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Rat Terrier Dog for adoption in Lansing, Michigan - Zhorbit (MI)
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New Rattitude - Michigan

Facts about Zhorbit (MI)

  • Breed: Rat Terrier
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 3855319-0511

Nine-year-old 15-lb. Zhorbit is a fearful dog because of a neglectful and abusive past. Fear, which is easily instilled in a dog, can be nearly impossible to completely extinguish. But Zhorbit wants you to know that she’s not “broken.” She just needs specific tools and management to exist with a little more ease and a little less fear. In June she began taking a daily medication to reduce anxiety to make her behavior training easier. And Zhorbit has participated in a number of training and behavior modification classes while in foster care, including basic and advanced obedience, agility, nose work, Tellington Touch, and classes for reactive dogs. She follows commands and knows several tricks. She is house trained and will bark when she needs to be let out. She can be left alone in the house for several hours at a time with no problem. Once she trusts you, she'll even relax enough to let you pet her (a little). She likes going for walks, so she's a great exercise partner. She will sit on your lap--when she wants to, under her own terms--but you can't pick her up. She'll love sleeping in bed with you and even snuggling, but don't move much or she'll likely growl. She can't tolerate being bathed or having her nails trimmed, and she even has to be sedated to go to the vet for the most minor of procedures. Not many people are savvy enough to handle Zhorbit and the remnants of her unfortunate past. If you are a truly dog-smart person who is able to see the diamond in the rough and who can appreciate a loyal and entertaining little dog with some significant touch aversions, then maybe you’re the one to help Zhorbit find it a little easier to “just be.” She also requires a household with no children, cats, or dogs (or maybe just one other small, submissive dog). Yes, Zhorbit can be a challenge, but she has a lot to offer and we believe in her continued ability to progress. Potential adopters must live within driving distance of Lansing, Michigan, so that they can have a preadoption meet-and-greet with Zhorbit and her foster parents. For more pictures of Zhorbit, visit her online photo album at .


Our adoption fee is $175 for adult dogs or $225 for puppies under 6 months old.

If you are interested in adopting this dog, PLEASE READ THE DETAILED ADOPTION PROCESS information on our website at From there, you can access our adoption application or contact our Adoption Team for more info.

About New Rattitude - Michigan

About Our Rescue Group...

New Rattitude is an all-volunteer rescue group for Rat Terriers and Rat Terrier mixes. We are a licensed, registered 501(c)3 non-profit charity that provides temporary living environments for abandoned, abused, neglected, sick, or unwanted Rat Terriers. In private foster homes, they are nurtured, socialized, trained, supported medically, and provided with professional veterinary care while we work diligently to find them new and permanent adoptive homes where they will be safe, loved, and properly and humanely cared for the rest of their lives.

There are always more Rat Terriers needing to be rescued than we have space to accommodate, so new foster homes are always needed. If you have time and love to spare, consider becoming a New Rattitude foster home. Our foster homes find the experience extremely rewarding. Fostering allows you to have a direct impact on the lives of many dogs who would otherwise have no hope. For more information about becoming a foster parent, please email

Cash donations go directly to pay for veterinary expenses for our rescued dogs (including vaccinations, heartworm testing and treatment, spay/neuters, antibiotics to fight infections, etc.). Since we are an all-volunteer organization with virtually no overhead, 100% of your donation goes directly to care for the dogs and we are a federal 501(c)3 charity, so your donations are fully tax-deductible! To donate, send check or money order to: New Rattitude, PO Box 14064, Lansing, MI 48901. Or donate via Paypal by clicking on the button below.

Come Meet Our Pets...

New Rattitude operates through a network of volunteers, and the dogs are housed in private foster homes rather than in a shelter. Because of that, we do not own a location where the public can come to visit dogs. The fastest way to get acquainted with any of our dogs is to submit an adoption application. After your application is received, you'll be put in touch with the dog's foster parent, who is the one to answer specific questions you may have about the dog. You may also contact our Adoption Team to verify the dog doesn't already have multiple other applications or with questions about our process.

Our Adoption Process...

We go through a very careful adoption process because our mission is to place dogs in loving homes that will last the rest of their lives. We evaluate each home's overall suitability and safety, and we also consider whether a particular dog is right for you and whether you are right for that dog—because we know that a great lasting relationship depends on the right match. This process will usually take several days. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

To learn more about our adoption process, please visit our website by clicking here!

The fastest way to indicate your interest in a particular dog and to find out more about him/her is to SUBMIT AN ADOPTION APPLICATION.

After you submit an application, we will confirm receipt and notify the fosterparent of the dog you are interested in. The fosterparent will contact you with more details about the dog to help you get to know him or her better. Please ask questions so that you can be sure that this dog meets your hopes and expectations.

In the meantime, our Adoption volunteers will be reviewing your application, checking your references, and arranging for a home visit to verify that your physical environment is safe and suitable. You will also receive a phone call from an Adoption Coordinator for an interview to help us better understand your household situation and your reasons and expectations for adoption.

Assuming all goes well and that you are approved for adoption, we will send you an adoption contract to read, sign, and return to us with your adoption fee ($175 for adult dogs; $225 for puppies under 6 months). Once we receive your contract and fee, your new dog can come HOME to you!

If the distance from your home to the dog's fosterhome and is less than 100 miles, we would normally expect you to go pick up the dog. If the distance is 100-600 miles, we would usually arrange a ground transport, using a network of volunteer drivers, to get the dog to you (and expect you to drive at least the last leg of the transport). If the distance is greater than 600 miles, the dog must usually be flown by air, and the costs of the flight (usually aroung $250) are the responsibility of the adopter.

If you have questions about adoption that aren't answered on our website, you may CONTACT OUR ADOPTION TEAM at The Adoption Team will know the status of any pending applications and can help you submit an adoption application.