Welcome to Mainely Rat Rescue!

Mainely Rat Rescue (MRR) is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2007 by four women who saw a need to save unwanted and often misunderstood, domestic pet rats. Having worked and or volunteered for animal shelters and other rescues, they had been using their available resources individually and were re-homing abandoned pocket pets. They decided to rally together, combining resources and sharing contacts, and are now the proud founders of Mainely Rat Rescue.

Mainely Rat Rescue’s mission is to rehabilitate and find homes for surrendered or abandoned domestic rats, as well as spreading awareness, education and support for this often misunderstood animal. Rats in our custody reside in foster homes throughout New England (ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, VT), New York, and New Jersey.  While in foster care rats will be socialized with people and other rats, giving them the skills they need to make great companions. Proper food, housing and health care are provided to all rats until they find their forever home.

Mainely Rat Rescue also operates an online store,  The Rat Roost, which offer high-quality rat food, bedding, toys, and other unique items necessary for proper rat care.

Mainely Rat Rescue does not receive funding from the state or any government agencies. All donations are greatly appreciated, and are tax deductible.


August is our 10 year anniversary, look for ways to help us celebrate this momentous occasion…

Order a limited edition “Always in My Heart” t-shirt, hoodie, or mug to celebrate your love of rats. Available only in the month of August. A portion of all sales goes to MRR.


Donations of ANY amount are greatly appreciated to help the rescue with food and vet costs.

CLICK HERE to view more news, updates, and upcoming events!

(Updated August 1, 2017)



When you shop at Small Pet Select for hay use code MERR15 and MRR gets 15% of your purchase!

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CLICK HERE to read  stories from adopters and friends!

“Tonka” adopted January 2008