This section shall be updated on whether we have room or not.
Squirrels are often cared for by wild life rehabbers and also require special formula if an infant.
NOT Taking in:
As a quick note, we only take in WILDLIFE, domestic rats and mice are only taken in if it is a life or death situation due to our extreme lack of resources.
And yes, we do have domestic rats for adoption, we always have rats for adoption.
Did you know that most wildlife rehabs kill rat and mouse infants?
If you believe that taking your helpless orphan to the wildlife rehab is doing the right thing, you should know they very well may intend to kill them.
It's impossible to ever know what really happens to them, unless you have someone on the inside to tell you what is happening, or perhaps if they are willing to let you visit the animal once it's almost time for release.
The founder of MARR volunteers her time at the local Wildlife Hospital to accrue hours and get her certification in wildlife rehabilitation.
It's come to our attention, rodents, that are not squirrels, mysteriously never present themselves in this hospital, so we are making a special announcement.
MARR will be taking cases of orphaned animals in.
We will focus on rodent orphans, but if a certain keyword got you here, we will probably take those in as well, ask.
Because squirrels are so well taken care of in rehab centers, they will be on our low priority scale.
If we already have many animals to care for, we will not accept squirrels, to askew confusion we will announce whether we are full on them.
To our best knowledge, here is a list of animals killed if taken to a wildlife center:
People often bring in pinkies (newborn babies, pink and helpless) thinking its one animal when it's really another. This is understandable, in the beginning, they do all sort of look alike.
However, for many rehabs, once they figure out it's a rat, they destroy it.
Check our chart.
Rattus Norvegicus, aka brown rat, ship rat, sewer rat, Norway rat. The domesticated rat came from this species.
Notice it looks like a pink blob, blobs where the eyes should be, blobs where the ears should be.
No nails, just blobs.
They have hit all their mile stones, fully functional eyes and ears. and can be weaned.
Unless injured, at this age they are ready to make it on their own in the wild.
Rattus Rattus, aka black rat, ship rat.
The ship rat is like a large mouse. It has huge black eyes and large round ears. They are much smaller then a Norway Rat .
About 4 days old
Ears are forming, but still closed. Eyes shut, and fuzz coming in.
Mice: Mice are exceptionally tiny, infact the pet mouse is the worlds smallest domesticated animal.
A mouse is about the size of a rat's head.
About 1 week old
Almost reached all of it's milestones of development. Only it's ears and eyes left to be unsealed.
Opossum: 'Possum's are much more difficult to raise. They must be tube fed. 'Possums are much bigger then mice and rats when they are at the same developmental stage.
Age of these opossums, unknown.
The ears are larger then a mouse or rat's. They have a defined thumb, and round stubby fingers.
Their fur is much longer, and normally gray.
Squrriels: Squirrels are a bit larger then mice and rats.
The tails are much more curl-able then a rat or mouse's. Their hands are much better defined, their arms are more powerful looking, and their nails are black. Their heads are broader and their ears smaller. They typically spend most of their time in a curled up/tucked position.
Young squirrels are very vocal while a rat is typically silent. Baby squirrels also have a strong jaw.(Fair warning!)