￼￼￼RATTERS is a new show that follows an eclectic group of New Yorkers and their dogs as they hunt the dark and hidden alleys of New York City for its most notorious residents - the 40 million rats living among us.
Uptown or downtown, the coveted apartments of Central Park West or the cobblestone alleys of the Lower East Side; no matter where you are in New York City you’re never more than 30’ away from a rat.
The common street rat is the most successful animal on the planet but for man. And a huge part of that success lies in their ability to tag along with us wherever we settle. They know our garbage is tasty, and with jaws that can gnaw through concrete and skeletons that can collapse to fit into tiny holes, a mischief of rats can easily destroy a building to get to that free meal.
In gratitude for providing them with a never-ending supply of nourishment, rats have paid us back with bubonic plague and The Black Death, which killed an estimated 150 million people across the world.
￼But now the party’s over. Enter the Ryder's Alley Trencher-fed Society (R.A.T.S.) – a group of New York vigilantes (well, nice vigilantes) brought together by the challenge to free their neighborhoods from this four-legged pestilence by using the first weapon developed to combat rats – the terrier.
RATTERS will follow a group of characters and their terriers—as well as a never-ending cascade of NY night-time eccentrics—as they take matters into their own hands (and paws) by hunting down, scouring out and doing their best to eradicate the rats of New York City.
R.A.T.S. came into being at the request of a state park superintendent when guests at the park were besieged by scores of hungry rats eager to wreak havoc on their picnic. He felt that dogs might succeed where traps and poison had failed. The experiment was a resounding success and while The City officially turns a blind eye, they can’t help but appreciate the service the group provides.
But no one loves the RATTERS more than the residents of New York. Mothers in the East Village come out to applaud when the group clears a park so kids can play again; the homeless of Theatre Alley lend a hand by pointing out the best spots; and New York’s Finest will step in, not to issue tickets, but to coordinate the rescue of a dog gone too far down a dangerous hole after a rat.
RATTERS: making New York City a better place to live ... one rat at a time.