February Events – Cancelled

Rattie Ratz will not be holding any public events in February. However, volunteers will be completing adoptions via private adoption appointments.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to set up an appointment to adopt!

WARNING: SDA VIRUS ANNOUNCEMENT

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On December 22, two rats in a Livermore, CA home within the Rattie Ratz foster network became suddenly ill and passed away on December 23. On December 22, a rat in a different Alameda, CA home within the Rattie Ratz foster network also became suddenly ill and passed away on December 25th. On Christmas Day, it was established that both incidents very likely involved the SDA virus. We did not confirm with an ELISA test but both households experienced the classic “throat lumps” commonly associated with the SDA virus.

In response to this knowledge, Rattie Ratz has put *ALL* homes in our foster network in quarantine until January 8th with instructions to watch for signs of *any* possible illness and report them immediately. The two homes affected appear to be isolated cases and will begin an 8 week quarantine AFTER all the symptoms have disappeared, which has not yet happened.

Unfortunately, we could not identify a common source of the viral infection.

SDA is a highly contagious virus that weakens the immune system. Secondary bacterial infections/symptoms must be aggressively treated when there is a virus involved. Please be aware that this virus is in the Bay Area. It is airborne and the going opinion is that it can live off host (on clothes, supplies, etc) for up to 3 hours. There is plenty of information about the virus online.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about this issue, please contact Diane Nesom at dnesom@gmail.com and she will respond to you as quickly as possible. If you are in the local area, have pet rats at home, and notice signs of illness, please get your rats into your vet ASAP.

King’s River Life Article

King’s River Life recently published “Rattie Ratz: Big Personalities“, written by ViVien Hoang, one of our volunteers.