Adoption Policies


1. Adoption fees are $25 for one rat, and $20 each for additional rats. This is for rats reserved at 10 weeks old and under. Older rats/rescues are generally $10 each.

2. Adopters are placed on my waiting list in the order that they have e-mailed me and been approved for adoption. Adoptions will be done in this order; the only exception is pre-approved breeders, who remain at the top of the list. I choose my keepers first from a litter (I generally keep 1-3 rats from each litter), then breeders, and then the general public. The waiting list is posted publicly, and can be viewed HERE.

3. When being placed on my waiting list, I may require a $5 deposit per rat to ensure that an adopter does not intent to back out. This is a non-refundable deposit. I accept Paypal, money orders, or cash for the deposit. I may not require a deposit if the litter the adopter intends to take rats from will not be born for a while, or if I have an extensive waiting list.

3. When a litter is 3-4 weeks old, I will start e-mailing adopters to choose their rats. If you do not respond to an e-mail to choose your rats within three days I may have to skip over you. I will give you the deadline when e-mailing, and this is generally a strict deadline. Since there is such a short time between the time I start reservations, and when the rats are ready to go home, any delays can cause major problems. Choices are generally made when the rats are about 3-5 weeks old old; if you know you will unavailable at that time please let me know beforehand so we can work something out!

4. I will generally e-mail adopters two at a time to choose their rats. For example, if each adopter is taking a pair, I will e-mail the first adopter and ask him/her to choose the two rats he/she will be taking. At the same time, I will e-mail the second person, and ask for FOUR choices from them, in order of preference. The first adopter will get their two picks, and the second adopter will get their top two choices from what's available. For example, say the first adopter chooses rats #1 and #2, and the second adopter chooses rats #1, #3, #4, and #2 as their preferences. The first adopter will get rats #1 and 2, and the second adopter will get rats #3 and #4.
It is difficult to explain but I hope it makes sense! It's a little complicated, but it works out well, and allows me to get more reservations done in the limited amount of time that I have. I used to contact every person individually, but sometimes I wouldn't hear back in time to get all the reservations finished by the time the rats were ready to go home.


Adoption Policies

1. All adopters are required to sign my adoption agreement. Click here to view this form. I will provide a copy of this agreement when you pick up your rats. Each adopter is also given a folder which includes a care sheet, diet guide, and a 4 generation pedigree.

2. Rats will be adopted in same-sex pairs (or groups) only unless you already have rats at home.

3. You must be 18 or older or have a parent/guardian present to sign the adoption agreement.

4. If you ever cannot keep your rat(s) for any reason, I require that they be returned to me. I don't ever want to have my rats end up in rescue, pet stores, or worse! I am willing to travel to pick them up if needed, and will find them a loving home.

5. If your rat has ANY health problems throughout its lifetime, please let me know so I can keep track of any issues within my lines. This is very important!

6. Adopters will be placed on my waiting list on a first come, first served basis. Normally there is a wait of at least a month or two; possibly longer if you are looking for a particular variety.

7. After being placed on my waiting list, please let me know if you are unable to adopt for whatever reason. This will keep me from having to wait for a reply that may never come.

8. Be sure to read over my FAQ page before deciding to adopt! I also provide links to other reference material. Learn all you can before adopting!

9. Available rats under 6 weeks old will be listed on their litter's page. After they are 6 weeks old they will be moved to the Available Rats page.

10. I generally do not adopt to other breeders. The only exceptions are if the breeder is already established, with pedigreed lines OR if it is someone that I've developed a long-term working relationship with, and who understands my goals and policies.

11. Don't forget to let me know how your rats are doing once in a while - I love updates and photos!


If you're interested in adopting, send me an e-mail with the following information:

Name:
Phone number:
Email address:
Age (if under 18):
Location (City, State):
Do you currently own rats? If so, what sexes? Are any spayed/neutered?
Do you breed your rats, or plan to in the future?
Do (or will) your rats receive vet care when needed?
What sexes of rats are you interested in?
How many would you like to adopt?
Are you interested in a particular litter or variety?
What kind of housing will you provide for your rats? Please include dimensions.
What kind of bedding will you use?
What kind of foods will you provide for your rat?
If you rent your home, do you have your landlord's permission to own rats?