How to adopt

How to adopt from NZRR

1. View rat profiles online.

View some of the rats available for adoption on this website or on our Facebook page. Not every rat is on the website as it depends on how long they have been at the rescue for – some rats are adopted very quickly. We don’t often have baby rats available, as this is only when pregnant females are surrendered to us, but when we do you’ll see them up on the website.
View Rats for Adoption

2. Talk to your local foster coordinator

If you see a rat or two you might like to adopt, send an email to This will be sent to the right foster coordinator in your area, who can discuss things further with you so you can be matched with the right companions. We know it can be hard to wait, but please be patient for people to be in touch – some of our volunteers lead very busy lives!
Helpful information to include about yourselves is: Do you currently have any rats, or have you owned rats in the past? What sort of cage do you have? Where do you plan on keeping the rats, and who will be handling them?

3. Visit the rats in person

After talking to your local foster coordinator, you should be able to organise a time to come and meet the furballs you have your eye on. This lets you interact with them and make sure you’re a good match for each other.

4. Introduce your fur family (companion adoptions only)

If you are adopting a solo rat to become a companion to your existing rat, you’ll want to bring him/her along to meet their new potential friend. Some rats intro very easily, and some just don’t get along. Your experienced foster coordinator will know whether they will make a good match or not, and can advise you appropriately.

5. Fill out the paperwork

Once your ready, it’s time to offically adopt! We have a standard adoption form you can view and complete in advance, or fill one out on your visit.
NZRR Adoption Form

6. Bring your new friend(s) home.

The best time is when you can bring your new pets home. Remember to make sure you have a suitable cage, food, and snuggly places for your rats to hang out in first. Give them some time to explore their new environment and get settled in before getting them out for a play – in no time at all they’ll be hanging off the bars waiting for you to come and pick them up.

What does it cost to adopt?