and after that she was feeling a little better