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For tips on placing rats in new homes, please see the bottom of this page.


If you are looking to adopt rats or you have rats who need homes check out these websites:


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If you are looking for rats please check the rescues listed below.

You may also find listings of rats who need homes at


Rat Rescue Listings

Listed from East to West


Updated 9-28-15


I take in small animals including rats, so if you are looking for a new rat, check out my website at





Maritime Rat Rescue Group
Main location: Moncton, NB
Lindsay Horsman Founder/President
Facebook page: Maritime Rat Rescue Group
Twitter: MRRG10


The Small Victories rescue website lists rats who need homes in the areas of Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, and other parts of Canada.  There are also links to rescues for other small animals.

smallvictories.jane @


Chelle’s Critter Haven
Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

(519) 830-6285

We rescue and re-home small animals of all kinds, however our primary focus is rats.


Henry’s Haven

City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, and surrounding areas

Ontario, Canada 

(705) 927-2970


Small Animal Rescue Society of BC (SARS BC)
PO Box 54564
7155 Kingsway
, BC  V5E 4J6  Canada

Phone: 604-438-4366
Fax: 604-777-2118
We rescue all sorts of small animals and the occasional dog or cat. We are
a registered charity in Canada and we operate all over British Columbia.




The Rats Nest
Mobile Rescue, US Wide

Gilbert H Weant, Jr.

Phone: 336-649-1404 voice or text 24/7 availability


New England


Mainely Rat Rescue

Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York


Pet Provisions
135 Pearl Street
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
(802) 878-6623


New York


Silly Little Rodents Rescue WNY

P. O. Box 75

Hamburg, NY 14075





PHILLY RAT RESCUE--Where every rat counts!

PO Box 45662

Philadelphia, PA 19149-5662

Phone: 856-357-6603 (General Info/Adoptions)

Email: (General Info) (Adoptions only)




The Pittsburgh Rat Lovers Club & Rescue

Adoptions and Rescue 412-708-7919,

Education and Health 724-266-0334,


New Ken Rat Rescue
New Kensington, PA -- Near Pittsburgh
(724) 355-2702 (text first is best or leave a message)




Small Angels Rescue

(301) 668-0404


gRATitude Rat Rescue

Pylesville, Maryland

Face book page:

We rescue and re-home rats.


North Carolina


Carolina Pet Rescue


Sondra Allison

Asheville, NC (2 hours from Charlotte)



P.A.W. (Providing A Way) Home Rat Rescue and Transport

Tae and Aaron Franklin

Fayetteville, NC

7065646947 cell

9103392374 home




Dakota’s Dream is a small, volunteer run, no-kill, non-for-profit animal rescue group. Our volunteers are hard working and dedicated in assisting animals in need of finding a forever home. We pride ourselves on being a no kill rescue group. We believe that every animal deserves a second chance and sometimes even a third chance. We rescue cats, dogs, rats, bunnies, guinea pigs, and horses.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1814
Winchester, VA 22604

Phone: 540-323-7520

We are also on Facebook.


Micah Ross

Chaos Rattery

Christiansburg, VA

Call or text: (540)-505-1577

Specializing in Blues and Dumbos. We also take in unwanted rats and try to find them homes.




Rat Lovers

Pinellas County, FL




We are Royal Ratty Rescue located in Lansing, MI. Ratties are always available for adoption to approved homes, and rats or other small mammals in need of homes are welcome! All ratties are vet-checked & properly quarantined before going to a “forever home.” Transportation to and from the Rescue are available at a negotiable cost. You can reach us at: or by phone at (517) 974-4577.


Yale Road Adoptables


Greenwood Township, MI

Rescues both rats and degus.

Facebook page:

Web site:



Kimberly M. Nowak
302 1/2 N. Genesee Street
Merrill, WI 54452-1943

A caring person who will rescue rats in need of a home and socialize them to make them good pets for good homes only. Will also do pet sitting for small rodents.



Robyn’s Nest

130 N. 1st St

Miamisburg, OH  45342





Happy Endings

Heather Leughmyer

Columbia City, IN



Seventh Heaven Rattie Rescue

Central and south central Indiana




Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary

Director: Beth
824 Church Street,
German Valley, IL 61039
(Centrally located between Rockford & Freeport,
Chicago & Galena)



R.A.T.S. (Rats Are Truly Special), an unofficial rat shelter based in the Chicago area is looking for homes for rats that we take in. These rats are either from kill shelters or from private homes. I don't always have babies, but teenagers and adults need love just the same.
Dawn - 708-424-2793



Nod Away Rat Rescue

Tiffany Smith

Maryville, Missouri

(660) 582-4575


South Dakota

Stars Rat Rescue


Winner, SD

(605) 842-2405



Capital City Rat Rescue


Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding communities.




PocketAngels Rattie Rescue

Bedford TX

(682) 503-6698

(682) 230-3023


Dallas/Fort Worth area
The Rat Association of Texas (RAT) does rat rescue on an ongoing basis. RAT also works closely with PocketAngels Rattie Rescue.  Please visit our forum for the latest updates.

