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Written By: Tuesday, January 24th 2017

The OSPCA and PetSmart have teamed up to find homes for 600 rats seized from a North Bay apartment before Christmas.

According to reports, the owner gave up the domestic rats after complaints prompted investigations by various authorities, including the humane society and fire department in North Bay. The rats, including pregnant and nursing females, have been cared for over the past month at OSPCA branches and humane societies across Central Ontario, and are now ready to find forever homes.


Jan. 21 and Feb. 12 to adopt a rat for $5 during a special rat adopt-a-thon.

The Pet Smart in Barrie is one of fifteen locations that have rats ready to go to new homes. During the special rat adopt-a-thon, Jan. 21 to Feb. 12 you can adopt a rat for just $5. Families are encouraged to adopt more than one because they are highly social animals.

Mind you, it is also recommended to keep males and females separated – which is likely how 600 rats came to be in a North Bay apartment.