The first step in the adoption process is to fill out an application. This helps me to understand what you are looking for, and gives me a little more info about the home. My first priority in placing rats is to ensure they go to loving, knowledgeable homes. If you need guidance, please don't hesitate to ask. We all started somewhere, and sharing knowledge benefits everyone!


Once the application is complete and you have been approved as an adopter, I will look at availability. I am not a pet shop so I don't keep rats 'in stock'; this means there is usually a bit of a wait for babies. Selection priority is reserved by me, so that I can select any hold-backs as future breeding prospects. After 4 weeks of age, I will post  photos of babies available for reservation. Pre-approved adopters will need to message me directly to claim the babies they would like to have held for them. These reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations require a 50% non-refundable deposit, but may be transferred to a different baby under some circumstances. Babies are ready to take home at 6 weeks - I will email the adoption agreement and liability waiver in advance for you to read over, and have a hard copy for you to sign at pick-up. I do not ship/transport rats at this time, so all rats must be picked up by adopters. 


  • All adopters must be at least 18 years of age. Rats adopted for minor children must be in parent/guardian's name.

  • Application must be completed and approved prior to adoption

  • Adoption contract and liability waiver must be signed prior to release of animals to new home

  • Babies wean at 5 weeks, and can go to their new homes at 6-7 weeks. Dwarf rats can go home at 12 weeks.

  • Adopters are typically able to select rats at 4 weeks old. Any selections made prior to this time are not guaranteed to be available for adoption.

  • All rats are sold as pet only (non-breeders) unless otherwise agreed in contract.

  • A 50% deposit is required to reserve babies, with the remainder due at or before pickup.

  • Deposits are non-refundable, but in some cases may be transferred towards a different litter.

  • Reserved babies must be picked up within 1 week of availability date, unless prior arrangements have been made.

  • If you are unable to keep your rats for any reason, I will always take them back with no questions asked. Adoption fees are non-refundable except in extreme circumstances, at my discretion

  • All adoption information is strictly confidential, and is only for my records.

  • For bio-security and privacy reasons, I am a closed Rattery.

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Buckeye, AZ 85326