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Central Texas Rat Rescue

Pflugerville, TX

Adoption Policy

A little about CTRR... (PLEASE READ THIS FIRST!)

***First and foremost, I will ALWAYS take back any rats adopted from CTRR at any time, for any reason. If you cannot keep rats adopted from CTRR PLEASE contact me ASAP.***

Hello! I’m Kaia, and I run Central Texas Rat Rescue, a small, volunteer-run rescue in Pflugerville, TX dedicated to the rescue of domesticated rats and quality adoption services. Please note I am unable to help with wildlife. If you have found orphaned, sick, or injured wild rats, please contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Austin Wildlife Rescue may be able to help, also try the TPWD website that lists wildlife rehabilitators by county - I also do not take in any other types of pets other than domestic (pet) rats.

Please be courteous when requesting information or assistance; this is a volunteer run, self-funded organization. I do not operate a store front, office, or shelter building - the rats are sheltered in my personal home at my expense, thus appointments to adopt or surrender are determined via my availability for each week. The best way to reach me is via email (, NOT via Facebook messages or comments. There may occasionally be times when it can take me awhile to get back to you. I work full time outside of the rescue (regularly 10-12 hour shifts) and have other obligations and commitments. If you do not receive a reply within a week, please contact me again. Technology can and does fail sometimes! PLEASE also check your spam folders!!!

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If interested in adopting, be aware this is not typically a same-day service. The first step is to fill out the adoption application ( Incomplete applications WILL NOT receive a response; that includes not sending a cage pic as requested. CTRR requires a donation per rat instead of an adoption fee ($50/neutered male, $75/spayed female); we try to spay/neuter most rats before adoption, but we may adopt out unaltered rats (in which case the donation is $15 per rat). Rats are required to be adopted in pairs unless joining other rats. This fee may seem high compared to a pet store, but please keep in mind all rats are vet checked, provided all necessary veterinary care (including deworming and parasite treatment/preventative), and most are spayed or neutered for a fraction of the typical cost. Spaying and neutering rats has huge health and behavioral benefits and makes them much healthier, happier pets, and this fee does not even cover the costs of the procedures, let alone the other costs incurred running a rescue.

If you cannot keep your rat(s) that were adopted from CTRR, you MUST return them to the rescue (I will ALWAYS take back any rats adopted from CTRR). In most cases, the adoption fee will be refunded.
If you need to rehome/surrender your pet rats, DO NOT release them outside as they will not survive. It is illegal and considered an act of animal cruelty to abandon domesticated animals. Please fill out the surrender request form here ( to ask for assistance. Please be aware there is a small surrender fee which may be negotiable/waived depending on the circumstances. I take in owner surrenders as space, funds, and other resources permit. There is no guarantee I will be able to take in your rats, but I may be able to offer alternatives and suggestions. I recommend also posting about your rats on the Rat Association of Texas Facebook group, Texas Rat Adoptions, the Official Rat Network, No Rat Left Behind, and the Rat Rescue & Transport Facebook group to see if anyone else can assist. I may be able to post a courtesy listing for you as well if you send pictures and descriptions but you will be responsible for screening homes in most cases.

A huge thanks to the wonderful veterinarians at North Austin Animal Hospital, White Rock Vet Hospital, Whitestone Animal Hospital, and Westgate Pet & Bird Hospital! CTRR couldn't exist without these amazing people and their staff.

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