In many, if not most adoption centers the people there are off-the-hook
about animal love and probably would not let you inflict harm on that mouse,
emotionally and physiically!! No joke. Friends of ours live on a farm and
went to the animal shelter to replace their deceased dog. When signing the
papers they were intensely questioned about where the dog would live, eat
and sleep. When it was revealed that the dog ate and slept in a 10' x 12'
enclosure but during the day would have run of over 100 acres they were
turned down as adoptive parents. They required that the dog live completely
with the family. Running the farm during the day was too dangerous. My
eyes want to bleed!
A shelter that never heard of 'working dogs'? I guess if a dog was
raised as an indoor housepet, it might not be able to make the
transition. But if they have 100 acres, odds are somebody around there
has a source for non-pampered dogs that don't mind having a Really Big
Yard to patrol in exchange for their food. I'm no dog expert, but I
would imagine that unless you adopt a puppy, there would be a learning
curve where you have to walk the dog around the perimeter on a leash for
a few weeks, so it learns where the borders are. And you probably
wouldn't want a dog from close by, because if it got bored or confused,
it would just go 'home'.
Rats are intelligent. They're very prolific. They can, and will enter
through holes so small that you'll be amazed. You may have caught a
few, but the others are now staying clear of your traps. I've shot
them, I've set traps for them, I've poisoned them and all I did was to
inconvenience them. Be cautious with poisons. The real joy is when they
die in a wall. The odor is exquisite and persists for a year or two.
Finding it in a wall is not easy. If you are unlucky and poison
something larger in a wall, like a possum, you may as well move out.
Someone is feeding your new friends. I finally found the source of my
problem which was a neighbor, several houses away, that fed her dogs
outside and left food outdoors for them.
There was an excellent piece on these charming rodents that covered the
entire front page of the Dallas Morning News House & Garden section on
Sunday, 11/20/1998 titled "Oh, Rats." Seems Dallas has been taken over
by rats. It has. They are an epidemic there. Maybe you're seeing them
as they migrate south to Austin.
Move north, at -20F I no longer have rats.
I have seen the same. I also had mice storing dog food around the
burner of my gas clothes dryer - fire department helped me figure that
one out :o). Bird feeders are a great source for all kinds of rodents -
my son's neighbor has about six bird feeders in their front yard and a
herd of rabbits shows up early every morning for breakfast.
Sure you do. They just spend more time indoors :o)
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