You might see my rattery name popping up in some of the rat groups with accusations of harassment, sick animals, etc-- maybe not. You might be part of the group that hates me, or part the group that loves me. Either way, I'd like to take a moment to address the situation a bit more formally than he said - she said on facebook:
This is a response to the OP via an admin. I'm going to break this statement down categorically, since they are choosing to leave it up.
"This breeder has been reported to us before for similar accusations, which is why she was removed long ago from posting in this group,"
Whether or not I HAVE been reported to this group for similar accusations -- I don't know. I have no way to. What I do know is that every single one of my adopters is encouraged and welcomed to express negative feedback to me. I will not leave people with rats they don't want or are unsatisfied with and in every instance where someone has came to me for help, guidance, or to express concerns, they were helped to the best of my ability. I've even purchased medication for adopters for rats they didn't get from me, because they couldn't afford it themselves due to life struggles.
What I also know about this this statement, and this particular group, is that I left of my own volition a long time ago (Dec. 13th, 2017 at around 10:21PM to be exact *yay screenshots*), because they did the same thing to a good breeder friend of mine. Those involved were not shown proof of their claims, and any attempt to get more information (or the proof in question) was met with threats of being banned. I left the group, in support of my friend. I was eventually able to change their mind by providing proof of my own (or at least reasonable doubt) against their claims, but they turned around and pinned it on someone else. At the time, I was happy to have my friend cleared and believed them, but looking back know I'm skeptical that the breeder they blamed was any more guilty than my friend. (FYI These incidences included forged screenshots via fake accounts)
"Tread lightly she is well known in the rat community and will have you flagged with all breeders in the area if you piss her off. "
I don't deny that I will alert other breeders to problem adopters, but not because you piss me off. I don't black-list people for pissing me off -- at foundational levels there are plenty of people I've given rats to, whom I could never be friends with because we irritate each other to no end in real life, BUT that has nothing to do with my rats. If you submit an application.. if you can provide a good home and if you stand by our agreement, take care of my rats, and keep me informed of how they're doing then we are golden! That is all I care about -- Take care of my animals, be honest, and stick to our agreement.
Hell, I've been alerted to people breaking my contract via other breeders and have not acted on the information because I know the animals in question are still being cared for and the adopters are typically decent people. When I do spread word on a bad apple it's usually a quick "FYI, this happened.. do with it what you will." and it's usually reserved for people breaking the contract in a signifcant/detrimental way, harming the animals, or otherwise causing a mess for myself or others. If you think this is something only *I* do you'd be sorely disappointed: A majority of breeders active in their community, communicate like this. This is how we protect ourselves and weed out trouble for breeders we work with.
Ironically enough, the person this comment is directed to (original poster) was already black-listed with most of us by another breeder for breaking contracts. Before that happened, they wanted to remove her from the group for other shady behavior and I was the one who said let her stay, but be vigilant. *sigh
"Please PM me instead of posting anything more on here and I will see what I can do. I will leave your warning up, but I don’t want this to end badly for you. "
I'm not going to stop breeding and I cannot over-state how much I don't care about the opinions of those involved. I don't care about the group and honestly haven't given it, or its admins, a second thought since I left -- the place is toxic. I'm only posting this as a means of defending my rattery. I don't care about the girl attacking me, let her spout off all she'd like -- what I care about, is the adopter I have potentially hurt and whom is the ONLY person I care to talk to.
I have gotten 100's of submissions to my rattery since moving to NC. Of those applications only about 50 or so have been approved. I have dug through emails, conversations, texts, and the works looking for someone who expressed these concerns to me and whom I apparently "Harassed" for doing so, but cannot find them (Maybe due to the sheer volume of conversations I have to sift through). There are apparently screenshots of this conversations, but they are being with-held from me.
IF YOU ARE THE FRIEND OF THIS PERSON referred to in the above picture, please reach out to me. I have posted this to my page as well, but understand no one will be forced to keep rats from me that they are unsatisfied with! If they did have to be treated for worms and/or URIs, then I am happy to assist in the bill that was paid to treat them and apologize deeply for the trouble you may have experienced. I am human and make mistakes, any harm done was not intentional. I am also sorry that I cannot recall who you are, but hope you understand that I receive lots and lots of messages on all manners of platforms consistently, and don't have the memory I use to when I first started this hobby. I would like to rectify the situation.
It was also stated by the OP that I was harassing her and bashing her on my page: Here are her words and the post she is referencing:
The link to my post can be found here if you'd like to read for yourself: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=358083138067151&id=148228619052605
Final note: This post is not to re-hash, accuse, or slander anyone involved. This post is simply a reaction to things that have been brought to my attention. It is up to each person to make up their own minds about a situation or how they are going to respond (or not respond) to it. I don't know any of these people personally, I know only what they've said and done through social media in past experiences with them.
I have no issues or ill-will with the people involved. I have no interest in perpetuating drama. My only concern in the matter put forth by the OP is rectifying the situation with an adopter who may felt harassed/slighted.