French illustrator, photographer, and graphic designer Diane Özdamar has captured these adorable rat portraits to improve their bad reputation. This project is titled; Fancy Rats – A Collection of Domestic Rats Portraits and no rats were harmed during the photo shoots.
As far as I can remember I have always loved rats and any rodent people would call “pest”. When I first got pet rats, I was thrilled to discover they were so clean, smart and affectionate, very far from the nasty dirty rat myth most people believe in.
Thus, I decided to rescue and foster abandoned and abused rats until I could find them a forever home. This led me to take pictures of them: finding a home to a rat is not an easy task since they suffer from a very bad reputation and I had to make their cute personalities stand out so people would consider adopting them.
Some of the rats you can see here were mine, others were rats I fostered, and some belonged to my friends. Most of these pictures (plus many more not shown here) have been exhibited for the last 5 years at the “Animal Expo” show in Paris, where people can meet a team of animal rights activists and volunteers to get information about rodents and exotic pets maintenance.
Via: Diane Özdamar