A midstate pet store is trying to find homes for rats

Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — At Abrams and Weakley in Harrisburg, getting rats out of the house and into a loving home is the top priority.

This is why rat lovers from all over the United States have ended up here.

“I didn’t even know there was a rat community but it’s all over the world. People are crazy about rats,” said Christine Zellner, owner of Abrams and Weakley General Storm for Animals.

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When word got out about two adoption events, people came in droves. The most recent one was this past Sunday, January 15th.

People started coming through the door and my head was spinning. “They were getting five and six mice at a time to fill their cages,” said Christine Zellner.

You may remember their story. The pets for sale are the same rats that were abandoned in Stilton and Harrisburg back in October.

After being rescued by a team of volunteers, nursed back to health, and socialized, these rats, who have yet to be adopted, are now looking for their forever homes.

They all received veterinary care. “They were checked to make sure they didn’t have mites and that they didn’t have any other diseases,” Zellner said.

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Kelly Wint says she never expected to love mice, let alone adopt them.

“They are actually very sweet and affectionate animals. They love to curl up. I could wear a scarf as they curled up and fell asleep. I love being warm,” said Kelly Winant, of Harrisburg.

Abrams and Weekly still have a dozen or two mice left, Zellner says, if you’re interested. However, young mice should be adopted with adult mice who teach them proper “rat etiquette.”

“They can learn to use the bathroom in their own little litter pan and just like cats, you can train them to go to certain areas and reward them,” Zellner added.