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Rat Rescues

Mainely Rat Rescue

Mainely Rat Rescue (MRR) is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2007 by four women who saw a need to save unwanted and often misunderstood, domestic pet rats. Having worked and or volunteered for animal shelters and other rescues, they had been using their available resources individually and were re-homing abandoned pocket pets. They decided to rally together, combining resources and sharing contacts, and are now the proud founders of Mainely Rat Rescue.
Mainely Rat Rescue’s mission is to rehabilitate and find homes for surrendered or abandoned domestic rats, as well as spreading awareness, education and support for this often misunderstood animal. While in foster care rats will be socialized with people and other rats, giving them the skills they need to make great companions. Proper food, housing and health care are provided to all rats until they find their forever home.
Mainely Rat Rescue also operates two online stores, The Rat Roost and the MRR Food Store, which offer high-quality rat food, bedding, toys, and other unique items necessary for proper rat care.
Mainely Rat Rescue does not receive funding from the state or any government agencies. All donations are greatly appreciated, and are tax deductible.


Star’s Rat Rescue

Our mission is to rescue rats in need and find them the best possible loving homes. We also provide a wonderful, caring, loving home for all of our rattie rescues while they are with us. We keep all rats until they are adopted into a great home and we never let them go to homes as snake food. We are a small rescue giving us the time we need to spend and socialize each rat we have. SRR is a small and private rescue located in Winner, South Dakota.
Star’s Rat Rescue is now Tax Exempt under section 501(c)3

Central Texas Rat Rescue

Central Texas Rat Rescue is a small rescue operating in Austin, TX dedicated to the rescue of domesticated (pet) rats and quality adoption services. We take in owner surrenders as space and funds permit. All rats are spayed/neutered and assessed for health and temperament before adoption.
* We do not currently have 501(c)3 status, but it is one of our eventual goals. If you have experience in this area and can potentially assist us, please contact us!

Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico

Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico, a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue, was formed in 2010 because there were no rat rescues in the state of New Mexico. Today, we’re still the only New Mexico rat rescue. Because New Mexico has a very high poverty level and ranks among the highest (among all 50 states) for animal abuse there are far less animal rescues in New Mexico than in other states, and most are privately funded. Private funding can support some animal rescues, but NOT animal rescues that specialize in rats – an animal that is misunderstood, the subject of many myths, and considered to be disposable. Sadly, even some New Mexico animal shelters consider rats to be disposable. Some shelters don’t accept rats at all and some of those that do often euthanize them shortly after intake. We partner with statewide animal shelters that do take rats and strive to respond to their call for assistance within 24 hours. We also accept rats from the public, but can only do so as we have space available and the financial resources to care for them. It’s extremely challenging to meet the needs for rat rescue.

North Star Rescue

North Star Rescue is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to the welfare of small companion animals. We are the only rescue organization in the San Francisco Bay Area specifically dedicated to all species of pet rodents and rabbits. North Star Rescue provides a variety of services to help small companion animals, including: Rescue and Foster Services for California Shelters, Public Adoptions of Small Animals, Behavioral Advice, Educational Events and More. Unlike a traditional shelter, North Star Rescue has no central location. We are a network of foster homes run by dedicated volunteers who have united under the common goal of keeping small animals from being euthanized when they have nowhere else to go.

Any Rat Rescue

Any Rat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding loving, forever homes for rats in need, serving the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas..
We are approaching nearly 1,400 adoptions since our inception in 2004. We are a no-kill rescue that truly accepts any domestic rat, regardless of health, age, or temperament.
Any Rat Rescue is not a shelter, but rather a network of caring foster homes extending from Metro Phoenix to Tucson.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats. Small Angels was established in the fall of 2003 and since then has successfully rescued over 4,000 small animals. While we do not have a physical shelter, we use a network of foster homes instead to care for the animals until they find a forever home.

Small Pets – Big Hearts, Inc.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer organization, dedicated to rescuing small exotic pets and placing them into forever homes.
We rescue: guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, mice, gerbils, rats, degus, ferrets, chinchillas, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, reptiles, and birds.

