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Happy Valentine's Day? You Can Feed A Rat Named After Your Ex To An Owl -- For A Good Cause

Carolina Raptor Center

If you’re not feeling Valentine’s Day this year, there are a few ways around Charlotte you can show it — and for a good cause.  

One of the more cruel — or perhaps satisfying — ways is the Carolina Raptor Center’s “Rats for Rats.” The Raptor Center, based in Huntersville is an educational facility that also rehabilitates birds of prey like hawks and owls.  

Its “Rats for Rats” event lets you name a dead rat after an ex — and then feed it to one of the birds. 

“So, for a $14 donation, we will name a rat any name you choose — Caleb, Jake, Donald,” said Kris Cole, the Raptor Center’s marketing director. “They haven’t all been men, but it does seem like woman are a little saltier than men, so we have gotten mostly men names.”

For $214, you can actually be there in person to feed the rat to a raptor. So far, there have been a couple dozen takers, and the center has raised about $1,200. 

Some other options for you include the Greater Charlotte Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals’ “Shred Ex – Tear ‘Em a New One” event. For a donation of $10, one of the nonprofit group’s foster dogs will rip to shreds a teddy bear with your ex’s name on it.   

And if ripping things up isn’t your thing, Wooden Robot Brewery on Friday is hosting a class on how to create your own anti-Valentine’s Day voodoo doll. Proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.

Marshall came to WFAE after graduating from Appalachian State University, where he worked at the campus radio station and earned a degree in communication. Outside of radio, he loves listening to music and going to see bands - preferably in small, dingy clubs.
Lisa Worf traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE. She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio. Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.