Philly Rat Rescue/St Francis Rat Sanctuary

A PO Box 45662, Philadelphia, PA 19149 rescue helping to find loving homes for small animals.

Pets at Philly Rat Rescue/St Francis Rat Sanctuary

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Areas Philly Rat Rescue/St Francis Rat Sanctuary Serves

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 usually 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 usually 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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL FEMALE RATS WE RECEIVE ARE PUT ON PREGNANCY WATCH FOR 25 DAYS BEFORE BEING LISTED FOR ADOPTION, TO BE SURE THEY'RE NOT PREGNANT.

ADDITIONALLY, ALL RATS OF EITHER SEX ARE PUT IN QUARANTINE FOR 2 WEEKS BEFORE BEING LISTED FOR ADOPTION TO BE SURE THEY'RE NOT SICK.

Philly Rat Rescue/St Francis Rat Sanctuary's Adoption Process

1. Visit the Facility and Find a Pet

Please look at our profiles of available rats, and decide which ones you would like to apply for.

2. Submit Application

Then email prradopt@gmail.com and request an adoption application which you can complete as a file and email back. PLEASE CHECK SPAM FOLDER!

3. Approve Application

If you are approved (please note that approval is not guaranteed and depends on your answers on the application), we will contact you again.

4. Sign Adoption Contract

Once we receive the adoption contracts back by email, we will put you in touch with the foster parent of the rats you want.

5. Take the Pet Home

At ANY time in the future if you cannot keep the rats for ANY reason, we require that you give them back to us.

6. Submit Application

PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER IF YOU DO NOT GET AN EMAIL REPLY FROM US! WE ALWAYS REPLY PROMPTLY.

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 ARE NOT A PUBLIC SHELTER. We do not have hours or a single location. We are a network of private homes that volunteer to foster rats until they are adopted. You cannot come visit all of the rats before adoption since they are in varied locations. To save time for both you and us, we require that anyone going to a foster home to see/adopt rats must be pre-approved first.

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

About Philly Rat Rescue/St Francis Rat Sanctuary

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. Most of the time, we take rats in for genuinely urgent reasons only. If we have space, we will take rats from non-emergency situations.

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. This means at times we will take public positions on issues which impact domestic rats.

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.

BEFORE INQUIRING, PLEASE READ ADOPTABLE PET ENTRIES CAREFULLY. IN MOST CASES THE INFO YOU NEED ON THE RATS IS CONTAINED THERE. WE USUALLY HAVE NO FURTHER INFO ON THE RATS IN QUESTION. Please email prradopt@gmail.com for an adoption application for any rats you may be interested in.

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