1) First check that the rats meet our rehoming criteria:
Please note that the following categories of rats are not permitted to be advertised:
Animals which have been purposely bred by their owner.
Rats of any age which are for sale (though a donation may be made towards rat rescue).
Rats which have been bought in order to be rehomed - whether from pet shops, auctions, adtrader or private sale. These are not considered rescues and may not be advertised on the forum, regardless of the conditions in which they were kept.*
(*Paying money for these animals only supports those who breed and trade them, and cannot be condoned. Where such rats are obtained for free, i.e. no money has changed hands, they may be considered rescues. We do not expect members to buy rats and then try to rehome them here.)
The following categories of rats are not generally permitted to be advertised, but will be considered on a case by case basis:
Kittens that are the result of an accidental mating.
Kittens that result from missexing by petshops or the purchase of pregnant does from a pet shop.
Unwanted breeding animals of any age unless the breeder has ceased breeding.
For these groups of rats we would encourage members to contact Fancy Rats Rehoming with a completed rehoming template which will then be reviewed.
Fancy Rats does not support the trade of rats via petshops. Therefore advertising of any rat on behalf of any organisation that sources its 'stock' from rodent farms or breeders that breed intensively and for profit and sells on the rats is not allowed.
Third parties may submit details of rats found on other websites that need rehoming, only if you give the advertiser the opportunity to post here themselves (ie. send them a link and helpful advice) first, or if they give permission to an established Fancy Rats member to act as a contact. This removes any legal issues with regards to telephone numbers being reproduced without permission, and enables you to provide potential adopters with more information before expressing an interest in the rats.
2) Please submit your post using a completed copy of this template (deleting the instructional text), and include recent photos if you have some. The title must include location, and the number, age, and sex of the rats (use 'multiple' if there are too many!). It will normally be approved within 24 - 48 hours, or you will be contacted if any matters need to be cleared up.
Original source of rats Pet shop/rescue/breeder/private rehome.
(If from a rescue or breeder please send a PM to Fancy Rats Rehoming detailing which one and whether you have obtained permission from them to rehome the rats here.)
Contact details: include a FR username PM contact. An email address may also be added. If you wish to add your own phone number though, please bear in mind that this will be in the public domain (do not give anybody else's personal phone number).
Rescue organisation: (if appropriate). Phone numbers of organisations may be included.
Location: (must include village/town/city and county)
Number of groups of rats:
(repeat the following for each group)
Number of rats in group:
Reason for rehoming:
Will the group be split (only relevant for groups of 4 and over):
3) Please add updates regularly so that the thread is clearly active. If you would like help in assessing any offers of a home, there is guidance in the articles here.
4) Once the rats have found their new home, please submit a reply to close the thread.
For helping rats to safety in new permanent homes, foster homes, or for other rescue related situations. Please use the relevant template, threads will need approval.
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