So I found this place on Craigslist that was selling a rat cage for $20. I was interested in the cage, but the lady also asked me if I would be interested in adopting rats as well. I said I was and she went on to describe the ones she has: seven baby female dumbo rats. Perfect, I'm thinking. Well, then she hits me with this HUGE adoption application that asks all these personal questions, asks for references, my vet's phone number, the names and ages of family members, my address, and even asks me to put down every animal I have had over the years, even ones that have died and to explain what happened to those and whether or not I took them to the vet. I understand that these sorts of questions are great for people looking for cats and dogs, but I am only wanting to adopt rats! Not to mention her adoption fee is $10 per rat and I can find rats people are giving away! They are $4 in the pet store and the breeder near me sells them for about $5. I also can't understand how in the world I would explain EVERY animal I have ever owned! It has to be hundreds! Also, the house visit would be difficult because I live on my college campus, but I also go home some weekends and during breaks. While the college itself does not allow pets, most RAs do allow them. I have talked to my RA and she is fine with me having a small, quiet, and clean pet. I also live in a single, so no room mates to worry about either. However, I just don't really want some person coming to my room or to my house and snooping around. This is so frustrating, because I really would love to take in a rescued rat, even if it is older! I just hate how difficult these adoption places can be! I know it's probably necessary and I keep forgetting that although I know I'm a good pet owner, these other people do not. Grrr, we had the same problem when we were looking to adopt a horse and ended up buying one from auction instead. I just feel like it's too much work for a pet rat (or two)!