The Georgia Rat Rescue
Making a difference one small life at a time
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 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 companions.  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 Information, News and Policy Changes:
  • As per ELISA and IDEXX OptiSpot serology tests (12/21/16, 1/10/17, 5/1/17) the GRR is NEGATIVE  for Rat Bite Fever (S. Moniliiformis) and Seoul Virus (Hantaan)!!! Offical test results available upon request. However we are currently a CARb positive rescue at the main foster colony (ie select cases are CARb positive but not all of our PetFinder listed cases are), this means also there are placement restrictions when adopting from us (more details on our Adopting page) - For more information on CARb and why we are serious about this pathogen, see the RatGuide's Guide to CAR BACILLUS
  • WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW SURRENDERS ON A LIMITED and very SELECTIVE BASIS until further notice due to the SDA outbreak and ongoing CARb and Seoul Virus (Hantaan) concerns within the state (For more information on these two pathogens and why we are concerned, see The RatGuide's Guide to SDA & Guide to Seoul Virus) and based on the number of available foster homes we have at any one time. We can no longer accept rat(s) that bite or have any history of biting due to the lack of specialized Angel foster homes currently. See our Surrender Page for more info on our surrendering process and how to get started if you need to surrender your rat(s) to us.
  • The GA Rat Rescue Store is CLOSED due to the quarantine, we will not be selling 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. THIS VET NO LONGER SEES THE PUBLIC'S RATS so Our Recommended Alternative Veterinarian(s) are:
        ~ Bells Ferry Veterinary Hospital - Located at 6410 Hwy 92, Acworth, GA 30102 and can be contacted at (770) 926-5311
        ~ Buckhaven Vet Clinic with Dr.Mark located at 4226 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319, Phone:(404) 841-3647
        ~ Medlock Bridge Animal Hospital with Dr. Colson located at 5155 S Old Peachtree Rd, Norcross, GA 30092, Phone: (770) 242-9272