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Rescue Me ID: 18-01-02-00035Charger (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Senior

Compatibility: Not Good with Cats, Good with Kids and Adults 
Personality: Average Energy, Very Submissive 
Health: Needs to be Neutered, Vaccinations Current, Fearful/Anxious 

    Charger is almost 10 years old and is a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix. He is a very loving dog, loves people and attention. It breaks my heart to have to get rid of him but my mom is ill and I have to leave. He's a great watchdog, let's me know if someone is outside. He's never been crated, loves to be covered up wth his blanket. He needs a good loving home. He loves to run and play. Potty trained and up to date on all shots. He doesn't like loud noises like fire works, it scares him and he will jump in your lap.

 Adoption Fee: $60.00 Animal Location:

Macomb County Ray, MI MAP IT!

Trynna Smith 586-256-4436

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Animal ID: 1947Charlie (male)

Rat Terrier    Age: Young Adult

Compatibility: Good with Adults (Not Kids) 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Handsome Charlie is a typical Rat Terrier youngster, who's about 1 1/2 years old and weighs 20 lbs. Agile and sturdy, he loves to play, run, jump, and tussle. Charlie is also a very smart dog, who enjoys learning new things and pleasing his humans. He is house-trained and working hard to become a totally well-mannered young man. He's learning to sit instead of bouncing high in the air when he's excited (like at dinnertime), and he's learning to walk politely on a leash. Because sometimes his youthful enthusiasm is too much to be contained, however, he needs a fenced yard, where he can frolic to his heart's content. Make that a secure ... (Read More)fence--at least 6 ft. high and not chain-link, which he can climb with ease! In fact, Charlie's so athletic and intelligent that he would make an amazing agility, flyball, or other performance dog. Like most of his breed, he's sweet, affectionate, and snuggly most of the time, but he does have a few defensive behaviors that a potential adopter needs to be aware of. Consistent and positive training methods and management of his environment have helped him (and will continue to help) with his quirks. For example, Charlie is very protective of his food and will bite people or dogs who invade his eating space. For this reason, he shouldn't go to a home with young children, who might not realize the significance of the food that they are holding or that the dog is protecting. He may also bite if he feels someone (human or canine) is encroaching on his space if he has a possession, like a toy, or a particular spot that he has claimed. That being said, this behavior hasn't happened often, and usually he gets along well with the other dogs and the dog-savvy cat in his foster home because these situations can be managed. Charlie is young and still learning there are better ways to express himself. If you're an experienced and patient pet parent who knows how to use positive training methods, you can help Charlie continue to learn better ways to communicate while he learns to trust. Charlie hopes you live no more than a few hours' drive from his foster home so that he can visit you and show you firsthand the kinds of situations that can trigger his occasional behavioral issues. To see more of this truly amazing, athletic, handsome and slightly challenging dog, check out Charlie's online photo album at ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING CHARLIE, please go to new Rattitude's website at, where there is detailed information and a link to our adoption application. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $175 Animal Location:

New Rattitude
Leslie, MI 49251 MAP IT!


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Rescue Me ID: 17-05-10-00584Sadie (female)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Dogs, Good with Adults (Not Kids) 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Spayed, Vaccinations Current, Deaf 

    Sadie is an 8 yr old Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix looking for her forever home. She's a very sweet and special girl with a calm disposition. She's 'quite shy at first but once she comes out of her shell she won't stop following you around. Young children and hyper dogs that get in her face tend to make Sadie nervous, causing her to nip so she will benefit best in a calm, quiet environment without young children or dogs that won't give her the space she needs. She does do fine with dogs that are more at her speed. We were told she's 100% deaf but we do wonder if at times she can hear certain loud noises. Sadie is housebroke/crate trained ... (Read More)and completely vetted and spayed. Her adoption fee is $250 with an approved application (plus the fee towards gas for any home visit/possible adoption). There is more information on the adoption application. If you have any further questions or would like the adoption application, please contact us! (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $250 Animal Location:

ROAR Rescue
Gladwin County Beaverton, MI MAP IT!

