Just about every year, I enter into the "Holiday Hiatus" which is where all adoptions are paused and I am typically not pairing up any of my girls. There are several reasons for this:
1.) I don't do holiday adoptions -- any holiday adoptions. Christmas is the biggest one and most of us breeders see an uptake in "Will you have babies for Christmas" emails. Some breeders adopt out for the Holidays and that's fine! I don't. The times I did, I found most of the homes were rehoming those rats, or giving them back to me, within three to four months after Christmas because the children were no longer interested or decided they wanted something else (or other similar issues). Not all, but enough that I decided to simply stop doing holidays.
I have decided to alter this policy a bit: If I do happen to have litters over the holidays, they will be available to previous adopters only. I had planned to have some baby blues available this year (2018), but my lovely River only gave me two babies and I will be keeping both.
2.) Pausing my adoptions gives me a break from the stress of the Rattery and to focus on my Family, traveling, and other interests. I love my Rattery, I love the people I've met and the connections I've made, but this is a stressful hobby to undertake and Rat community is a very toxic, dramatic, petty one. As many wonderful people as I've met, I've met equally distasteful individuals who'd rather start fights or spread mis-information. These breaks are necessary for anyone who's been in the hobby as long as I have.
USUALLY my adoption Hiatus would last until the new year, but this one is going to be extended until further notice.
In these last few months, I have been given the privilege of working with some excellent breeders across the states. I was finally able to get rats from some of them, which includes varieties I'm already working on and some that will be new additions to the rattery. I feel that these rats will help immensely in strengthening my lines across the board and until I can fully integrate these lines into my rattery, and assess the improvement of each line, I won't be doing any more public adoptions.
Lastly, I've decided to wait to do any further adoptions until the rest of my Seoul tests have been completed. I don't believe I have any worries regarding testing positive, but until I have that confirmation I've decided to hold-off, both for myself and for the benefit of those getting my animals. Most of my rats have come from individuals who tested negative, but some came from untested ratteries in NC who still remain untested, which means I cannot know for certain either way.
I will continue to update my facebook and other social media with the progress made, but as for right now I believe a Hiatus is the best move for my mental state, as well as for the Rattery itself. I will still be working within my network of breeders, and previous adopters will be invited to get more rats from me should they wish.