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Josie Lepe  /  San Jose Mercury News
The rats are separated by gender at Andy's Pet Shop in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday.
updated 11/22/2010 8:48:52 PM ET 2010-11-23T01:48:52

About a thousand rats are awaiting adoption after being rescued from a house featured on the A&E reality TV show "Hoarders."

The Humane Society trucked the rodents over the weekend from Los Angeles to San Jose, where more than 30 volunteers and nonprofit staff helped move the rats into Andy's Pet Shop, which agreed to temporarily house them.

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Lauren Paul of the nonprofit North Star Rescue told the San Jose Mercury News that the previous owner's daughter had brought home a pregnant rat one day and the litter began multiplying quickly.

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The man's neighbors called "Hoarders" producers after the rats began tearing apart the house.

Paul says she hopes rat lovers will come forward and give them a new home.

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