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Rescue Me ID: 16-05-02-00592Deacon (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Young Adult

Compatibility: Good w/ Most Dogs, Good w/ Most Cats, Good w/ Adults (Not Kids) 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    This adorable fellow is ready to find a forever-snuggle buddy! Within days of being fostered, Deacon picked up a handful of basic commands that help him be a great housemate. Worried about dirty paws in the house but love dogs? Deacon has learned to 'sit' and give you his 'left paw' then 'right paw' to wipe off before heading back to his chosen snuggle spot (most likely your lap). Deacon can even cover himself up with his blanket at night! Deacon does great on a leash, has never had an accident at his foster home, and knows how to respond to 'go potty' when outside. He gets along great with the other pup in our household and seems to look ... (Read More)up to her for direction, so we think he'd make a good side-kick for another canine pal. Deacon doesn't mind cats and although he is curious about them he seems to respect that they are generally larger than he is! We suspect there were people in Deacon's past who weren't kind to him but he really enjoys being treated like a loved member and will do well with someone willing to be patient with him as he adjusts to living in his home. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $100 Animal Location:

Hope Animal Rescue
Durham County Durham, NC 27704 MAP IT!


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Rescue Me ID: 16-04-16-00079Rosie (female)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Young Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Dogs, Good with Kids and Adults 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Spayed, Vaccinations Current 

    Hi I'm Rosie. I am a 3 year old Rat Terrier. I am a happy friendly doggy that likes to be wherever my foster mom is. I follow her everywhere. I don't love my crate. I sleep in my foster sister's bed with her every night. I will go in my crate, but I whine and bark for a while before I settle down, but I always settle down eventually. My foster mom gives me little treats to eat and chew on in the crate. I might not be best for apartment living since my barking will get annoying to the neighbors if I am crated. My foster mom usually takes me everywhere she can since I am such a good girl and i love car rides. I am house trained and I love ... (Read More)running around in my back yard. Boy can I jump. I have a vertical of about 4.5 feet. I haven't tried to jump the fence though. I love chewing on squeaky toys and my favorite game is playing fetch in the house with my little piggy toy. I am a good listener too. I do what my foster mom tells me....most of the time. I really love sleeping and snoring on the couch with people. I am good with children, and small dogs. I haven't been introduced to big dogs yet, or cats. Adoption fee is $225 Applications can be filled out at (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $225 Animal Location:

Franklin County Humane Society
Franklin County Youngsville, NC 27596 MAP IT!

Allyce Johnson (cats) 919-422-6906;
Dana Lotz (dogs) 919-990-1045

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Rescue Me ID: 16-04-07-00440Luigi (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Senior

Compatibility: Not Good with Other Dogs, Good with Kids and Adults 
Personality: Average Energy, Very Dominant 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    I call him my 'Crotchety Old Man' but he's a little love bug. He's just so scared of everything. More loyal than most of us deserve - he waited for his people to come back for him for 5 days after they dropped him off. For someone with other dogs to adopt him, it'll take a strong pack leader. I've got him to the point that he interacts with 12 others in the same home but he's not happy about it.

 Adoption Fee: 25. Animal Location:

Angels Retreat Rescue
Clay County Hayesville, NC MAP IT!


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Animal ID: DF1601014Charlene (female)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Puppy

Compatibility: Good w/ Most Dogs, Good w/ Most Cats, Good w/ Kids and Adults 
Personality: High Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Spayed 

    Meet Charlene! Another forgotten soul that was left at the County shelter. We believe her to be a Whippet Rat Terrier mix. She's a little over 1 year old, heart worm negative, and up to date on all vaccines. She will also be spayed before adoption. A very sweet and friendly girl who has lots of energy and loves to play!. Are you the family that will welcome her into her forever home? Her adoption fee is $200. Her ID is DF1601014. An application is available by clicking on the following link You can email it back to us at, or fax it to ... (Read More)910-738-8685. All animals at RCHS are up to date on vaccinations, tested for Felv/Fiv, heart worm and treated if positive, dewormed and spayed or neutered if over the age of 6 months. If they are younger than 6 months, the adopter receives a voucher that is good at any vet and covers a portion of the procedure. For more info on how to adopt, please email us at or call the shelter at 910-738-8282. Robeson county Humane Society is a non-profit no-kill State recognized 501c3 that operates primarily from donations, fundraisers and volunteers, with minimal Government support. If you'd like to donate to our cause, please visit our website at (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $200.00 Animal Location:

Robeson County Humane Society
3180w 5th Street
Robeson County Lumberton, NC 28358 MAP IT!


