Yikes! ‘Biggest rat’ in Riverside is fancy and affectionate

If you’re terrified of rats and mice, stay away from the Woodcrest Community Center in Riverside Saturday.

Thousands of the critters that people often find disgusting will be the center of beloved attention at the American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association’s fall show.

“You will see rats and mice of many colors competing in many fun pet classes and fancy show classes,” according to the association. “Pet rats will compete for titles like Most Affectionate, Biggest, Most Laid Back and Most Unusual Markings.”

Pet mice may be a bit more cuddly as they vie for cutest, friendliest, most inquisitive and “Best Pet.”

Association officials said spectators can learn about rats and mice and find out “what makes them fancy.”

The association was founded in 1983 “to promote and encourage the breeding and exhibition of fancy rats and mice, to educate the public on their positive qualities as companion animals and to provide information on their proper care.”

The event is free to the public and judging starts at 11 a.m. at the community center at 17156 Krameria Ave. The rats and mice will wrap up everything by about 4 p.m.

–City News Service