How to Help

Donate to CTRR!

Your much-appreciated donations help us to rescue more rats and provide for their basic care and veterinary costs.

CTRR Wish List!

Rat Basics:

• Rat/ferret cages (powder-coated, small bar spacing preferred, aka Martin's Cages)

• Bathroom rugs from Walmart ($9.99 each)

• Bedding & litter (paper-based, aspen, pelleted - no pine or cedar shavings please)

• Food - CTRR rats eat primarily Oxbow Regal Rat, supplemented with various fresh foods

• Rat/Bird/Cat Toys/Cage Accessories (store bought or homemade)

• Litter pans

• Large Stealth Wheels

• Hammocks of any kind

Cleaning Supplies & Maintenance Needs:

• Trash bags

• Trifectant/Virkon

• Bleach

• Dish Soap

• Paper towels

• Clorox wipes

• Laundry Detergent (preferably dye/perfume free)

Other Supplies Needed:

• Revolution (selamectin)

• Veterinary Fees - for more info on how to pay these directly to our veterinarians, email us

• Gift Cards (Target, Amazon, online, Pet supply stores, etc)


Some of the others ways you can help include:


We are always in need of rodent-less, but rodent-friendly foster homes for quarantine purposes (link to quarantine articles). This involves housing a rat for a minimum of 3 weeks to ensure they are healthy before the animal comes into the main rescue location around other rats. Quarantine homes are extremely important in ensuring all of our rescue animals stay healthy, as there are no vaccines available to protect rats. All supplies are provided as well as any needed veterinary care.

We occasionally have need for longer term fostering for animals that need special care (medical or behavioral) or animals that have been long-term residents and need some extra TLC.

Fundraising – We have one major fundraiser per year (our yearly raffle) but could always use assistance with other fundraising endeavors. Volunteers are always needed to help raise money for the animals. We also welcome your ideas for fundraising campaigns! Experienced in applying for grants? We need you!

Be A Critter Chauffeur – We often need rides for animals who are being adopted, moving to a new foster home or who are in need of a ride to see a vet. Texas is a big state, and we often have willing adopters further away that we can transport on our own. If you drive between two areas regularly, or if you are planning a road trip, please let us know!

Represent Us - We hope to send representatives from CTRR to all sorts of animal events to raise awareness, meet people, and raise money. If you like to go to animal rescue events or pet shows, and would enjoy staffing a table or booth for our rescue we'd really appreciate it!

For more information about any of our volunteer opportunities please contact us.

Come Visit Us!

Please email centraltexasratrescue@gmail.com to schedule an appointment. We do not operate a store front or actual shelter - our rats are in personal homes and thus we do not have "business hours." When sending an email, there may be times when it can take a few days for us to get back to you due to other commitments. Our volunteers work full-time outside of the rescue and have other obligations. If you do not receive a reply within a week, please contact us again as we may not have received your message!

How To...

Adopt From Us

The process to adopt a rat from CTRR

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Volunteer & Donate

How you can help!

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Introduce Your Rats

Making sure old and new rats get along!

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