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, combine resources and share contacts, and founded Mainely Rat Rescue.

Mainely Rat Rescue’s mission is to rehabilitate and find homes for surrendered or abandoned domestic rats, as well as to spread awareness, education and support for this often misunderstood animal. Rats in our custody reside in foster homes throughout New England and New York.  While in foster care, rats are 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.


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


We are also now selling MRR t-shirts and hoodies through teespring. There are several adorable designs and a large portion of sales go to MRR.


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

Shop Amazon Smiles and select MRR as your charity; we will receive a donation each time you shop

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


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CLICK HERE to read  stories from adopters and friends!

“Tonka” adopted January 2008