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We partner with statewide animal shelters that do take rats and strive to respond to their call for assistance within 24 hours. We also accept rats from the public, but can only do so as we have space available and the financial resources to care for them. It's extremely challenging to meet the needs for rat rescue.
Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico, a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue, was formed in 2010 because there were no rat rescues in the state of New Mexico. Today, we're still the only New Mexico rat rescue. Because New Mexico has a very high poverty level and ranks among the highest (among all 50 states) for animal abuse there are far less animal rescues in New Mexico than in other states, and most are privately funded. Private funding can support some animal rescues, but not animal rescues that specialize in rats - an animal that is misunderstood, the subject of many myths, and considered to be disposable. Sadly, even some New Mexico animal shelters consider rats to be disposable. Some shelters don't accept rats at all and some of those that do often euthanize them shortly after intake.
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