Rat Adoption and Rescue
The Toronto Humane Society always has many rats that need homes. Visit the THS adoption page here. Click on “Other Animals for adoption”, then click on “Breed”, then look at the last pages.
If you aren’t in the Toronto, contact a Humane Society or shelter near you and inquire about rats, there are many rats in shelters around the country that need good homes.
Small Animal Rescue of BC – January 2005: “We’re a new rescue called Small Animal Rescue of BC. Most of our foster homes etc. are in the Lower Mainland around Vancouver but we help out BC wide. We currently have over 70 rats, we just took a lot that were let loose when the previous owner moved away… Male females all mixed up so most females were pregnant.”
Rats deserve to be treated with as much care and responsibility as more conventional pets like cats or dogs. This means that you need to consider the cost of veterinary care when choosing to own rats. There are some common health problems with rats that I’ll get to later in this article and it’s practical to anticipate at least a couple of visits to the vet for each of your rats.
Here in Canada a check-up usually costs around $30-40 for a small animal. Medication is often needed as well. Saving a bit of money each month in a separate bank account for medical costs later on is an excellent idea. Be aware of the ongoing costs of food and bedding. Even though rats cost only a few dollars to buy that does not make them more ‘disposable’ than a more expensive animal. Rats are small furry bundles of life that feel affection, fear, and pain like dogs and cats. Rats deserve medical attention if they become ill just like any other domestic animal. If you aren’t willing or can’t afford to pay for vet bills and possible medical emergencies for your rats then you should not get them as pets.