Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue100% of your donation goes towards the rescue & medical care of needy dogs.
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"Canine Clinic" - Our Sick and Injured Dogs


Some of the dogs we rescue have severe illnesses or other serious medical issues that are much more costly than the money brought in by adoption fees. To help nurse these dogs through their medical needs so that they can eventually become healthy and adoptable, we must find sponsors to help with the costs. Please read their stories and consider becoming an angel that these Rat Terriers so desperately need. Canine Clinic Donors are listed on our Donor Recognition Board with donations of $50 or greater denoted by our clinic icon Canine Clinic Pal. Also, please pay a visit to our heartworm hero Heartworm Info web page heartworm hero to learn about Ratties needing Heartworm Treatment.

NOTE: In the event that donation amounts are raised in excess of the required vetting for any particular clinic dog, the overage will be used to assist other current or future New Rattitude clinic dogs. All clinic funds stay within the clinic specifically for dogs with special financial health needs.

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Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. RatTerrier Rescue Yates – Enucleation and Dental Disease
Why did sweet little 10-year-old Yates end up in a North Carolina animal shelter? We'll never know, but perhaps because of his vision issues. Yates is completely blind and both eyes have chronic issues. Both have likely experienced cataracts, lens-induced uveitis (inflammation), and secondary glaucoma. Removal of both eyes (called an enucleation) was recommended to eliminate pain/discomfort, the chance of infection, and possible future injury (from running into things he cannot see). In addition, Yates has grade 3 periodontal disease and will need a dental cleaning and possible extractions. Your kind donations towards his surgery and treatment costs, will help Yates "see" a healthier and happier future!

Last updated 12/09/18

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If you prefer, you can also mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901

Please be sure to write "Sponsor Yates" in the note field of your check. THANK YOU!



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Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. RatTerrier Rescue Layla – Luxating Patella
One–year–old Layla was rescued from a Georgia shelter, suffering from pneumonia and in pain from a dislocated knee. This condition is known as a "luxating patella," and Layla's is grade 4, which is the most severe. Her knee is constantly out of place and permanently stuck, requiring surgery. Now that Layla has recovered from pneumonia, she is ready to have the operation to relieve her pain and allow her to walk normally. New Rattitude is grateful for any money you can spare to help us pay for Layla's $1,600 surgery!

Last updated 11/27/18

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If you prefer, you can also mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901

Please be sure to write "Sponsor Layla" in the note field of your check. THANK YOU!



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Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. RatTerrier Rescue Winston – Heartworm Disease
This friendly pup is Winston. He was overlooked in the shelter for days and New Rattitude rescued him on his "last day." That was a good day for Winston, but now he has another obstacle to overcome. He tested positive for heartworm disease. With the help of your donations, Winston will undergo lifesaving heartworm treatment in November. Let's make sure that Winston lives for many years beyond his "last day." Won't you be his Heartworm Hero?

Last updated 11/07/18

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If you prefer, you can also mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901

Please be sure to write "Sponsor Winston" in the note field of your check. THANK YOU!



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Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. RatTerrier Rescue Jack and Maple – Heartworm Disease
So far in 2018, New Rattitude has paid for heartworm treatment for 8 rescued rat terriers. Jack and Maple will be numbers 9 and 10 – that’s an average of a dog per month. Shelter dogs with heartworm disease are often overlooked because of the cost to treat them, not to mention the burden on their guardians to supervise them closely for the 2-3 month period it takes to rid their bodies of the parasitic worm infection inside their hearts. Without treatment, these dogs would have died a horrific death. New Rattitude rescued them, found loving foster homes to care for, supervise, and help them on their way to recovery. Heartworm treatment costs between $300-$500 per dog, so we are setting our fundraising goal at $800 for Jack and Maple. Are you willing to spare a few dollars to help pay for their expensive heartworm treatment? We would appreciate your support!

Last updated 11/27/18

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If you prefer, you can also mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901

Please be sure to write "Sponsor Heartworm Treatment" in the note field of your check. THANK YOU!



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Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. RatTerrier Rescue Puppy Mill Rescues – Hernias, Decayed Teeth, and Heartworm Disease
New Rattitude rescued 5 elderly Rat Terriers and one 5 year old Rat Terrier from a former breeder in late December. They spent their days in a smelly, poorly-lit, closet of a room in an old garage. The females were bred over and over again. The ratties are now enjoying the comfort of their foster homes and learning how to be real dogs. We are also tending to their medical needs, which are great. So far we know that Beatrice needed hernia surgery as a result of her multiple pregnancies, and both Beatrice and Izzy Grace need dental extractions. Several of these dogs have no teeth, or only a couple decayed teeth left. Just think how great they'll feel after they have clean, healthy mouths, warm blankets to lay on, and room to move about as they please!


We are starting our fundraising goal at $1,000, but it will likely increase as the rest of the dogs are evaluated and we get estimates for their vetting needs. The price tag to get them healthy is big, but we feel they are so worth every penny! If you would like to share in the joy of helping these former puppy mill dogs move on to a better life, please consider a donation towards their care!
1/16/18 Update: Bart (the 5 year old) is heartworm positive. Fundraising goal increased to $1,300.
9/15/18 Update: Beatrice (upper right) has been adopted!
9/30/18 Update: Emily May (bottom right) has been adopted!
10/10/18 Update: Hermione (bottom left) has been adopted!
Last updated 11/17/18


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If you prefer, you can also mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901
Please be sure to write "Sponsor Puppy Mill Rescues" in the note field of your check. THANK YOU!



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