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Next Adoption Event is August 2nd

Posted by Laura on July 27, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Our next adoption event is August 2nd in Columbus at Country Mart.  We will be bringing several of our dogs, lots of great rats both adult and baby.  Our crafts will be available for purchase as welll.  We are in dire need of supplies so any and all donations would be greatly appreciated.  Our biggest need right now in addition to food of course are blankets.  We have a mother dog and 4 little puppies who are going through clean blankets like mad. 



Ralphie has left the building!

Posted by Laura on March 2, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Well the start of the year was rough.  But Mimi & Ralphie have both been adopted by very loving homes! 

Im so very happy for both of my babies and their new families.  I need to send a big thank you out to the lovely ladies at K9 Campers in Seymour Indiana for giving both of my kids some great fun filled days while they were "seventh kids".  They loved being in daycamp and it opened up a wonderful world of meeting new dogs and new people in a comforting enviroment. 


Expect new pics shortly as we have new kids in the house.  First up will be Buster Brown a fabulous basset hound and Toto a gorgeous little grey/brown brindled boy who looks like he jumped out of Dorothy's basket in the Wizard of Oz.  Then the pics of our rattie boys will be posted. 

Beautiful Jessie isn't as scared as she was and has put on some very much needed weight.  She still has moments when she gets scared but nothing like her first few days here.  She is gorgeous and becoming a very confident lady.  Stay tuned for new pics of her as well. 

2014 is coming in like a vicious beast

Posted by Laura on February 12, 2014 at 3:35 AM



This year has been brutal so far.  We are currently relying on space heaters as our central heat has died.  We are back down to one decent car.  More babies are being abandoned and we are full.  We would like to take a moment to remember our babies who we have lost this year alone thus far.


Lady came to us at the advanced age of 14 to 15 yrs old.  A dog is never too old to love so we never say no to old ladies & gents.  She was abandoned with her best friend Gypsy at a high kill shelter in Tennessee.  She was a dignified and gentle soul who deserved so much better.


Ginger was a young sweet lady who was attacked by strays while being walked by her foster mom.  The foster mom did her best to protect her but dogs are much faster than people.  And when there are several dogs coming from different directions sometimes they can get by you.  Despite our vet's valiant efforts we lost our beautiful baby.


Felix was the most charming, endearing and loving little dog one could ever ask for.  He battled back problems and we thought he had them beat.  In the end it was Felix's kidneys that failed us.  After a week of daily vet visits, many medications and many prayers for his recovery Felix's little body began to shut down.   It was the final kindness to let him go.


It is a comfort to know that there are no crates, collars, leashes or bad dogs & bad people at the Bridge.  They all run free.  Happy & healthy.


Rescue is hard.  It is sad.  It is expensive.  But it is the most rewarding thing you can ever do.

If you have ever thought about fostering, donating or adopting now is really the time.

We will be doing more meet and greets in the future.

Posted by Laura on November 13, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Our last meet & greet adoption event was a great success.  Three dogs and several pairs of rats found homes due to the event.  It was actually a lot of fun  So we will keep you posted.  But for the latest info always check in with us on our facebook page.


New ratties ready for adoption

Posted by Laura on May 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Well it never stops.  Always more babies born into a world with no homes to go to.  We have another rattery closing.  A hobby breeder closing and owner surrenders.  Lots of boys and girls in need of love and affection.

Oh mama!

Posted by Laura on January 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM

It is with great joy I can write that all of our October babies are spoken for and/or adopted. We have one run left to do and that is to the northeast. It has been a great experience all in all. Although there was some heartache with it. With the last breeder/hoarder intake we took in some very malnourished ratties. Some of who we lost due to the longterm neglect they had endured. They will not be forgotten by those of us who struggled to save them. They were unique and beautiful little souls and greatly loved.

All told - we had 259 adoptable ratties inhouse on November 17th. We are now down to just a few adults left for adoption. It has been a lot of work and tears. But it has been a time filled with gratitude. I am so greatful to our wonderful adopters and transporters. And to those who have been working so hard behind the scenes to make all of the transports happen. Pam, Shay, Amber and Nicole - you guys always stand out in my mind as people who love animals and do all you can to help them. And I am so glad you all decided to adopt : ) Dawn - thank you for encouraging me in my darkest hours. And for setting the ball in motion for the the long distance runs. Cyndi honey we tried didn't we? Love you all.


New business - we have received a call that a lady may have a pregnant rat and if it is she cannot keep it. Yippee! Its only one!! So I will keep you posted on that.


