Welcome to the Georgia Rat Rescue!

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 and rehibilitate 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.

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 GRR Veterinarian is Baranik Animal Care - These are some of the best animal people in the state and we highly recommend them for all your pets Dr.B has been with us for some years now and has been gaining lots of experience specifically inthe area of rat care, surgery and is often on the cutting edge of new treatments and medications for our rats. She and her awesome vet techs and staff are compassionate and go out of their way to help pet owners and the GRR. They are also the LOWEST priced vet in the state and well worth any drive to see them.
Baranik Animal Care is located at 1230 Satellite Blvd, ste 200, Suwanee GA 30024
and can be contacted at 678-869-5469

We now post most of our updates and most
current rescue news on our FaceBook page

~~~~~~~ Many Available Pet Rats!~~~~~~~
We are currently experiencing a significant overflow of cases at the GRR as of the month of November with many more waiting to come in, we currently have over 30 awesome perfectly adoptable rats looking for homes right now with almost all being babies or under 6 months of age. We cannot take in any more cases and help more rats that desperately need our help until these current cases start getting adopted out. Please visit our Availables page to read about these awesome rats that can be yours over the holidays.

~~~~~~~ FOSTERS NEEDED ASAP! ~~~~~~~
As we count our many blessings for this wonderful year here at the GRR we have also had some losses. We have just confirmed that we are losing all but one of our current foster homes by December of this year and we will have to temporarily close our doors until additional new fosters can be found. We particularly need people who can be a quarantine foster home, these are short term 3-5 week foster homes for incoming cases and are the most rewarding jobs you can have here at the GRR. You have the most impact immediately on cases and without this valuable quarantine we cannot in good faith continue to take in cases. These fosters are vital to the existence of the rescue as a whole. We also are looking for regular fosters who can handle a single small case to those that can handle multiple cases as well as Angel Homes for those who feel particularly called to hospice, extended/significant rehabilitation, and/or special needs cases like elderly rats, moms pregnant/with nursing litters, debilitating/chronic medical conditions. You do not need previous rat ownership experience to be a foster. This year our foster mom Adrienne came to us without ever having any rats and has been one of our most valued and effective quarantine foster ever! The GRR provides everything for the care of the rats, all you have to do is give them love and basic care. If you or someone you know might be interested in fostering or if you'd like to find out more, go to our Fostering page for more info and our foster application or you can email us directly at garatrescue@gmail.com.

~~~~~~~ Fall Clearance Sale ~~~~~~~
We are clearing out our main storage facility of its usable cages, carriers, accessories as well as selling our newly made Critter Nation liners, hammocks and other items for the holidays. See our main list of items available HERE!
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.