Best Friend Rodent Rescue

We are now an official 501 (C)(3) home based all volunteer Non-Profit Rodent Rescue located in the Silver Lake/Everett, WA area. Best Friend Rodent Rescue was founded when an extreme need for a small animal/pet rat rescue was noticed. Our Board of Directors includeds an amazing group of ladies who all know that the pet rat gets a bad rap and they have a huge desire to turn that around. Rats have taken over our hearts and our home. We have been rescuing rats and other rodents in need and finding them their new forever homes since May of 2010. Quite simply put, we love rats and have found that with the growing number of people discovering the joys of pet rat ownership, there is also a growing number of domesticated rats finding themselves homeless and in need of new forever homes. We would like to help the world see what truly terrific pets and friends rats make. If you already know what wonderful friends pet rats make, we are here for you too! We do also on occasion take in and have available for adoption other small animals such as mice, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits, etc.

Rattie Ratz

Rattie Ratz is a federally recognized non-profit (501(c)(3)) rescue organization founded in 1998 and is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of domestic pet rats in the Bay Area (Northern California). Rattie Ratz operates a limited-access rescue, accepting needy rats from local, overwhelmed shelters and from individuals and emergency situations on a case-by-case basis.
Since its inception, Rattie Ratz has rescued and re-homed approximately 250-350 domestic pet rats annually. In 2013, the majority of rats (160 or 48%) were surrendered to Rattie Ratz from individuals, 103 (31%) were pulled from local shelters, 41 (12%) were transfers from other rescue organizations and the remaining rats were either adopted animals that had to be returned to the rescue (12 or 4%) or were babies (15 or 5%) born to rescued, pregnant females (for a total of 331 rats). As of June 2014, 171 rats have been adopted and 29 are currently in foster care.
Rattie Ratz is an all-volunteer organization with 10-15 regular volunteers and two dozen casual volunteers and foster homes. The organization is governed by a volunteer and experienced board of directors which oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $20,000. Rattie Ratz is supported by individual goodwill donations, adoption donations and fees, special events and other charitable and fundraising opportunities. Funds are used to purchase supplies, cages, transportation, animal maintenance costs and pay for veterinarian care when required. Rattie Ratz and its volunteers are active in their local communities, participating in education outreach, locally run adoption drives as well as organizing mobile adoption events.

Rattie Tattie Rescue

Rattie Tattie Rescue is located in Amelia, OH. We have been doing rat rescue for over 12 years and have placed over a thousand rats into their loving forever homes in Ohio and several surrounding states.
We are a 501c3 Ohio Non-profit organization. Rattie Tattie Rescue receives no profit from running the rescue. This is something we do purely for the love of rats and we dedicate a lot of time and money to ensure that the rats that come here are cared for and find their forever homes.
We do not breed rats, nor do we support the breeding of any animal. There are far too many animals dying daily because there are not enough homes. All of the rats that come to us are surrendered by owner or come from emergency situations such as hoarding cases, shelters not equipped to care for rats or other crises.

The Rat Retreat

The Rat Retreat’s mission is to champion the rights of rats across the world through education, outreach, adoption, health research, and hospice. We seek to eliminate abuse and improper breeding; to assist with educated adoptions; to reduce disease leading to early death; to educate consumers and pet stores about proper handling and maintenance; and, to provide companionship and on-going care for abandoned and sick rats.

For The Love Of Rats

[Located in Louisiana] Our mission is to help abused, neglected and homeless pets find loving furever homes, socialize them and give them proper veterinarian care.
I have been rescuing rats and other small animals for about a year now. I’m not a non profit rescue at this time. I’m in the process of applying to become a non profit rescue.

Precious Whiskers

We are a foster home for pet Fancy Rats, located in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
We have several available rats listed in the Available tab. If you would like to adopt them, please contact us. If you have a particular type of rat that you are looking for, let us know, and if one becomes available to us, we will let you know.

Florida Rodents & Small Mammal Rescue


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