Surrender a Rat
We've all been there. Life has its ups and downs and unexpected changes. Whether it be a new living situation, a new baby, or a new allergy - we don't judge. We are happy to help you find your little friend a new home. Of course, it would be ideal for you to be able to keep your rats so if you are requiring assistance with caging, vet or food costs, temperament issues, etc. our PASS program may be able to help. Please send us an e-mail!
**WE ARE AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY!**
It breaks my heart to announce that we are currently operating at max capacity and are unable to take in new surrenders. The Humane Society of North Texas may still be taking in rats, or you can try back in a few weeks to see if some room has opened up at the rescue. I deeply apologize!
What is P.A.S.S.?
PASS stands for Positive Alternative to Shelter Surrender. Surrendering a pet can be a devastating time, and many people surrender because they don't know what else to do. Our PASS program helps those who wish to keep their pets but do not have the means to do so. Depending on the situation, we may be able to help provide food, housing, transportation, or assistance with temperament and medical issues. If you this this might apply to you, please contact us!
How do I know my ratty will be well cared for?
All of our rats are handled daily and given the best care. We use a full-nutrition lab block feed (along with lots of yogie treats) and chewing outlets. We have been keeping rats for almost 10 years and have have worked in several veterinary hospitals. We've seen it all and know how to handle any issues that may come up.
Our goal is to get your little buddy into a loving home that will provide them with the best care and love.
Do I need to bring anything with them?
You do not need to provide a cage or supplies, although they are greatly appreciated!
What if my rat is sick/old/unsocialized?
We take all kinds of rats. If they are sick, we will provide care. If they are old, we can give them a happy loving home to live out the rest of their days. If they are under socialized, we can work with them to get them used to people and teach them how to be good little ratties. :)
My rat just had a litter (or is pregnant) - can I still surrender her?
Yes, we have a "maternity ward" well equipped to handle pregnant or nursing moms as well as young pups. If you have pups without a mother, we may have a nursing mom available.
How much will you pay for my rats?
Unfortunately, we are not able to compensate for surrenders. I know how frustrating it can be to buy a new pet, a new cage, all their accessories and toys and food and then have to give them up. If you are requiring compensation for your surrender, you can try rehoming them yourself using social media outlets (Facebook, Craigslist, etc.) but please be cautious when taking this route.
What is your surrender fee?
Unlike most other humane societies and rescues, we do not have a surrender fee. Because of our amazing community of donors and adopters, we are able to offer our services free of charge. We know that often times rats are surrendered for lack of funds, and we do not want to be the reason a rat is let go in the wild to fend for itself. Our mission is to help the rats and people of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and that means giving you peace of mind by providing a safe haven for your little friend until another loving home comes along.
Can I surrender a different type of animal?
At this time we are really only equipped to take in domesticated rats. If you need to surrender another type of animal, please let us know and we will be able to point you in the right direction.
Can I post my rat on your Facebook page, but keep him/her until they get adopted?
Yes!! Click here to access our Facebook page and create a post with some pictures, information, and location. We will help you find a great home for your rat!