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Animal ID: 2073Lady Bird (female)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Not Good with Cats 
Health: Spayed, Vaccinations Current 

    Lady Bird displayed such a sweet, easy-going personality in the Virginia shelter where she was being held that the shelter workers were convinced there must a Rat Terrier hiding under what has to be a pure Jack Russell exterior. And so Lady Bird made her way as an 'honorary' Rattie to New Rattitude, where she is affectionately called Birdie by her foster family. Birdie is 8 years old and around 20 lbs. She is quite friendly with people she knows, but a little aloof with strangers. While she's tolerant of respectful children, she doesn't go out of her way to seek out their company and will nip if pestered, so her new family will need to ... (Read More)respect her boundaries. Overall, Birdie is a very easy dog to care for. She is completely house-trained and regularly uses a dog door. Although crate trained, she can be trusted to be left alone uncrated. She also walks nicely on a leash and travels well in a car. Birdie likes to entertain herself by occasionally barking at the bigger dogs in her foster home or the birds she spies outdoors. She also enjoys walking and exploring with her foster mom and hopes her forever family will take her on similar adventures. Beyond that, she may nap in her basket next to a heater or in the sun, put her front paws on your leg to ask for an ear rub, or just snuggle contentedly by your side. Birdie gets along fine with dogs that do not overwhelm her but will put more energetic dogs in their place. She is also reactive with bigger dogs if they're on the other side of a fence, but otherwise she behaves with them. She does have a strong prey drive, so she shouldn't be in a home with cats or other small pets as she could hurt them. Birdie longs to be a loyal companion to a person who's looking for a dog who's easy to care for and easy to love. You can see more photos of Lady Bird at . Her big brown eyes will show you how much love she has to give. ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING LADY BIRD, 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
Piney River, VA 22964 MAP IT!


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Animal ID: 2056Harry (male)

Rat Terrier    Age: Senior

Compatibility: Good w/ Most Dogs, Good w/ Most Cats, Good w/ Kids and Adults 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Say hello to Harry, a sweet 9-lb. 13-year-old Rattie, full of wonder for the new things he's experiencing since his rescue from a puppy mill. Having spent most, if not all, of his life in a small cage, Harry is now learning about life on the outside, and he likes it! He's learning about things like soft green grass and the loving touch of a human hand. Although much is new and a bit surprising, Harry has quickly decided that snuggling and love are two things he can't have enough of. He might hesitate a little when hands reach to pick him up, but when he knows he is going to his comfy place on the sofa or a lap, he's so happy that he shuffles ... (Read More)and snorts and then cuddles right up for a snooze. Child and adult alike, everyone who meets Harry falls in love with him. No one is a stranger when they approach him gently, and he'll curl right up with anyone who will scratch his neck or belly. Harry is also delighted just to follow you around, especially if you're thinking about stopping by the kitchen. Poor dental care from his years in the puppy mill resulted in the loss of his lower jaw, but this doesn't stop Harry from gobbling up his meals or taking treats. If things get too loud, he might retreat to his crate, but he'll soon come out again, too curious to resist peeking in and making certain where everyone is. At night, he'd love to sleep in the bed with you or in a comfortable open-door crate. Harry shows no interest in the outdoor cat in his foster home and gets along beautifully with all of the dogs, two of whom he tries to buddy up with whenever they've placed themselves nearby. Because Harry had never learned where it's proper to go potty and because grass is still a bit of an enigma, he's being trained first on puppy pads, which he's been quite good at using. Soon he will transition to using the yard. Since he is still unsure about that thing called a leash, a fenced yard would be best for him at least in the beginning. Although he's a bit bemused by the newness of it all, this wonderful little guy is coming along day by day, and he's ever so ready for a forever family to guide him and help him discover what a dog's life is really meant to be. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $175 Animal Location:

New Rattitude
Wingina, VA 24599 MAP IT!


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Animal ID: 2054Beatrice (female)

Rat Terrier    Age: Senior

Compatibility: Good w/ Most Dogs, Good w/ Most Cats, Good w/ Kids and Adults 
Health: Spayed, Vaccinations Current 

    Meet Beatrice, an exquisitely eared Rat Terrier, who was rescued with five other dogs from a backyard breeder. For most of her 13 years, Beatrice lived in a crate with brief visits to a small yard covered with brick pavers. The first time she set foot on grass was a shock, but she adjusted quickly. Today Beatrice is learning how wonderful life as a dog can be! And you'd never know where she came from as she is one of the happiest, friendliest dogs you'll ever meet. She wags her whole body in joy at being petted and talked to, and she was in awe when she discovered the TV in her foster home. (She's a perfect TV buddy.) Beatrice has no ... (Read More)teeth--a condition which doesn't keep her from enjoying meals or licking you profusely but does give her a cute little 'tongue-out' grin. Beatrice has no issues with dogs or cats. In fact, she seems friendly with all other animals. She takes a few minutes to warm up to new people but has no fear or aggression issues. She has even met the grandchildren of her foster parents and was happy to get affection from them. Beatrice is working very hard to understand house-training, but because she lived in a crate for so long, it's a slow process. You'll be able to help by taking her outside for brief walks on a frequent, regular schedule so that she'll have plenty of opportunities to 'perform' and learn what's expected of her. And when the accidents happen, they are tiny since Beatrice herself weighs only 10 lbs. Wouldn't you like to share a dog's absolute joy as she discovers life beyond the crate? That's possible if you open your home and heart to Beatrice. More photos of this bat-eared beauty are available at ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING BEATRICE, 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
Piney River, VA 22964 MAP IT!


