December 2011: After 13 years, Andover Rattery is now CLOSED.
obligations have increased, and my breeding program has run its
Mainely Rat Rescue for those interested in adopting pet rats.
-- Ann Muir Thomas
Where to buy Harlan Lab Blocks: Mainely Rat Rescue Food Store located in Somerville, MA. They will sell small quantities, and will ship. I use 8604 for mothers/babies and young rats, 2018 for adult females, and 2014 for adult males. Please note: Harlan prices will be increasing soon because of price increases in the ingredients and in diesel fuel for trucks.
It's hard work being a baby rat:
RATS MAKE GREAT PETS!
Andover Rattery sells carefully-bred, friendly pet rats. I've had rats since 1995, and started my current breeding program in 1998. I am a certified judge for the Rat and Mouse Club of America. My specialty is marked rats, and I have bred in dumbos and rexes for greater variety. I breed on a small scale, just a few litters a year, to ensure that all my rats get good homes.
Rats make wonderful pets for children, adults, seniors, day care centers, and classrooms. They are friendlier than hamsters and smarter than guinea pigs. They are social animals, best kept in same-sex pairs, trios, or larger groups. Many have likened them to small dogs, or toddlers, in terms of personality and habits. They are curious, responsive, trainable, and very cuddly. The only disadvantage I can say they have is their relatively short lifespan (about 2 years). Domestic rats do not carry diseases that are dangerous to humans. For more information, send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org