Dan Priester lives with three rats rescued from labs: Ada (“The little one who has no qualms about being picked up if it means she can get taken to a new level to explore, be it a bed or a desk. She’s always curious and never stops moving unless she’s sleeping in the highest hammock in the cage. Named after Ada Lovelace.”), Marie (“She‘s the shy one. She’s slowly coming out of her shell, though, and loves a good hammock nap and claims it as her own, no matter how big. Named after Marie Curie.”), and Rosa (“Who has a few touch boundaries, and I’m doing my best to learn with her. That doesn’t stop her from being the protective one, though. Banana chips are aiding me in earning her trust. Named after Rosalind Franklin.”).
What made you want to start a microsanctuary?
“I wanted to start a microsanctuary because I felt the need to give what I could to those who needed it most, and animals used in labs are certainly no less deserving of love and affection, as well as their five liberties, than cats or dogs.”
What does The Microsanctuary Movement mean to you?
“The Microsanctuary Movement, to me, is a way to tap into the overflowing love and compassion in each individual. To do the most good and create the world we wish for. Sometimes, all we need is a little kindness.”