The Georgia Rat Rescue
Making a difference one small life at a time
How to Help
Can’t adopt, but you’d still like to help?
There are several ways you can help us out!

The GA Rat Rescue is a Non-Profit Organization that depends on public support and funding to continue rescuing pet rats from shelters, hoarding/animal abuse cases and individuals who can no longer care for them, and to provide education and support to the public. While some of our funds come from the adoption fees we collect, this does not generally cover the overall cost of transportation, care/supplies and veterinary costs incurred from taking in and housing/caring for the hundreds of rats that come through our doors every year. YOU can help by the following ways:

FOSTERING!  We are in need of foster homes! We have hit an all time high in the number of surrendering requests this year and an all time low in the number of active fosters. If you are interested in becoming a GRR Foster, Please contact us for more information and a foster application at! Our rescue is made up of volunteer based foster homes that help care for animals coming into our rescue until they can go up for adoption. We provide the cage, carriers, bedding, food, hammocks/toys/cage assessories, and a first aid kit while you provide the day to day care, cleaning and socialization. We currently are in need of both Standard Fosters and Angel Fosters (those that take in the unadoptable or special needs cases). Standard fosters cannot have other rats or vector species (mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets) in the home because you will be also providing the quarantine portion of the fostering period. If you are an Angel Foster you can have other rats and vector species in the home but will be taking in cases that have been deemed unadoptable due to health, temperament, have a biting history, age and/or have a disability/special needs care requirement and will remain with you for the rat(s) lifetimes. As of June 1st 2017, all Fosters no longer need to be within the Atlanta 1 hr radius area, contact us with your location to see if we will be able to work with you in your area.

VOLUNTEER! We need volunteers for a variety of tasks including fundraising and transport. Please contact us at our email for more information.

DONATE! Donations are always greatly appreciated and every little bit helps! Please check out our always needed items (below) to see what we’re in need of. We will take in gently used, no longer needed pet supplies, new to lightly used/good condition cages/carriers and plastic toys/cage assessories but cannot take in used wood based items or rusted cages/carriers at this time. All donated supplies go to the ongoing care of the rats at our foster locations or sold with an adoption of one of our cases. If you have supplies to donate, please contact us for the nearest drop-off site to your city. If you would like to purchase items online and have them shipped to us, contact us for a shipping address.  You can also give a monetary donation by donating through our Paypal button throughout this site or when you adopt from us we welcome your cash donations. 100% of the money we get goes towards our emergency medical fund and the ongoing cost for care of the rats within the foster program.

We are constantly in need of:
  • Lab Blocks for Rats (Native Earth, Harlan Teklad, Purina Rat Chow, Muzuri, etc) or Oxbow Essentials Rat Food
  • Rat Hammocks, Cubes, Tubes, etc and Critter Nation pan and ladder liners
  • Fleece blankets and other soft material
  • Wodent Wheels or Silent Spinner Wheels
  • Small animal or cat carriers
  • Glass Water Bottles
  • Chew Toys

This page was last updated: July 20, 2017