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Animal ID: 2002Zeke (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Young Adult

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

    Friendly, loving, energetic, and cute as a button, Zeke is 10 lbs. of happiness. That's not too surprising when you consider the recent fortuitous turn of events in the life of this 1-year-old Rattie mix. Not long ago, Zeke was sitting in a Georgia animal shelter, where he'd been turned in as a stray. You might say things were looking bleak for Zeke! Then New Rattitude stepped in, rescued him, and brought him to Virginia. Today he's enjoying long walks in the neighborhood, romping in the backyard, and following his foster mom around. Now Zeke is on a lucky streak! He gets along well with the two other dogs in his foster home and would ... (Read More)probably love to have another dog in his new family, although he would also do well as an only dog. When it's time to chill, he'll curl up with the other dogs on the couch or crawl into his foster mom's lap and cuddle. When Zeke first arrived, he lifted his leg indoors and marked a bit (not unusual for an unneutered male), but since being neutered, he hasn't had any accidents when kept on a consistent schedule. At night, Zeke sleeps quietly in his crate in the bedroom. This sweet, affectionate little guy is patiently waiting for his forever home. Sneak a peak at more pics of Zeke at (Couldn't he be the one you seek?) ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING ZEKE, 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
Springfield, VA 22153 MAP IT!


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Animal ID: 1983Cici (female)

Rat Terrier    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good w/ Most Dogs, Not Good w/ Cats, Good w/ Kids and Adults 
Health: Spayed, Vaccinations Current 

    Sweet, svelte Cici came to New Rattitude when her owner could no longer care for her and surrendered her to a shelter. Suffering from an eye infection, slightly underweight, and in need of spaying, she required a little extra care in the beginning, but this pretty little princess had no problems with the pampering! Cici endured her medications, baths, and recovery without a single complaint. Though the fur around her eyes is still growing back, the infection has been treated, and her weight is up to the goal of 11 to 12 lbs. Cici's 9 years of experience have equipped her with lovely qualities. She's a gentle, tolerant, and largely quiet ... (Read More)girl, who adores being held and petted or sleeping in her crate with lots of soft blankets to nestle under. She loves to chase and shake plush toys and would welcome another dog to snuggle and play with. She gets along with all her canine foster siblings, big and small, as well as with children and grown-ups. Cici does have the Rattie love of the hunt, so she cannot go to a house with cats or other small, uncaged animals. Quite the little lady at all other times, she's house-trained and will go to the door when she needs to go out. She walks well on the leash, but she would love to have a fenced yard to allow her to do her business, chase bugs and squirrels, and explore at her leisure. Little Miss Cici looks forward to having new companions to love and snuggle, some new toys to toss and shake, and a home to cherish happily ever after. ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING CICI, 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
Wingina, VA 24599 MAP IT!


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Animal ID: 7444Harvey's Mission (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Puppy

Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Meet Harvey's Mission, a one-year old, 10 lb male who appears to be a Rat Terrier mix. In the shelter and in his foster homes, Mission has been super playful. He's a very funny little guy with lots of character. Mission enjoyed meeting a new family and was very happy for the attention. Mission is still adjusting to the many recent changes in his life and is a little nervous around quick movements so slow introductions and slow movements near him are best to help him adjust. Mission is neutered and up to date on vaccines and monthly preventatives. Want to meet this little fella? Apply at the following link: ... (Read More)OPH partnered with Old Town Pet Resort and San Antonio Pets Alive to assist 12 dogs who found themselves displaced through Hurricane Harvey. Through the generosity of these two organizations, we were able to bring in these dogs and ensure they were out of harms way! Old Towne Pet Resort in Springfield graciously created a seamless transition for these pups from the shelter to their resort where the dogs are being cared for, evaluated, nurtured and prepared for their forever homes. San Antonio Pets Alive cared for each and every dog and provided medical attention and vetting prior to the dogs' arrival. OPH truly believes that 'It Takes a Village' to make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs. Through this Operation Hurricane initiative, we have seen the best of our local business partners and could not be more proud to partner with them! Operation Paws for Homes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of dogs from high kill shelters in the south. Learn more about our Adoption Process & Fees at: Adoption fees are as follows: 'ۢ Adult dogs with microchips: $335 'ۢ Adult dogs without microchips: $325 'ۢ Dogs 7 years of age and older: $250 'ۢ Puppies (6 months and under) who are spayed/neutered: $375 'ۢ Puppies too young to be spayed/neutered: $375 - Up to $75 of this fee will be refunded based on the cost incurred by adopter for spay/neuter. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $335 Animal Location:

Operation Paws For Homes
Fairfax County Alexandria, VA MAP IT!


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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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Animal ID: 1925Keegan (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Young Puppy

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

    Keegan is a handsome 6-month-old 16-lb. Rat Terrier mix with a great personality and a beautiful blend of playful and calm. Keegan enjoys playing with toys and playing chase with his littermate, Pippin, in the backyard at his foster home, but once playtime is over, he settles down for a good nap. Keegan can be a little shy when meeting new people but will warm up quickly, especially if a treat is involved. He does well with the other dogs and cats in his foster home, but he's definitely a people dog too. He'll want to be wherever you are, soaking up any attention you might direct his way. At night he'll sleep in his crate if you want, but if ... (Read More)you'd like to invite him into your bed, he'll happily oblige and thank you with puppy kisses before drifting off to sleep. Keegan is doing well with potty training and will use a potty pad in an emergency. He's also learning to walk on a leash although he'd much rather run around in the yard and play. Keegan would like to take a puppy obedience class with you so that he can keep working on his socialization and leash walking. ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING KEEGAN, 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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Animal ID: 1929Pippin (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Young Puppy

Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Pippin is a 6-month-old Rat Terrier mix puppy, who currently weighs 17 lbs. Pippin is full of energy and loves to chase his siblings and play. Pippin also likes to be wherever his people are so he can get belly rubs and give lots of puppy kisses and snuggles. If you're not giving him the attention he thinks he deserves, he will let you know and then follow up with a kiss of approval when he decides you've succeeded. Pippin likes exploring the backyard and playing with the leaves and twigs. He'll even bring a trophy from the yard to the house from time to time. In addition to outdoor adventures, he's fond of his toys, especially if they ... (Read More)squeak. Pippin lives with other dogs and cats in his foster home and has no problems getting along with them. Pippin is doing well with potty training, and when he is not able to get outside, he will use a potty pad. He is learning to walk on a leash (although he is not very fond of it), and while he'd happily sleep snuggled next to his person, he is crate trained and will sleep in his crate at night. With his great temperament and personality, he's sure to be a wonderful companion for any home, and he hopes you'll continue his training so that he can be the most awesome dog ever! No doubt about it, once you meet him, you'll flip for Pip! ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING PIPPIN, 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
Virginia 22554


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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, VA 20122
Prevent a Litter Coalition 888-SPAY-4-VA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harrisonburg County - Harrisonburg 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, Virginia 22974
Fluvanna SPCA 434-591-0123

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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