SAN JOSE (CBS)  — About 1,000 rats are waiting at a San Jose shelter in hopes of finding a new home.

The Humane Society drove the critters up in an 18-wheel truck over the weekend from Los Angeles, where they were rescued from a home featured on the A&E reality TV show “Hoarders.” 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 his house.

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

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