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Rescue Me ID: 15-08-23-00351Oscar (male)

Rat Terrier    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good w/ Most Dogs, Good w/ Most Cats, Good w/ Adults (Not Kids) 
Personality: Low Energy, Somewhat Dominant 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current, Arthritis, Blind 

    Oscar Rat Terrier Birthdate: 2007 Oscar is a purebred rat terrier that is full of personality. Oscar enjoys taking walks and 'hanging out' in the exercise yard at HHAF. He would prefer a home without children as they tend to frighten him. He was born apprx. September 29, 2007. Oscar enjoys the company of other small dogs and ignores cats.

 Adoption Fee: $195.00 Animal Location:

Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc
3143 Happy Hills Dr.
Randolph County Staley, NC 27355 MAP IT!

Lisa Sparks 336-622-3620;
Cheryl Routh 336-622-3620

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Animal ID: D-15-080Sundae Rose (female)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Young Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Dogs, Not Good with Cats 
Personality: Average Energy, Submissive 
Health: Spayed, Vaccinations Current 

    Sundae is a gorgeous girl with unique brown, black, and white markings - she's got the coloring of an ice cream sundae with fudge and caramel sauce! She's got a sweet face with black freckles and a black mark on one cheek that looks like a paint brush stroke. Sundae's a skinny girl with long, lanky legs. Sundae is happy to be anything you want her to be...except homeless! She likes to spend her days wrestling with her foster brother, munching on antlers, and cuddling on the couch. She knows how to sit, down, and wait, and loves to run in the dog park. Even when she's not quite sure what you're talking about, you can tell she just wants to ... (Read More)make you happy! She can be crated, but would love some extra TLC (and peanut butter!) to help smooth the transition. She is also working very hard at walking politely on a leash with the help of her favorite hot dogs. She is house trained. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $150 Animal Location:

Kathryn's Foster Dogs
Durham County North Carolina


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Animal ID: 1616Charlie (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Not Good with Cats 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    If Charlie could speak, he'd tell you he's ready to leave the past where it belongs and embrace the future! That's because this 25-lb. 5-year-old Rat Terrier/Corgi mix has learned that most people can still be trusted, even though he lost the only home he'd ever known when his owner no longer had time for him. Charlie and his foster family have worked hard to heal his broken heart and now he spends his days making up for lost time! Charlie has a funny personality and the goofy energy of a young pup, and in fact he does love to speak--in an endearing grumble in which he'll converse with you on any topic. He also loves to 'help' with many ... (Read More)household chores (dinner and laundry are his favorites), 'ask' for a walk or car ride (he's a master at leash walking and LOVES to go anywhere!), chew on a bone, patrol the backyard, or partake of his newest pastime--playing with his canine foster sisters! When he's had his fill of fun, he'll likely be found snoring on your lap or next to you on the couch. While day-to-day activities are a breeze for him, a few situations can make Charlie fearful. For one, crates can be frightening, but his foster family has worked with him to desensitize him to a crate. He now happily eats meals in one and will go in for a treat and wait patiently to be let him out when he's finished. Nevertheless, he can panic when crated if he can't see a person or another dog, so he can't be left in a crate during the day at this point in his training. (Fortunately he's house trained and trustworthy when left home alone.) Charlie is also insecure around large, assertive male dogs, yet having a canine companion helps him learn the rules of the home while providing him with a playmate, so he'd be happiest with a female or a smaller, easy-going male dog. Cats intrigue him so much that he makes himself a pest to even the most dog-savvy felines; a home without one is likely best, though he is slowly learning his manners around kitties. He's also improving his manners around children, but sudden loud noises, commotion, or grabby hands can sometimes cause him to panic; a home without children under age 12 would be best for him. Are you dog savvy? Can you see a spunky, talkative guy in your future? Then Charlie's ready for your embrace! He just needs to know that forever really means forever this time. If you're of a similar opinion and willing to earn his trust, you'll have the most faithful and loyal companion ever! To see more photos of Charlie, check out his 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
Knightdale, NC 27545 MAP IT!


