Rats make wonderful pets, really! Ask Prof. Hein who is putting them up for adoption

UW-Green Bay Prof. Richard Heim is once again running his Adopt-A-Rat program. The Anatomy and Physiology students at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus have been working with laboratory rats over the year, and 11 females are up for adoption that have been raised since they were a few weeks old. This year they are a particularly friendly bunch, although a bit shy until they get to know you.

This strain of rat makes wonderful pets; they are docile (will not bite), friendly, social, and very intelligent.  They are not the albino laboratory rats you may be familiar with, but have black and white markings and are quite cute (like mini Holstein cows, see picture below).  They make much better pets than either hamsters or gerbils due to their docile nature.  The only drawback is that they only have a lifespan of about 2-3 years.

Since they are social, they are best adopted in pairs or more (they are currently housed in groups of 2-3).  If you are interested in providing a good home to a pair (or more) of rats, please contact Hein at heinr@uwgb.edu.

Adoptions will be on a first-contact, first-adopt basis so let me know early so that I can get you on the list (they will be available beginning May 7).  Please also feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in providing a good home.  The rats, students, and I thank you!

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