Adoptable Pet of the Week: Rufio and Friends

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Like his brother and sister rats, Rufio is intelligent, affectionate and loving as well as loyal. Rats are not only clean pets, but with proper socialization, they are one of the most social and trainable companion animals out there. Rufio is a lovely shade of gray, but you can find rats of all colors – including Maeve, Sorcha, Shae and more – at APS, no appointment necessary. Come meet Rufio and his family today!

For more information on Rufio and his family, contact [email protected]. To view his webpage, visit For more adoptable animals that aren’t cats or dogs, visit

Adoption fees for other animals vary, but the fees include a basic medical exam, spay or neuter surgery, microchip implantation, rabies and other vaccinations, intestinal parasite check, a heartworm test and deworming.

Thanks to our sponsor, new owners of each adopted featured pet will receive a free full day of camp at Camp Bow Wow.

The Animal Protection Society of Durham, located at 2117 E. Club Blvd., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been helping animals in the community since 1970, and has managed the Durham County Animal Shelter since 1990. In addition to county funding, APS relies on donations from individuals and corporations to feed, shelter and provide medical attention for the nearly 7,000 stray, surrendered and abused animals it cares for each year. The shelter is open by appointment only due to COVID-19. For more information, email [email protected].

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Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Arizona, she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for eight years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.

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