Dawn Burke and Don Burke

Burke_PongoandDonThere was a time when Dawn Burke considered rats to be filthy animals. That was until a neighbor introduced her to them as pets. Eventually she brought a rat home from a pet shop and from there her collection of pet rats began to grow.

At StoryCorps, Dawn and her husband, Don, discuss their love of a rodent many others vilify, and the sanctuary they have opened to care for mistreated, sick, or unwanted rats.

Originally aired October 4, 2013, on NPR’s Morning Edition.