SAN JOSE (KCBS) – If you smell a rat in San Jose, you’re not alone. A local pet store has opened its doors to more than a thousand rescued rodents that an animal shelter hopes to make available for adoption just in time for the holidays.

The rats came from a home featured on the A&E reality television series “Hoarders” courtesy of several non-profits who arranged for them to be driven up in a climate controlled 18-wheeler over the weekend.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

“One of his children brought home the classroom pet, and she was pregnant, and the sexes were not separated,” said Janell Matthias of United Animal Nations.

A year and a half later, the rats—all of a type meant to be pets—had become an uncontrollable nuisance. Even the experts have had trouble managing the colony.

A makeshift maternity ward at the Notre Dame Avenue store has seen another 25 new babies since Saturday.

The rats must be quarantined for three weeks before anyone can take home a member of the Hollywood rat pack. Matthias expects nearly all of them will be considered safe for adoption.

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Comments (7)
  1. alli says:

    can you change the stock photo to one of rescued domesticated pet rats? They’re trying to find homes for them, not freak people out

    1. Kat says:

      Good for you, Alli.

  2. s says:

    i want to adopt some of them! i love rats… they are really smart. it’s too bad more people don’t understand that. i’m with you alli. they need to change that picture!

  3. Emma says:

    Rats make fabulous pets! I’d love to adopt a couple if I lived closer!