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2 Rats in UK need home March 02, 2005 8:19 AM

Hi all!

Here is a copy of an article regarding some pets in the UK that could sure use homes...including 2 ratties!

Farm friends Mar 1 2005


By Marie Turbill, Evening Gazette


Best buddies Vinnie and Stanley have finally found themselves a farm to call home.

The unusual pair appeared in the Gazette after they were taken in by the RSPCA's Great Ayton rehoming centre.

Vinnie, a goat, and Stanley, a cockerel, formed a firm friendship at the centre.

Cattery supervisor Karen Loadwick says Vinnie was used to having the company of another goat.

 "When he came here the only way we could stop him from trying to get to the dogs was to put the cockerel in the barn with him for company," she says.

The duo then became a trio when another goat, Milly, was picked up as a stray on a building site.

 Now all three have been offered a home by Tweddle Petting Farm in Black Colliery, Hartlepool.

Owner Denise Wayman says: "We open during the summer and at weekends and the kids come here to pet the animals and feed them.

"The two goats and cockerel have made a great addition because they are really tame."

Denise says an RSPCA volunteer told her about the homeless goat. When she saw the others "I said I would take them all," she says.

Back at the farm Denise saw the friends could not be separated. "So we kept them together," she says. "The cockerel sleeps on Vinnie's back."

Denise says Vinnie is just like a pet dog. "He comes up to you and follows you," she says.

Tweddle Petting Farm was due to reopen for the summer season from today.

Meanwhile the RSPCA's Great Ayton rehoming centre currently has a number of small pets looking for homes.

They have two rats, two gerbils and eight hamsters.

Six of the hamsters were found dumped in a box in a garden.

 With the cold weather, cattery supervisor Karen says they are lucky to be alive.

The remaining pets were either brought in as unwanted pets or strays.

If you would like to offer any of these animals a home call the RSPCA rehoming centre on 01642 724016.

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