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Rat Terrier Dog for adoption in Virginia Beach, Virginia - Skipper (VA)
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New Rattitude - Virginia

Facts about Skipper (VA)

  • Breed: Rat Terrier
  • Color: White - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10406961-1780

When Skipper first arrived at her foster home from a North Carolina shelter, it was immediately clear that this 5-year-old was one sweet little lady. She graciously bore the greetings of her seven new canine siblings of all sizes and patiently stood while her foster mom bathed and brushed her. Later at the vet, it also became clear that Skipper (named for the little skipping step she takes every few paces) had a number of physical issues, including bad teeth, a hernia, and most notably a heart murmur (please see She bravely handled her spay, dental, and hernia procedures, and the medication for the murmur immediately improved her alertness and energy. Now with the meds doing their job and her stitches all healed, Skipper is proud to announce that she's ready for her forever home! Skipper's ideal family will understand her special needs. She must take daily medication, and her family must be vigilant to any symptoms of changes in her murmur. Her diet must remain light--no snacks or treats--to maintain her weight at around 11 lbs., and her activity needs to be light but regular. Skipper is the love of anyone who picks her up and holds her. Preferring to be near her person, she'll walk pleasantly by your side inside and outside. She's wonderful with gentle children, loves to burrow in a 'cave' bed, sleeps by her foster mom's bed or on her lap, and eats politely with the other dogs. She has come along beautifully with her house training with regular outings, including when she gets up in the morning and after each meal. A dear, loving girl, Skipper can't wait to be your special cuddle companion.

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 - Virginia

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 ($150 for adult dogs; $200 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.