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Scooter the Rat

Rattus norvegicus


This is a personal story of mine that I would like to share with you today. Not only do I capture animals on photo, but I also rescue, re-home, and rehabilitate them to either release back into the wild, if they are a wild animal, or to re-home if domesticated. This little guy was my boy named Scooter. I rescued him when I was 16. I am going to post the story that Animal Advocates of Arizona picked up and published for me. This is 100% a true story, and is my story, and most importantly, Scooter's story. I will share the link of the site who picked his story up. Please feel free to visit her website and like her page. Here you go Scooter boy, R.I.P. 16-Year Old Offers a Lesson in Empathy for Every Sentient Life in Need... ♡ This is Scooter, the rat. He was affected by a brain tumor that caused front leg paralysis. He was adopted and rescued from a pet store (the store is now out of business) that was just going to throw him away by using him as food. His savior, 16-year old Amanda Cech of Saginaw, MI not only took him in, but she made him this chair for easier mobility... and decided the best name for this little guy would be Scooter. Scooter was able to live his life with mobility, not only from the chair, but from mobility gained by the design of his chair. His legs were pulled through the arm holes to rest on his armrest every day, and this acted as a form of physical therapy and allowed him to gain physical mobility in his front left leg for a short period of time before he passed away. Amanda tried to get his story in the local Saginaw News of Saginaw, MI, to share this amazing tale of hope, love, and respect for animals of every size, but the news story was shot down because, “no one wants to read about a rat in a wheelchair”. ---Well, we most certainly care, Amanda, and applaud you for your forward-thinking compassionate actions to make this rat’s life matter. Scooter most certainly knew he was deeply loved. Much gratitude to all the Amanda’s of this world who extend their creative kindness to the misunderstood and under-served, and in doing so, teach us all what it means to truly care and empathize. This is one of our favorite posts EVER. Sharing the love that this rattie received from his human. We this! ~AAAZ


He stayed home with me until he passed, he only lived to be about 3 months old, his brain tumor finally took over his little body and he just couldn't push through anylonger.

Notes: Thank you Veronica with Animal Advocates of Arizona for picking up his story and publishing it for Scooter and my self. I am so happy that because of you, thousands have been able to read his story. Forever grateful- Amanda Cech

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1 Comment

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Talk about ingenuity! Nice story thanks for sharing and caring.

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City of Saginaw, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Oct 11, 2004
Submitted on Sep 18, 2013

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