Ratbone Rescues

Susan Cadell with beloved pack.  All photos courtesy of Susan Cadell.

Susan Cadell with beloved pack.  All photos courtesy of Susan Cadell.

Special Terriers find shelter

Ratbone Rescues began in 1999 when founder Caroline Wood saw a need for an organization dedicated to the Rat Terrier breed after being challenged to rescue one old sweetpea in a remote location.  Now, many years later, Ratbone is national, placing more than 300 dogs a year in qualified homes.  Ratbone frequently accepts dogs rejected by other organizations — those who are older, sick, pregnant, and heartworm-positive.  As a result, many Ratbone foster homes have found older “forever fosters,” and precious hard-to-place special needs dogs.  Many spend the rest of their lives with their foster families.

Susan Cadell, Vice President of Ratbone Rescues, says she’s been blessed to have many “special” dogs live with her, as well as adoptable fosters.  Occasionally, she says, they do find families for those with special needs.  Little deformed Chipper, for example, who was raised in a too-small crate, has a wonderful home in Portland.  Maizie, who’d been thrown from a moving car in Idaho and was rescued and transported to Cadell in Oregon, now lives happily at the Coast.  The list goes on.  For more tales of happily-ever-after, visit RatboneRescues.com where you’ll also find wonderful adoptables.

Birdy was rescued after years of abuse and spent the next 8 years in the arms of love.

Birdy was rescued after years of abuse and spent the next 8 years in the arms of love.

While Ratbone is national, its volunteers cover large territories.  Cadell manages Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho.  Ratbone’s ability to rescue and rehabilitate Rat Terriers is directly related to the number of its foster families.  Currently, foster homes are stretched to capacity, and Ratbone is struggling to serve all the Rat Terriers who need care.  These sensitive little dogs do not fare well in shelters so often don’t reach the adoption floor, which can make foster care and rescue their only chance.  Cadell, who works to educate and support local shelters handling Rat Terriers, says she is grateful to the many shelters she regularly works with that have turned over wonderful dogs, assisted with transport, and held dogs until volunteers could get to them.

Visit RatboneRescues.com to see the wonderful dogs, handcrafted stained glass lamp raffle, and more information.  You might find your next best friend!

Ratbone Rescue
PO Box 3237
Seminole, FL 33775
Oregon Chapter:
webeditor@ratbonerescues.com