My name is Perrito (GA)!

Rat Terrier Dog for adoption in Atlanta, Georgia - Perrito (GA)
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New Rattitude - Georgia

Facts about Perrito (GA)

  • Breed: Rat Terrier
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 8349457-1540

Everyone calls me 'tiny' and 'cute,' and that's fine because I am certainly cute. But don't be fooled by my short stature and weight of just 8.5 lbs. Big personalities come in small packages. Firecrackers are tiny, you know what I'm saying? I'm Perrito, a Teddy Roosevelt, or Type B, Rat Terrier. At a spry 9 years old, I am one tough boy. I like to play a rousing game of ball, take a running slide into the carpet shoulder first for a good roll. If I get knocked down, I get right back up, shake it off, and move forward. I'm usually following my person closely in case something exciting happens. Neighborhood walks are the best, and I take them terrier style--forward, double time, and with good leash manners! I'm a dutiful recycler and pick up plastic bottles along the way. (See me in action here: .) Positive reinforcement training is my favorite because it means food! Praise! Back rubs! I also like to get a laugh by wagging my short, crooked tail. Yes, I use my adorableness to my advantage. I like all kinds of adult people, but I need to know you before I let you touch me. My sensitivity to touch and unpredictable movement is why I'm not a good match for preteen kids. Getting along with dogs is something I've learned, but sometimes I forget when food is involved. Sometimes I can get into a single-minded behavior groove and need help to get out, so I'm on an inexpensive medication that helps me think better, and I've had training to give me other things to do besides get stuck in compulsions. I also take some supplements with my special food to keep my chronic pancreatitis in check, and I'm doing great on them. I'm house trained if I'm reminded to go outside, and I'm paper trained. I sleep in a crate at night and can be left in a safe area when I'm alone in the house. It's possible for me to be adopted far away from my foster home, but if you're within easy driving distance of Athens, Georgia, you can meet my adorable furry self and also get all kinds of help with my transition. It's really important to me that my next home is finally a true forever home with people to call my very own. Yep, even a tough fella like me has a heart hankering for love.

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 - Georgia

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.