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Animal ID: 2046Mighty Mouse (male)

Rat Terrier    Age: Young Adult

Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Mighty Mouse is an adorable Rat Terrier, who weighs 10 lbs. He is around a year old, but is ALL puppy. He loves to play with toys and will throw the ball around for himself if he can't convince you to do it. He is good with other dogs, but his energy annoys the older dogs in his foster home. Cats are fine, but he can and will bark and chase them because that's all in good fun. Mighty Mouse is wary of strangers at first and takes a little time to warm up, but show him you want to play and he'll be your best friend. Mighty Mouse is still working on his house-training. He sometimes forgets he is supposed to go outside, so frequent potty trips ... (Read More)will be a must when he first gets into his new home. He walks nicely on a leash and makes a great passenger in the car. He's an all-around fun guy, who would love a home where he gets to play as much as his heart desires. You can see more photos of Mighty Mouse at ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING MIGHTY MOUSE, 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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Animal ID: 2034Max (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Young Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Dogs, Good with Most Cats 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Max is a handsome 6-month-old Rat Terrier mix with some traits that suggest he has a Miniature Pinscher or two in his family tree. Weighing just 8 lbs., he's small in size, but he has a huge personality--with a great temperament and lots of energy. Max enjoys chasing a ball and playing with toys (especially the squeaky kind) and with other dogs. He gets along with both the dogs and cats in his foster home and would enjoy having a canine companion in his forever home. Max also likes to be wherever his people are so that he can get plenty of attention. When he is ready to settle down, he wants to be on your lap to get belly rubs and give lots ... (Read More)of puppy kisses and snuggles. He will even curl up right on your lap and take a nap. At bedtime, Max prefers to sleep in bed next to his people and has done well going all night with no accidents. If he's not able to get outside, he will use a potty pad if one is available. If you need to leave Max alone for part of the day, he will readily go into a crate if you offer a treat. He has learned that his crate is a good place, not a place for punishment. He's working hard at walking nicely on a leash, but he hopes you have a fenced yard, where he can run and explore to find treasures like leaves and twigs. He also hopes you'll enroll him in a puppy training class so that he can be the awesome little dog he knows he's meant to be. If you're looking for maximum fun in a pint-size pup, Max is your little man! ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING MAX, 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
Stafford, VA 22554 MAP IT!


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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-23-00562Precious (female)

Rat Terrier    Age: Puppy

Compatibility: Good w/ Most Dogs, Good w/ Most Cats, Good w/ Kids and Adults 
Personality: Average Energy, Submissive 
Health: Needs to be Spayed, Vaccinations Current 

    Precious came to us from a person in our community. She was surrendered along with her puppies. The owner was not willing to have her spayed and was tired of dealing with pups. Her words NOT mine. I can't make this up. Precious is a rat terrier around 10 pounds. She is great with dogs and other cats. She is somewhat submissive with people but she warms up and is rather sweet with people. She needs someone to love her and bring her the rest the way out of her shell. She spent her whole previous life living outside even in the dead of winter. She deserves a good life. She will go to her new home current on shots and deworming, on heartworm ... (Read More)preventive, and microchipped. We require a pre screen application to adopt. You can get that on our main website at (Less)

     Animal Location:

Save A Mutt Kennel-VA
Patrick County Ararat, VA 24053 MAP IT!

Office 276-698-2956 Fax 866-927-9756 Email We are a foster based group. We do not have a physical shelter. All our animals are fostered by others in their home.

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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-01-00187  (male)

Rat Terrier    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Dogs, Good with Kids and Adults 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current, Fearful/Anxious 

    Rocky was pulled from a shelter where he ended up after surgery from an attack by anither dog. He is good with dogs he knows but can be fearful of stange dogs. He sometimes yelps when pucked up or if his tie out touches the side he was bitten on. I believe it is due to his nerve damage from the attack. I can no longer keep him due to leaving an abusive situation and am basically homeless... Hes a great dog, house briken but must be on a tie out or fenced in yard

 Adoption Fee: $0 Animal Location:
Louisa County Louisa, VA MAP IT!


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Rescue Me ID: 17-08-01-00367SEBASTIAN (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Young Puppy

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

    Meet Sebastian! Sebastian came to us a few months ago with his sister, Stella. They were both very feral. Sebastian LOVES other dogs and would make a great playmate for someone. He's housebroken and crate trained but, as of right now, doesn't like to be petted. He wants to be near his people and will take treats from you but, for now, that's about it. He needs someone that has a fenced in yard that can slowly work with him to trust people. Could that be you? Approximately 3-4 months old. If you are interested in adopting this dog, please go to and fill out an adoption application.

     Animal Location:

Virginia Paws for Pits
Augusta County Staunton, VA 24401 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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Loudon County - Middleburg 20118
Middleburg Humane Foundation 540-364-3272

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winchester County - Winchester, VA 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, VA 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 23005
Hanover Humane Society 877-463-8837

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

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

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

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

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

Chesapeake City - Chesapeake 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 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, Virginia 24084
Pulaski County Humane Society 540-674-0089

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campbell County - Evington, Virginia 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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