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Rat Retreat Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Rat Retreat’s mission is to champion the rights of rats across the world through education, outreach, adoption, health research, and hospice. We seek to eliminate abuse and improper breeding; to assist with educated adoptions; to reduce disease leading to early death; to educate consumers and pet stores about proper handling and maintenance; and, to provide companionship and on-going care for abandoned and sick rats.

Target demographics: neglected, abandoned and unwanted domestic rats

Geographic areas served: Boise

Programs: ongoing care including veterinary treatment; spaying and neutering; fostering and adoption; education and awareness raising.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a board member for The Rat Retreat last year and have had an amazing time. I don't live in Idaho, but have been able to drive to TRR to volunteer twice now. Dawn takes such good care of the rats. You can tell how happy they all are. They all have lots of toys, yummy food and great medical care. I would highly recommend volunteering or donating to The Rat Retreat.

1 Dian R.


Rating: 5

My 13 year old daughter was required to do eight hours volunteer work through her middle school and although neither of us had any experience with rats, my daughter chose The Rat Retreat. The eight required hours have long passed and we are still showing up weekly to clean cages and help give meds. The work being done at The Rat Retreat with little to no funds is phenomenal. My daughter and I have grown attached to the rats, each one having its own fun and unique personalities.

1 Beeg M.

Board Member

Rating: 4

Hello! I am the Chairwoman for The Rat Retreat. Most rats at The Rat Retreat, Inc. are long term and have been at The Rat Retreat for a long time. We have rats from other rescues that are from hoarding issues, rats that have been rescued from dumpsters, because the owner no longer wanted them, rats from the Humane Society that have many medical issues, such as cysts, tumors, respiratory problems with secondary infections. Many need several antibiotics and emergency care. The Rat Retreat is a hospital, rehab, hospice and forever home to many. We love and care for our rats like family, we adore them and each other at The Rat Retreat!