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Animal ID: 2030 & 2031Gizmo & Stripe (male)

Rat Terrier    Age: Adult

Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Hi! We're Gizmo and Stripe, Rattie mix brothers, who are 9 years old and weigh 11 and 12 lbs. respectively. We have never been apart from each other, so we come to you as a package deal. That's right! We need to be adopted together. Our foster parents tell us that we are good boys and no trouble at all. We just want to sit with you and get lots of love, attention, and kisses. We get along with the other dogs and cats in our foster home, but really we'd prefer to be the only two fellas in your life. (More attention for us, you see.) We're fully house-trained and crate trained, but we're so good loose in the house that we don't really need to ... (Read More)go in a crate. Nevertheless, we don't mind a crate as long as you give us a treat. We'll sleep there at night if you want, but we would rather sleep in bed with you and help you stay warm and cozy at night. One of us, Gizmo, likes to burrow under the covers, while the other, Stripe, will spend most of the time on top with occasional forays to the warmer regions beneath the sheets. Both of us are very fine leash walkers, but for taking care of business, we like going out in a fenced yard. (We'll come right back just as soon as we're done.) If you think it might be fun to adopt one dog, imagine how great it would be to have BOTH of us distinguished gentlemen in your life. You'll be over the moon, and so will we! ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING GIZMO & STRIPE, please go to new Rattitude's website at, where there is detailed information and a link to our adoption application. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $350 Animal Location:

New Rattitude
Stafford, VA 22554 MAP IT!


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PIease Read Before Adopting a Rat Terrier in Virginia
    Rat Terrier Dogs can make good pets in Virginia 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. 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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Loudon County - Middleburg, Virginia 20118
Middleburg Humane Foundation 540-364-3272

Fairfax County - Centreville 20122
Prevent a Litter Coalition 888-SPAY-4-VA

Arlington County - Arlington, VA 22204
Capital Animal Care 703-486-0303

Arlington County - Arlington VA, VA 22206
Animal Welfare League of Arlington 703-931-9241

Arlington County - Arlington, VA 22207
Feral Cat Coalition 703-538-1921

Arlington County - Arlington 22207
Metro Ferals 703-528-7782

Arlington County - Arlington, Virginia 22210
SPAY Inc/SPCA of Northern VA 703-522-7920

Alexandria City - Alexandria 22304
Alexandria Animal Shelter 703-838-4775

Alexandria County - Alexandria, Virginia 22304
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria 703-838-4774

Winchester County - Winchester 22601
SPCA -- Winchester 540-662-8616

Harrisonburg County - Harrisonburg 22801
Cat's Cradle 540-438-5222

Harrisonburg County - Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
Shenandoah Valley Clinic 540-437-1980

Charlottesville City - Charlottesville, Virginia 22906
Charlottesville SPCA 804-973-5959

Orange County - Orange, VA 22960
Orange County Animal Shelter 540-672-1124

Fluvanna County - Troy, VA 22974
Fluvanna SPCA 434-591-0123

Hanover County - Ashland, Virginia 23005
Hanover Humane Society 877-463-8837

Goochland County - Crozier, VA 23039
PetFix Coalition 888-PET-FIX1

Louisa County - Louisa 23093
SNAP Louisa (Spay/Neuter All Pets) 540-967-3573

Goochland County - Manakin-Sabot 23103
For the Love of Animals in Goochland 804-342-6975

James City County - Williamsburg, VA 23185
Heritage Humane Society 757-221-0150

Richmond County - Richmond, VA 23220
Richmond SPCA/Robins-Starr Humane 804-521-1300

Chesapeake City - Chesapeake, VA 23321
Meower Power 757-399-0001

Richmond County - Richmond, VA 23221
PAL Veterinary Hospital 804-359-MEOW

Richmond County - Richmond 23221
PreventALitter Veterinary Hospital 804-359-MEOW

Richmond County - Richmond, Virginia 23231
Richmond HERO 804-788-HERO

Isle of Wight County - Smithfield, VA 23431
Isle of Wight Humane Society 757-357-4214

Virginia Beach County - Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Virginia Beach SPCA 757-739-9306

Roanoke County - Roanoke 24016
Angels of Assisi Spay/Neuter Clinic 540-344-8707

Pulaski County - Dublin, VA 24084
Pulaski County Humane Society 540-674-0089

Floyd County - Floyd, VA 24091
Floyd County Humane Society 540-745-7207

Henry County - Martinsville 24112
SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County 276-632-0548

Franklin County - Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Planned Pethood Clinic 540-489-3491

Salem County - Salem, VA 24153
Salem Animal Shelter 540-375-3038

Bristol County - Bristol, VA 24202
Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic 276-591-5790

Bristol County - Bristol, Virginia 24203
Holly Help Spay/Neuter Fund 276-466-5375

Augusta County - Staunton, VA 24401
Augusta Regional SPCA 540-885-7722

Bedford County - Bedford, Virginia 24523
Bedford Humane Society 540-586-6100

Campbell County - Evington, VA 24550
South Central Spay/Neuter Clinic 434-821-4922

Tazewell County - Falls Mills, Virginia 24613
Pet Haven Rescue Center 276-326-3483

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