Welcome to the Georgia Rat Rescue!

ATTENTION: The GRR is now CLOSED due to a viral or bacterial outbreak that occurred during December 2016 within our main adoption foster's home (this includes ALL of the rats listed on our Petfinder listing). We are currently in our mandatory recommended post-infection quarantine till June 2017 and are doing ELISA and other testing to determine what we are dealing with. While we did lose a few in the first few days we have been able to stabilize and start the recovery period for all others. Our Quarantine means that we will NOT be adopting any rat(s) out or taking in any surrenders for this period minimally, ie no rats in, no rats out.

UPDATES as of 1/10/17: The GRR has tested positive for CAR bacillus via ELISA tests, additional tests for viral agents will be done in late Feb once there are antibodies to test for. Due to this positive result for CARb and the need for further testing for viruses later on, we will be in a prolonged quarantine till June 2017. Unfortunately because we are positive for CARb and due to the persistent and incurable qualities of this bacterium, we will only be placing the current in-fostering cases (ALL the rats listed on Petfinder) once we are out of quarantine in homes that HAVE NO OTHER RATS, mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and rabbits within the home. We will re-evaluate where we are as a rescue, our policies and operating procedures and the future of the GRR in June. We will also try to backtrack and trace possible sources but please note that this does mean there is an active CARb infection occurring within general rat populations/breeder colonies/pet stores in and around the Atlanta/McDonough, GA and/or in Chattanooga, TN areas that can affect your rats at home. Even proper quarantining DOES NOT STOP the spread of CAR bacillus and rats can be asymptomatic (showing no outward discernible symptoms and still be contagious). Since we may also still be dealing with a viral agent such as Sendai or SDA, this may also mean there is an active viral outbreak in these areas as well. To protect your rat(s) at home, do not bring in any outside sourced rat(s) no matter where they are coming from, especially if they are from a pet store (often the prime source for viral outbreaks) and/or a "breeder" found off Craig's List (One of the possible two sources for this includes a feeder rat & mouse breeder found off CL located southeast of Atlanta). In the meantime, please consider helping us by making donations to our medical fund, just got to our main site and click the PayPal Donate button. We are currently more than $1,300 in debt from the veterinarian visits, medication costs, several testing costs and on going nursing support care costs so any amount no matter how large or small will help.

The Georgia Rat Rescue is a non-profit rescue founded in 2011 by a handful of fellow rat lovers who saw the need for a specialized rescue focusing on saving and re-homing unwanted and abandoned domestic pet rats in the region. Having volunteered and worked in the animal shelters and other rescues for years, the need for a regional domestic rat specific rescue became overwhelming apparent. By combining resources and sharing contacts, the GA Rat Rescue was created and has been helping make a difference through one small life at a time.

Our mission at the GRR is to rehome unwanted and surrendered domestic pet rats. We operate as a network of volunteers and fosters to provide proper care, housing, food and health care for every rat while in our care until forever homes are found. While in our care, rats will be socialized with people and often with other pets and rats to prepare them to be great compainions.

Future plans for the rescue is to expand our reach beyond the state into the region as well as increasing out foster family network. Our ultimate wish is to be able to have a physical shelter dedicated to the quarantine and health care isolation unit and a fully operating on-site adoptions center. We will also gain our 501(c)(3) non profit status. We are an all volunteer organization that does not receive funding from the state or any government agencies.The GA Rat Rescue relies solely on donations, volunteer funding and the revenue generated from our food and cages store to support the animals in our care.

Important Inofrmation, News and Policy Changes:
  • The GA Rat Rescue Store is now CLOSED due to the quarantine, we will not be seeling any items or food during this period to help prevent any possible spread of the virus/bacteria beyond our walls.
  • Due to currently limited volunteer hours, the GRR now has designated Administrations Days where we will respond to emails, adoption/surrender applications will be processed, meet & greets will be set up and when we will work with our new or potential fosters/volunteers. We will post these dates and most of our updates on our GRR FaceBook page
  • We do not handle wild rats, orphaned babies or squirrels! - Please contact the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) located at the AWARE Wildlife Center 4158 Klondike Road, Lithonia, GA 30038. You can call them at 678-418-1111 for emergencies or in cases of orphaned babies found.
  • The Official Veterinarian is Baranik Animal Care - Located at 1230 Satellite Blvd, ste 200, Suwanee GA 30024 and can be contacted at (678) 869-5469. Our Recommended Alternative Veterinarian(s) are the Bells Ferry Veterinary Hospital - Located at 6410 Hwy 92, Acworth, GA 30102 and can be contacted at (770) 926-5311 & the Buckhaven Vet Clinic with Dr.Mark located at 4226 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319, Phone:(404) 841-3647

The Georgia Rat Rescue
Making a difference one small life at a time
GRR Wish List
Needed items
for fostering

  • Oxbow Regal Rat Food
  • Harlan Teklad/Native Earth lab block
  • Zupreme Bird Chow
  • Ensure
  • Chew Items
  • Treats
  • Fleece Blankets
  • Towels
  • Cloth Placemats
  • Plastic Baskets
  • Ladders
  • Hidey Boxes
  • Free & Clear Laundry Soap
  • Carefresh bedding
  • Coupons for cereal, Ensure, alternative-milk products (like almond, soy, or rice milk).
  • Carriers
  • Plastic bins (any size) with lockable lids
  • Money!


We can pick up items locally within Gwinnett, Dekalb or north Fulton counties or items can be shipped directly to us. Please email us if you are unsure if the items you have are usable and for shipping instructions/addresses.