Welcome to Mainely Rat Rescue!

Mainely Rat Rescue (MRR) is a 501(c)(3) non profit 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. 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.

Future plans for MRR include one day having a shelter to house animals until they find their forever homes. We would also like to open a thrift shop to help support our rescue.

Mainely Rat Rescue is an all volunteer organization and does not receive funding from the state or any government agencies. MRR relies solely on donations and the revenue generated from our online store  The Rat Roost and the MRR Food Store to support the animals in our care. All donations are tax deductible and  greatly appreciated.

We now have an Amazon wish list for anyone wishing to help!




Yes, we are still here, and we still have little critters for adoption!

However, throughout October we were having problems with our “adopt” email address.  If you sent an inquiry and received no response, PLEASE try again!




Donates products to rescues!  They have designs that MRR does not, go check them out!




MRR sells Harlan Teklad food to help support the rescue!

Please stop by our Food Store before you leave.


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MRR in the news AGAIN! Check us out in the…


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(Updated November 17, 2014)


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CLICK HERE to read  stories from adopters and friends!

“Tonka” adopted January 2008

Read our previous Featured Stories HERE!