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Aamanda's Misfits is a rescue home in northern Arizona for "unhomeable" rats. Inspired by my own misfit, Cherokee, it is a home of last resort for many aggressive, mentally or emotionally ill ratties. Although we will not turn down any rat in need of fostering, our main mission is to provide a better fate than death to those who are so very hard to love. We will never put an animal to sleep, just because it has been abused or ill-bred. All the rats who come to our rescue will be provided with forever homes, whether or not they can be rehabilitated.
In addition to providing a loving home, my vet and I are working together to further the study of rat behavior in the hope that someday this research will provide rat lovers with better solutions to deal with aggression. Aamandas Misfits is run completely off our personal resources and does not generate any income (the ratties that come here, stay here and are never sold). To ensure that we are able to always provide quality care, we are inviting those who care about our mission to "sponsor a rat". Monthly rat sponsors will choose a rat to sponsor, name it and receive a monthly update on his or her progress. Besides sponsoring a rat, there are many other options to show your support, including adopting a rehabilitated rat, becoming a co-sponsor, giving a one-time donations or donating items on our Wish List.
If you are the owner of an aggressive or mentally ill rat, and you don't know where else to turn, you have come to the right place. You can read through my research page, which will be updated regularly to include any new research being done on behavior with rats, ideas and discussions with my vet, and new approaches to try. You can also check out the resources page to see what options and information are available.
If you find that you are truly unable to cope with your rattie, feel free to contact me and we will try to find a way to get your rat here. There is no need to feel bad about being unable to care for an aggressive rat. It takes a lot of time and emotional work. If you decide to send your rat to Aamanda's Misfits you can rest in the knowledge that it is being taken care of and loved no matter what, will never be put down, and never become dinner for another animal.
I would like to add a special thanx to Eileen for helping me to build this website, to Matt Kaplin for allowing us to use his wonderful line art rat logo, to Chuck for sponsoring my first "misfit" and to each and every one of the ratlisters at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ratlist/ who were so helpful and supportive, from picking a name to reading my work and giving their opinions. If I were to list the names of all the people who have supported me I'd have to make another site. I feel very blessed to have you all behind me and hope someday to meet you in person. Until then God bless.
Aamanda and all the ratties
click here to see the entire "Misfit" family, including our cats and dogs
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