Meet Jack the cat, Sasha the dog, and Tweaks the rat! They are three very different animals that have a close connection just like siblings.
When all three of them were left at an animal shelter because their human could no longer care for them, it became obvious that they couldn’t be apart from each other.
“They had to downsize their home, and they weren’t able to take the three animals with them, so they brought them here,” explained Cheryl Rosenthal, communications and education coordinator at OAHS. “A lot of people would say, ‘Why would you do that?’ But not every place will accept pets, let alone three of them.”
When it was time for their medical examinations, Jack was first in line. But his behavior quickly changed when they took him to the examination room.
“He became very frightened and was growling and not very cooperative at all,” Cheryl said. “So one of the staff said, ‘Why don’t we try to bring the dog in?’ And it was just amazing. As soon as the dog came in, he was like a totally different cat. He just became more relaxed knowing that his buddy was there.”
This behavior proved how close they all were, so the staff decided to Jack and Sasha in an enclosure together.
“We thought, well maybe we should bring the rat in, so we did. We put the rat down, and right away the rat was running all over the dog, and going up and licking his face, and the dog was licking the rat. So it was like, OK — I guess they really are friends.”
“The cat was sleeping, and Tweaks crawled up by the cat, and then went under his front paws and just laid there, like they were best friends,” Cheryl said. “It was pretty amazing.”
Before long, the shelter staff came up with a great name for the trio — The Rat Pack! They saw how much the three interacted with each other and enjoyed watching them play and cuddle, even sharing their food.
The shelter staff wanted the animals to be re-homed together, and three weeks later, Kathy Berens and her daughter walked into the shelter.
“They had adopted a cat from us, and they were thinking about getting another cat, but they also wanted a dog,” explained Cheryl. “So Kathy kind of overheard some of our staff talking about Tweaks and Sasha and Jack, and she’s like, ‘This sounds like a ready-made family. This might be ideal for us.'”
Soon The Rat Pack will be going to their new home with Kathy, who at first was a bit hesitant about having a rat as a pet, but after she met Tweaks and saw how fabulous he was with his Buddies, she knew she had to take him too.
The shelter staff were very happy that The Rat Pack found their forever home, but they’re also going to miss having them around. “For all of our staff, it’s kind of bittersweet,” Rosenthal said. “We’ve all gotten very attached to the threesome, but we’re just very excited that they’re going home.”
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