TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. –– Over 300 small rodents, including rats, mice, guinea pigs and gerbils, were found abandoned on the side of the road on Sunday.

The animals were found on Michigan Hollow Rd. in the Town of Darby and Caswell Rd. in the Town of Dryden. Tompkins County SPCA believes that the incidents are related, and are currently following up on leads.

A total of 275 animals were saved according to Tompkins County SPCA Executive Director Jim Bouderau. He said the majority of the animals that were found and able to be rescued were rats –– about 150 of them.

“We are currently working with rescue partners to find placement,” he said. “That could happen as early as tomorrow.”

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey and the Erie County SPCA have both stepped up to take some of the animals.

Bouderau said the guinea pigs and gerbils are taken care of, both in terms of supplies and new homes, but the rats and mice are still in need.

He is asking people to donate rat and mice food and to apply to give the animals safe homes. To adopt, fill out an application and email it to

There is a special fund set up for the animals, to donate visit

Featured image courtesy of Tompkins County SPCA Facebook

Anna Lamb

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