Though I’ve had many students who want to babysit my classroom rats Megan and Corrin during breaks, none of their parents would let them bring rats home. I decided I would find a permanent home for them and not have any classroom pets any more. Or maybe just go back to fish. Fish are easy.
I put an ad on Craigslist and got several responses. I declined the offer of the person whose email had the word “reptile” in it. I’m pretty sure they just wanted Megan and Corrin for food. I also declined the email with no capitalization or punctuation that looked like it was written by a 10-year-old girl. I was worried she might not have asked her mom.
The first person I responded positively to checked with her husband and said she couldn’t take them. The second person I responded positively to said they already had rats, but they were a little nippy with their daughter. I told him Megan and Corrin were sweeties, and he was sold.
I met him yesterday evening, and he and his wife were both there, and they had chameleons with them – one adult and one baby. They started talking about all the animals they had, and I knew Megan and Corrin were going to animal lovers. They will not be used as food or baby mills or resold. Some little girl is going to love them. Yay!