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Rescue Me ID: 14-09-04-00238Magdalena 'Maggie' (female)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Adult

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

    My name is Maggie and my mom died of Cancer this year. I have been living with a large family with other pets, but am used to being 'the' girl of the house. I would love to find my fur-ever home as I have only lived in one other house since I was a puppy. I am very sweet, love to play and go for walks and would love to run with you while you bike. I am a great snuggler and love being with my humans.

 Adoption Fee: $50 Animal Location:

Prince William County Manassas, VA MAP IT!

Melody French

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Animal ID: 1468Dante (male)

Rat Terrier    Age: Adult

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

    Handsome Dante, an 11-lb. short-legged Rattie, is 8 years old, but don't let his age fool you. This fellow is full of spunk and energy, and he is extremely fast and loves to chase things, including chickens, squirrels, rabbits, birds, and cats. In fact, he would probably make a good barn ratter or an excellent candidate for agility or lure coursing. His strong prey drive also means that he should live in a home with a good fence and no cats. While Dante does get along with other dogs, he should probably not be with dogs much larger than he, since his energy and attitude might not be well tolerated by the big guys. He has met a couple of ... (Read More)children but wasn't sure what to make of them. Although he did not react badly, he was not friendly toward them either, so his adoptive home should probably not have any young children. Dante is house trained, but since he was only recently neutered, he had to be taught not to mark in his foster home--something he learned quickly--but he will need to be monitored in his new home. This affectionate fellow enjoys the company of people and loves to snuggle in bed or on the couch in the evening. You can catch more pictures of dashing and devoted Dante at .=======================================================================================If you are interested in adopting Dante, 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: 1453Henley (male)

Rat Terrier    Age: Young Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Dogs, Good with Most Cats 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Henley had a rough start to his young life. Removed from a hoarding situation, this 1.5- to 2-year-old was very, very fearful when he first came into rescue. It took him a few weeks to relax and realize that people and other dogs were good, after all. Now that he knows he is safe, he loves to sit on his person's lap and to be petted--all 9 lbs. of him! He also loves toys, snuggling under the covers at night, and wrestling and playing chase with the small, young dogs in his foster home. He is working on leash training but is still a bit fearful of the leash. He does great using a potty pad and is getting better about doing his business ... (Read More)outdoors if he's kept on a schedule and his people are outside with him. Henley has not been around kids, and because he is still overcoming his fearful past, he would probably do best without the unpredictability of young children around. As for cats, although he first wanted to chase them, he pretty much leaves them alone now after a quick reminder that 'cats are our friends.' The patient family who adopts Henley and continues to work on his socialization skills will get in return a great little dog with lots of love to give. Check out more of handsome Henley's pictures at . ========================================================================================If you are interested in adopting Henley, 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
Lynchburg, VA 24503 MAP IT!


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Rescue Me ID: 14-07-21-00410Skip (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Young Adult

    May 8, 2013. Skip was on the kill list for that date. Instead he came east. Now he's a Houlagan. This boy hasn't barked inside, chewed or displayed anything than a playful, impish look. He has a nice energy. Look for Skip at upcoming adoption stands.

     Animal Location:

Houlagan's Rest
Henrico County Midlothian, VA 23112 MAP IT!

Debbie Jennings (804) 337-1658 (cell)

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Rescue Me ID: 14-05-22-00280Jack (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Senior

Compatibility: Not Good w/ Other Dogs, Not Good w/ Cats, Good w/ Kids and Adults 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Jack is very sweet and loving. He would make a great lap dog for companionship for and elderly person. We are moving and cannot take him with us.

     Animal Location:

Virginia Beach (City) Virginia Beach, VA MAP IT!

Vickie Oyer

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Rescue Me ID: 14-04-11-00253Beanie (male)

Rat Terrier Mix    Age: Young Adult

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

    Beanie is an adorable and feisty little guy who is about 2 years old. His smile is so sweet and winning. This cutie has more energy than a Mexican jumping bean and loves to play. Beanie gets along with other dogs. We are not sure how much obedience training he has had. But he is young and smart, so he should learn his lessons quickly. Since he is a very adept escape artist, Beanie must go to a home where he is not left unsupervised in a fenced yard or tied/chained up. His ideal home will be with someone who will provide him with daily vigorous exercise and/or playtime. Won't you make his dream of becoming the best friend of someone ... (Read More)special come true? Beanie will repay you with cuddles, kisses, and lots of love! Please apply to adopt Beanie today. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $275 Animal Location:

Dogs Deserve Better VA, MD, and DC
Arlington County Arlington, VA 22204 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.

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Virginia Animal Rescue
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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 22206
Animal Welfare League of Arlington 703-931-9241

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richmond County - Richmond, Virginia 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 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 24091
Floyd County Humane Society 540-745-7207

Henry County - Martinsville 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, Virginia 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, VA 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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