Adoption

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!

Please note: 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.

The basic adoption process is as follows:
Everyone must fill out an application, which will be reviewed, and adopters contacted with any follow-up questions. When applications are approved, adopters will be notified and placed on the list for upcoming babies. As babies become available for selection, adopters will be notified to reserve. Reservations are handled first-come, first-served. I reserve first choice to select any holdbacks for future breeders, then other breeders that I may be working with. I will contact adopters in order of application to select. Each adopter will be given 24 hours to respond before I move on to the next person on the list. Once babies are selected and marked as reserved, pickup will be scheduled. At this time I am doing porch pickup; I will meet you outside with your babies at the designated time so we can go over the adoption paperwork and you can take your babies home! I will email you a copy of the Adoption Agreement and Liability Waiver at time of selection so you have time to read it over in advance. I will have a printed copy filled out for signing at pickup. Adopters are required to bring a secure carrier to transport their babies home. I am able to provide a reusable transport bin for $15 if needed. I do not ship/transport rats at this time
, so all rats must be picked up by adopters. 

Policies

  • 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 5 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).

  • A 50% deposit may be 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. This means I do not allow visitors.

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Buckeye, AZ 85326