(989) 329-0442

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Animal ID: 0511Zhorbit (female)

Rat Terrier    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Not Good with Cats, Good with Adults (Not Kids) 
Personality: Average Energy 
Health: Spayed, Vaccinations Current 

    Zhorbit says, 'Love me as I am.' This beautiful 10-year-old girl had a hard start in life. Through no fault of her own, she carries the baggage of her undersocialized and possibly abusive beginnings. For the past seven years in her foster home, she has been shown only love and kindness, and she has learned to trust certain people and to relax enough to truly enjoy her life. This includes training classes--Zhorbit has an impressive r̩sum̩ that includes everything from basic obedience to agility. When the people around her are sensitive to her stressors and triggers, Zhorbit is happy, playful, and obedient. She is not a fan of cats, and ... (Read More)while she gets along with other small dogs, she would not do well in a multidog household. Zhorbit is house-trained and will bark to be let out. She is afraid of being crated but can be left loose in the house for several hours at a time without causing any problems. Zhorbit enjoys daily walks for exercise (it keeps her at a fit 15 lbs.) and also likes to snuggle up to her favorite human for quiet time. Potential adopters must live within driving distance of Lansing, Michigan, so they can have a preadoption meet-and-greet with Zhorbit and her foster parents. Due to Zhorbit's fear issues, she cannot be adopted to a family with children under the age of 10. For more pictures of Zhorbit, visit her online photo album at ========================================================================================If you are interested in adopting Zhorbit, please go to new Rattitude's website at, where there is detailed information and a link to our adoption application. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $175 Animal Location:

New Rattitude
Clinton County Dewitt, MI 48820 MAP IT!


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PIease Read Before Adopting a Rat Terrier in Michigan
    Rat Terrier Dogs can make good pets in Michigan if they match your IifestyIe. The Rat Terrier is a small breed of hunting dog also sometimes known as a Feist. Rat Terriers are vivacious, playful, and bold. This breed is great with children. Adult Rat Terriers adapt well to adoption. Rat Terriers are very smart and trainable. This breed can live in an apartment but needs plenty of vigorous exercise each day. Rat Terriers enjoy romping in a fenced yard, but because they are enthusiastic diggers, fences should be buried or reinforced around the base.

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    A single Rat Terrier can kill thousands of rodents in just a few hours. Rat Terriers come in several color variations, but the first Rat Terriers were always black and tan.

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Michigan Animal Rescue
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St Clair County - Clyde, MI 48049
St. Clair County Humane Society 810-987-4357

Oakland County - Troy 48098
Long Lake Animal Hospital 248-689-8899

Washtenaw County - Ann Arbor 48105
Humane Society of Huron Valley 734-662-4365

Washtenaw County - Ann Arbor, Michigan 48113
The Zimmer Foundation 734-663-8000

Monroe County - Ida, MI 48140
Alliance for Spay-Neuter and Pet Rescue 734-243-1800

Wayne County - Lincoln Park, Michigan 48146
Friends of Lincoln Park Animals 313-381-9020

Tuscola County - Caro, MI 48723
Humane Society of Tuscola County 989-672-PETS

Iosco County - Tawas City 48763
Iosco County Animal Shelter 989-362-3170

Ingham County - Lansing, MI 48906
Capital Area Humane Society 517-626-6060

Kalamazoo County - Kalamazoo 49008
Kalamazoo Humane Society 269-345-1181

Kalamazoo County - Oshtemo 49077
Animal's Best Friend Fund 269-624-1090

Muskegon County - Muskegon, Michigan 49442
West Michigan SPCA 231-788-5933

Kent County - Kentwood, MI 49508
C-SNIP 616-455-8220

Kent County - Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Humane Society of Kent County 616-453-8900

Charlevoix County - Boyne City 49712
Charlevoix County Humane Society 231-582-6774

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