The DFW Rat Rescue started in January 2018 with the goal to help people in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area find a new home for their rats or find a new rat for their home. We want this process to be safe, easy, and beneficial to all those involved. We value our community of rat owners and believe they deserve to be treated with the same amount of respect and care that we give to our rats.
We are 100% volunteer run and all proceeds from adoption fees and store sales go back into providing for the rats in our care. We are a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit.
We are a member of the AFRMA.
How do you care for the rats?
We feed our rats Mazuri rat food along with a homemade mix, fresh fruits and vegetables, mealworms, and (of course) lots of treats. Rats are given natural, organic baby food when needed - usually with medication or when they are severely underweight.
Our rats always have at least 2 cubic feet of space (per rat) in their cages, along with time out of the cage to run around. The only time a rat would be confined to a smaller space is after surgery or in other emergency cases. Each cage has a soft place to lay (hammock, bed), a place to hide (igloo, space pod), and plenty of enrichment (toys, chews).
We do our very best to make sure all rats have a companion unless they are in quarantine, aggressive, or for medical reasons.
Cages are spot-cleaned daily with a thorough cleaning once a week. This includes washing food dishes, water bottles, fleece liners, and hammocks. Bedding is changed and the cage is given a full scrub-down. Cages are completely disinfected between tenants.
We have a well-stocked pharmacy and rats are taken to one of our vet clinics if a problem should arise that we are not equipped to handle on our own.
Where do your rats come from?
Our rats come from a variety of places. They are brought to us by people who believe the best thing for the animal is to find it a new home. We are proud rescue partners with several city shelters and humane societies in the area. This can mean that they are originally from pet stores, breeders, feeder bins, accidental litters, or given to them by someone else. We have also assisted with several hoarding/animal cruelty cases. We try not to focus on the origins of the rat, but rather where they are going next.
Where does your funding come from and where does it go?
Rescue funding comes solely from donations (adoption fees, supplies, fundraising). Although we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we are not a shelter. We receive no money from the government or other entities. These funds are used for various operational costs, such as food, enrichment, treats, bedding, housing, cleaning supplies, transportation costs, and (most importantly) medical expenses. We also must think about electricity, paying for our website, any repair or replacement costs, and other administrative expenses. The rescue is 100% volunteer-based, including our wonderful fosters!
Are you anti-breeder?
Definitely not. Unlike dog and cat breeding, rat breeding would be exclusively for snake food if it weren't for active pet breeders and "fanciers." By breeding out poor genetics, disease, and undesirable temperament, breeders can have a very positive influence on the evolution of the species. I would rather see someone buy a rat from a responsible, reputable breeder than a chain pet store. *Please keep in mind that rat breeding can be expensive, time-consuming, heartbreaking, and requires tons of medical and genetic knowledge. If you are thinking about breeding rats, please contact a local breeder and ask as many questions as you can. Also consider fostering a pregnant or nursing doe.