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Published:March 26th, 2012 13:09 EST

Michigan Humane Society Holds Rat Adoption Day

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Nine-year-old Jesse Stump didn`t choose his newest pet rats - they chose him. He said the rats, sisters named Thelma and Daphne, immediately took a liking to him during the Michigan Humane Society rat adoption event Saturday.


`They started biting me,` he said. `They started crawling up.`"

Detroit News

I`m an animal lover, there has never been a time in my adult life when I didn`t have at least two pets in my home. Indeed I`m more than just an animal lover, I advocate for the rights of animals.

But when my home was infested with rats I didn`t make a call to the SPCA to come rescue the rats, I immediately called an exterminator.

But different strokes for different folks I always say, and if someone wants to adopt a rat -- more power to them. Little Jesse knew that the rats Thelma and Daphne liked him because they bit him. Call me a bit eccentric, but I like pets who express their love by purring and rubbing their warm noses against me.

The rat adoption event wasn`t exactly a tremendous success, at the end of the day the Michigan Humane Society managed to find homes for only five rats.

I would never adopt a rat, but I commend the humane society for holding the rat adoption event: It teaches children to love all animals.

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Editor`s Note, I received the following tweet from MHSKevin Community Relations Coordinator for the Michigan Humane Society:

Hey, correction to your article - we adopted out all 13 of our rats, not just the 5 you mention!