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Our Featured Philadelphia, PA Partner:

Philly Rat Rescue/St Francis Rat Sanctuary

Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

PHILLY RAT RESCUE serves all of Philadelphia, PA, Bucks County, PA, Montgomery County, PA as well as the parts of central and southern New Jersey close to Philadelphia.

Under normal circumstances, we do not adopt rats to anyone living more than 50 miles from Philadelphia, PA unless you have adopted from us before (former area residents, etc)

We also do not accept surrenders of more than 3 rats at one time when we have space. We are a very small rescue with limited foster space. We are not equipped to take in large groups of rats such as from pet stores, hoarders, or breeders. We take rats only from urgent, emergency situations, especially those involving abandonment, illness, old age and abuse. If you cannot keep your rats for other reasons (such as "moving" and "no time for anymore"), please plan to responsibly rehome them, or bring them to your nearest rat-friendly animal shelter or humane society (if you need recommendations, please ask us.) We exist to help those rats who have no one else, and who need help the most.

About Our Rescue Group:

PHILLY RAT RESCUE was established in 2012 to serve the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding communities. We take in single and paired rats from private individuals, "free" ads on Craigslist and Freecycle and from abandonment or abuse situations. We do not normally take rats in from animal shelters or hoarding situations because we are not equipped to handle large groups of rats. We were founded to save the rats in most urgent need of rescuing. We take rats in for genunely urgent reasons only.

Shortly after PHILLY RAT RESCUE was founded, we also established the ST FRANCIS RAT SANCTUARY for elderly, disabled and terminally ill rats in danger of being abandoned or given away as snake food. They live out their golden months with our foster moms, in peace, safety and comfort, receiving any veterinary care they may need. Due to space, our rescue and sanctuary are both limited admission.

PHILLY RAT RESCUE is more than just a rat rescue. We also exist to act as advocates for the well-being and safety of domestic rats everywhere. We also serve as a referral agency for the times when our foster homes are full. We will refer surrenderers to other reputable rescues and shelters in these cases.

We also can help if you are in need of a pet sitter for rats, either for a short business trip or a long vacation! If you need rat sitting, please ask us, we have members who are very experienced in rat care and would be happy to help!

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ADOPT ONLY TO THOSE LIVING IN PHILADELPHIA, THE PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS, AND CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY. You must live no more than 50 miles from Philadelphia, PA to adopt from us, unless you are a past, approved adopter who has since moved away from this area.

Come Meet our Pets:

We occasionally hold adoption events at area PET VALU stores.

Our Adoption Process:

Our adoption donation is $15.00 for the first rat and $10.00 for each additional rat adopted at the same time.

In the cases of older rats that have become bonded to their cagemates, if you are willing to adopt them to keep them together as a family, we do not ask any adoption donation after the third rat in the group ($35.00 would be the maximum.)

We require an adoption application be filled out, and once approved, you must sign an adoption contract. All approved adopters receive an adopter's kit containing a rat food sample, brochure, rat toy, area pet directory, water bottle and rat hammock as well as other goodies!

We also provide new adopters with assorted rat care brochures and a list of area veterinarians who are rat-friendly.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

small animals can make wonderful pets, and rather than buying a small animal for sale or finding a small animal breeder, adopting a small animal from an animal shelter or rescue organization is the perfect way to add a small animal to your family. Keep in mind, there is a lot you will need to know when you provide a home for a small animal. You will need to learn what to feed them, how much exercise or attention your small animal needs, and many other important things about how to house and care for a small animal. There are different types of small animals including Chinchilla, Degu, Ferret, Gerbil, Guinea Pig, Hamster, Hedgehog, Mouse, Prairie Dog, Rat, Skunk, and Sugar Glider.

Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you'll have a friend for life! Please consider a rescue pet before you buy a pet from a breeder or pet store. Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.