Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of domestic pet rats and their guardians by promoting value and respect for all animal life.

Our goals are:

  • To promote domestic pet rats as valuable companions
  • To promote the proper care and maintenance of domestic pet rats
  • To promote the adoption of needy animals over the purchase of mass-produced pet store animals

Rattie Ratz volunteers strive to ensure the well being of all domesticated pet rats that come to us — from private intakes or shelters alike — by going above and beyond in our every day care, affection and healthcare with the animals we foster. We emphasize the importance of maintaining this care throughout the remainder of their life in a forever home by equipping all our adopters with the necessary tools to do so.


About Us

Rattie Ratz is a federally recognized non-profit (501(c)(3)) rescue organization founded in 1998 and is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of domestic pet rats in the Bay Area (Northern California).  Rattie Ratz operates a limited-access rescue, accepting needy rats from local, overwhelmed shelters and from individuals and emergency situations on a case-by-case basis.

Since its inception, Rattie Ratz has rescued and re-homed approximately 250-350 domestic pet rats annually.  In 2013, the majority of rats (160 or 48%) were surrendered to Rattie Ratz from individuals, 103 (31%) were pulled from local shelters, 41 (12%) were transfers from other rescue organizations and the remaining rats were either adopted animals that had to be returned to the rescue (12 or 4%) or were babies (15 or 5%) born to rescued, pregnant females (for a total of 331 rats). As of June 2014, 171 rats have been adopted and 29 are currently in foster care.

Rattie Ratz is an all-volunteer organization with 10-15 regular volunteers and two dozen casual volunteers and foster homes.  The organization is governed by a volunteer and experienced board of directors which oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $20,000.  Rattie Ratz is supported by individual goodwill donations, adoption donations and fees, special events and other charitable and fundraising opportunities.  Funds are used to purchase supplies, cages, transportation, animal maintenance costs and pay for veterinarian care when required.  Rattie Ratz and its volunteers are active in their local communities, participating in education outreach, locally run adoption drives as well as organizing mobile adoption events.