1,000 rescued rats up for adoption in California

About a thousand rats are awaiting adoption in California after a neighbour called for help when the rats began tearing apart their owner's house.

** FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES ** Sarah McCarthy of Lapeer, Mich., holds her pet rat Raisin, which she has owned for two years at her home on June 15, 2007.  "They are cute and friendly, better than fish who do nothing," said McCarthy. (AP Photo/Charlie Cortez)

SAN JOSE, California // About a thousand rats are awaiting adoption in California after being rescued from a house featured on the A&E reality TV show "Hoarders."

The Humane Society trucked the rodents over the weekend from Los Angeles to San Jose, where more than 30 volunteers and nonprofit staff helped move the rats into Andy's Pet Shop in San Jose, which agreed to temporarily house them.

Lauren Paul of the nonprofit North Star Rescue told the San Jose Mercury News that the previous owner's daughter had brought home a pregnant rat one day and the litter began multiplying quickly.

The man's neighbors called "Hoarders" producers after the rats began tearing apart the house.

Ms Paul says she hopes rat lovers will come forward and give them a new home.

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