You can also contact Christine Gutierrez at or


New Mexico

Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of
New Mexico
A 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, Cherie Jones, Founder and President

“Just because they're tiny doesn't mean they're disposable.”

Please “like” our Facebook page at


Northern Arizona

At Aamanda’s Misfits I specialize in taking in aggressive/hostile rats. Once in my care they are rehabilitated if possible and offered for adoption. Even if they are never able to be adopted they still remain in my care for the rest of their lives. No animal here will ever be put to sleep to due being abused or ill bred.  I almost always have adoptable ratties. Most are from owners who no longer want them or they were destined to be food.

   If there are no pics up on my web site please e-mail me for a list of adoptables.

we also take in and adopt out other small animals as well as dogs,cats and other pets.  Come visit my site and find the part of your heart you have been missing.

blessings to all




Phoenix, AZ area


Any Rat Rescue
Glendale, AZ (Phoenix area)


Pigpalooza! Guinea Pig and Small Animal Rescue

PO Box 40373

Phoenix, AZ 85067



San Diego, CA
Wee Companions Animal Adoption, Inc.

Rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, mice and the occasional rabbit.


Orange County area


Furry Friends Orphanage

RMCA So. Cal.

Deborah (Lake Forest) (949) 770-0323

Prefers email contact via:


Mindy (Fullerton) (714) 595-8230

Diane (Costa Mesa) (949) 631-4513


Los Angeles Area

Rockstar Rats


West Los Angeles, CA


East of Los Angeles

LovinDaRats is a small rescue and rattery.


Yucca Valley, CA


Orange County, CA

Rabbit and Pocket Pet Adoptions often knows of owners seeking to place adoptable rats. We help keep track of rats in local shelters and networks to get them into permanent and foster care. If you foster a rat for the rescue, all expenses and supplies are covered. Vet referrals and care tips are also provided if needed. Sexing help is provided for accidental litters. Free listing on for local rats or other small animals needing homes. Contact a volunteer at 818-600-1967 or visit


Fresno, CA Area

Little Angels Rescue

Lorie Ham

438 W. Stanley
Reedley, CA 93654


San Francisco Bay Area

Rattie Ratz: Rescue, Resource, and Referral

1-800-LUV-RATS   (1-800-588-1821)


North Star Rescue

Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo, CA usually has rats who need homes. If you can help, please call Patti Schaeffer at (650) 340-7022 X332.


Sacramento, CA area


Rattie Ratz Rescue

1-800-LUV-RATS   (1-800-588-1821)

Volunteers can make arrangements to deliver rats to the Sacramento area.


North Star Rescue

Volunteers can make arrangements to deliver rats to the Sacramento area.


Sacramento SPCA

The Sacramento SPCA usually has rats who need homes.


Placer SPCA

Shawna Goss
Executive Assistant
150 Corporation Yard Road
Roseville, CA 95678

(916) 782-7722 x 106

The Placer SPCA often has rats who need homes.


Seattle, WA area

Rabbit Meadows

We rescue rats and sell supplies to help support the rescue program.

Sandi Ackerman

8030 NE Bothell Way

Kenmore, WA 98028



Best Friend Rodent Rescue

Tips on Placing Rats in New Homes

Many people are worried that if they advertise “free rats to a good home” the people responding will be snake owners.  Instead of giving rats away, you should charge at least the same amount of money pet shops charge for pet rats.  You can also screen potential adopters by asking them questions such as: Have you had pet rats before?  What were their names?  How long did they live?  What did they die from?  If they’ve never had rats before, ask what other pets they have had, how old these pets lived to be, and what happened to them. If someone takes responsible care of their other pets, they are more likely to be a responsible rat owner.  Click here for our adoption questionnaire.


Then you should ask: What kind of cage do you have for the rats, and what is it made of?  How big is it?  What will you use for cage bedding?  What kind of food will you feeding them?  How do you plan to play with your rats out of the cage?  Unless they have good answers for all these questions, they are not an appropriate home for rats, even if they don’t plan to feed them to reptiles.


If you need to find homes for baby rats, here is a strategy that worked well for Rosalie Elliott, a RFC member in Florida who used to breed rats. She ran an ad in the newspaper that said POCKET PETS. PLAYFUL TRAINABLE AFFECTIONATE MUNCHKINS. Available to selected homes for $5 up. Tel 433-0783 for FREE BROCHURE.


When Rosalie first told people they were rats, they would hang up on her. So she wouldn’t tell them they were rats until they came and saw how wonderful and cute they were. Once they saw how cute and wonderful rats are, they fell in love with them and didn’t care that they were rats. She had a waiting list of people who wanted her babies!  Be sure to always adopt out babies in same-sex pairs.


A similar strategy should work for older rats. Although it’s usually better to ask for a small payment, some weekly newspapers offer free ads if you are giving something away. Be sure to carefully screen potential adopters. 

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