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Rescue Me ID: 14-10-26-00442Willie (male)

Rat Terrier    Age: Puppy

Compatibility: Good with Most Dogs, Good with Adults (Not Kids) 
Personality: Average Energy, Very Submissive 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Willie is a 2 year old rat terrier who has been through a lot in his life and now gets possessive over his toys' blankets. etc. Willie has improved quite a bit since he's been here with us and now he even gives kisses! Willie is wonderful with other dogs. *a home with no kids is preferred for Willie* If interested in Willie please contact us.

 Adoption Fee: $150 Animal Location:

Rowan County Salisbury, NC 28147 MAP IT!

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PIease Read Before Adopting a Rat Terrier in North Carolina
    Rat Terrier Dogs can make good pets in North Carolina 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 are often mistaken for Jack Russells. The Rat Terrier was one of the most popular Depression-era working dog breeds.

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North Carolina Animal Rescue
(Sorted by Zip Code.)

Davie County - Mocksville 27028
Humane Society of Davie County 336-751-5214

Forsyth County - Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
Forsyth Humane Society 336-721-1303

Orange/Wake/Durham County - Mebane, NC 27302
Animal Protection Society 919-304-2300

Rockingham County - Wentworth, NC 27375
Rockingham Humane Society 336-349-4379

Guilford County - Greensboro, North Carolina 27405
Triad Spay-Neuter Clinic 336/375-6080

Guilford County - Greensboro 27429
Feral Cat Assistance Program 336-378-0878

Wake County - Cary, NC 27512
Operation Catnip 919-460-0610

Wayne County - Goldsboro 27530
Wayne County Humane Society 919-736-PETS

Wake County - New Hill, North Carolina 27562
SNAP-NC 919-783-SNAP

Johnston County - Smithfield, NC 27577
Johnston County Animal Protection 919-989-7601

Wake County - Raleigh 27603
SPCA of Wake County 919-772-2326

Wake/Durham/Orange/Person County - Raleigh, North Carolina 27605
AnimalKind 919-870-1660

Wake County - Raleigh, NC 27616
SAFE Haven For Cats 919-872-1128

Wake County - Raleigh, North Carolina 27675
Operation Catnip 919-779-7247

Pitt County - Greenville, North Carolina 27836
Saving Graces 4 Felines 252-321-8839

Wilson County - Wilson 27895
Wilson County Humane Society 252-243-2566

Cabarrus County - Concord 28025
Humane Society of Concord 704-784-4434

Cabarrus County - Concord 28025
Cabarrus Spay Neuter Clinic 704-784-6304

Gaston County - Gastonia, North Carolina 28055
Animal League of Gaston County 704-718- 4673

Union County - Monroe, NC 28111
Humane Society of Union County 704-283-9126

Rowan County - Salisbury, North Carolina 28145
Humane Society of Rowan County 704-636-5700

Anson County - Wadesboro, NC 28170
Humane Society of Anson County 704-695-3116

Mecklenburg County - Charlotte, NC 28203
Humane Society of Charlotte 704-333-4130

Mecklenburg County - Charlotte, NC 28247
Friends of Felines 704-348-1578

New Hanover County - Castle Hayne, NC 28429
Friends of Felines 910-452-6721

Onslow County - Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540
Carolina Animal Protection Society 252-422-6770

Craven County - New Bern 28563
Colonial Capital Humane Society 252-633-0146

Watauga County - Boone 28607
Wautauga Humane Society 828-264-7865

Avery County - Newland, NC 28657
Avery Humane Society 828-733-6312

Polk/Landrum County - Columbus 28722
Foothills Humane Society 828-863-4444

Madison County - Marshall 28753
Friends of Madison County Animals 828-649-9798

Buncombe County - Skyland, NC 28776
Animal Compassion Network 828-258-4820

Mitchell County - Spruce Pine 28777
Mitchell County Animal Rescue 828-765-6952

Jackson County - Sylva, NC 28779
Jackson County Humane Society 828-586-5647

Haywood County - Waynesville, NC 28786
Haywood Animal Welfare Assn 828-452-1329

Buncombe County - Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic 828-252-8804

Buncombe County - Asheville, NC 28801
Humane Alliance of Western NC 828-252-2079

Cherokee County - Marble 28905
Western Carolina Spay-Neuter Clinic 828-837-2304

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