I will be getting pics posted of the available adults this week. Thank you for your support. You are all awesome!

Babies & cages & rattie trains oh my!

Posted by Laura on December 1, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Wow! It has been crazy here with all of the new babies in house. They are all a handful but my gosh they are fun. We have recently aquired 3 used Critter Nations (!!!) and we are thrilled! But unfortunately they do not have pans. So we are asking for donations to buy 3 Bass base pans for them. It will be a huge benefit for us and all 3 pans with shipping will be under $100.00. The Rattie Train is coming together. I am really excited. We have rats slated westbound for Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, California, Idaho and Utah. The northbound run is going to Michigan and on into St Paul. The eastern run is going through Ohio and on up to New Hampshire. So if you know of anyone on those routes who may want a little ratties it isn't too late. We are waiving all adoption fees and the runs are volunteer basis only - so there will be no charge. I just need the mini app filled out and 2 excellent references.

LOTS of new rats in house and foster homes needed!

Posted by Laura on August 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Hi all! We have lots of new rats getting ready for their pics. Quarantine went well - no sniffles etc. We will have Dumbos, rexes and both boys and girls. Also we are in dire need of foster homes - another rattery closing and ratties need homes to go to. So if anyone is interested please email us if you are a previous adopter or use the contact page if you are new.


Posted by Laura on August 5, 2012 at 2:25 AM

We have babies. Our latest rescue litter is ready to go and we have adopted out 2 today with another 3 being picked up later this week - and we don't even have pics up yet lol! We have one little girl who is not spoken for and 4 little boys. So very cute! Pics should be up tomorrow.

We have a few starter kits left.

Posted by Laura on August 5, 2012 at 2:20 AM

We have a few more cages to use in our starter sets! Yay! This time we will not be able to do a complete package though. We can offer a pre-matched pair (to make sure they get along good), the cage and a water bottle. But due to it being a smaller starter set the cost is only $15.00. Of course the application process still applies. Thanks to all who have adopted for making it such a great success.

Ratties with starter kits.

Posted by Laura on May 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Due to many smaller cage donations we are considering offering a starter kit with certain ratties. It would be a cage (used but serviceable), a water bottle and a small bag of food to get you started. We think it would be a nice way to get the ratties into homes that perhaps may not have $100 to plunk down on a cage right away - but who would upgrade their rattie at a later date. As we love our adopters - we value your opinions. Feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Changes in delivery policy.

Posted by Laura on April 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Due to recent events we are now having to ask for a gas money donation for certain delivery spots. It has been brought about by people sending in adoption applications and arranging a time, confirming the time and then not showing up for the receipt of their chosen rattie. It is indeed their loss because the ratties are not removed from our site until the rat is in it's new home - so the ratties are still up for adoption. But it is a breach of trust than insures we cannot adopt to someone who could do this. It is unfortunate but we cannot subject our ratties to an hour and a half ride one way in some cases and the stress it brings about unless there is a great forever home as the payoff. The delivery donation is a drop in the bucket as to actual cost of delivery - it is more of a "good faith" donation. Delivery donation information is posted on our "About Us" page. Sorry for the change - to previous adopters our old policy still holds true.

Busy Times!

Posted by Laura on April 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

What a great April this is turning out to be! We have wonderful babies in wonderful new homes, we have new foster families to socialize and teach our little ones that we aren't all bad and we have made some great new friends. If you get a chance - take a minute and check out the new link to Heaven's Door Acres. They are like us - no 501c - all vet bills, feed and everything else is full price but they are doing fabulous work. I am going over to visit with them this week. I can't wait to see to see Fred - what a neat looking little goat.


Posted by Laura on April 7, 2012 at 2:55 AM

One of our foster moms has reported that her foster girl has safely given birth to 9 babies. Hopefully soon pics will be posted.

Back by popular demand.

Posted by Laura on April 6, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Well as you all can see we have a new website. It is wonderful for so many of you to have kept in touch with us over the years. Often this is a thankless task - but the rats are what it is all about. Wonderul little souls that we humans bring into this world and are responsible for. And thankfully many of my little souls have found their way into your homes and hearts.

Another great bit of news - a new rat rescue in Indy. Check them out on our resources page. They are just getting started so we need to support them as much as possible. We need as many people as possible out there rescuing and adopting rats. They are awesome!

Please feel free to contact us the same old way. Or you can contact us through this website.

Thank you all so much for being such great rattie parents.


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