The goal of the Pittsburgh Rat Lovers Club and Rescue is to promote the well being of rats through education, rescue, and adoption.

We are based out of Western Pennsylvania, but have members around the globe. We have two websites that we use to help spread information. This is our official website that contains a lot of great educational resources including the 
group's informational handout.

You can also find additional links to some great educational sites, suppliers, and fun activities.
We can also be found within Google Groups at Here you can use your Google Account to log into and participate in our active message boards. All you need is a verified Google account to apply for membership.

For additional info on how to become a member please read out member guidelines.

Have a question? Email the club's managers at


This month Jan at Rat Attack Team will be donating 20% of her profits on the beautiful hammocks & cage accessories that she makes & sells herself. Go to to view & purchase beautiful designer bedding & cage accessories for your small animals. Jan in addition to donating 20% of her sales to us provides all the rats at Rat Nation Shelter all the hammocks we use at the shelter. Without her we wouldn't have hammocks for our rescue rats from PRLC!



If you see abuse in a pet store or other site, do not react at all, just walk right past the offending cage or tank. Stroll around, pick up some inexpensive pet supplies for fish, or for some other unrelated species. Spend a few minutes looking at the fish or some other species. Keep an eye on the store employees, and when they are busy elsewhere in the store, stroll back to the tank or cage and quickly take some photos of the animals and cage or tank with your cell phone. 

Be observant and remember how many cages or tanks, the approximate size, about how many animals in each, what the issues are (filthy conditions, too many animals in the tank or cage, injured, sick or dead animals in the tank or cage, no water or food readily available ….

Then, casually stroll back to the check out counter and purchase the small items you picked up, as a cover. Do not react, nor say anything to anybody.

Then, alert us immediately. Send the photos, and all the details that you observed, and we will get the humane officers on the case immediately.


Since last posting our warning about the Sendai virus being confirmed everywhere in the US we have been in contact with people who recently informed us of illness in their rats that are showing all the clinical symptoms of Sendai.

Click Here to have more information about the sendai virus (symptoms, quarantine, advice...)

    Help us spread the word : "Foster home needed"

We are looking for committed volunteers to serve as foster home to rats. To help us, print the poster and ask your veterinary, shelter or any place pet related if you can hang our poster. Thank you !

If you want to be foster home : PRLC provides food, cage and veterinary care, you provide the attention and affection these 
rescues need while they are waiting for their forever homes. If you have room in your heart and home to foster rats, email us at : 

     PRLC adoptable Rat photo of the week 

All are sisters & born around April 17, 2015
- Dumbo eared black hooded girl
- Black berkshire w white belly, standard eared

Contact : or

Long Evans lab rats for adoptionwe only have 2 females left ! from Washington and Jefferson College. 5 to 6 months old, will need socialized as they were not handled much. 9 males and 6 females left.  

The Long Evans Lab Rats from W & J University are now all located in foster homes of the Pittsburgh Rat Lovers Club & Rescue members & managers.

We will only be adopting these remaining black hooded lab rats out locally here in the Pittsburgh area & surrounding Pittsburgh area.
The lab rats are available for adoption in pairs of 2, 3, 4 or 5 rats per group pending a home visit for cage setup & additional rat care & knowledge information meet from one of our managers.
We do ask for a $10.00 each adoption donation fee per rat.

About Long Evans rats :

  • Long life span
  • Very resistant to Mycoplasma
  • Very intelligent
  • Superior eyesight
Coat Color : White with black hood
Please contact for more information. 

Click here to see all the rats available for adoption.


Rat Attack Team
Designer cage accessories/hammocks for small animals

Animal Nature
A regular PRLC foster spot, selling only the best in safe and healthy pet supplies!

Allegro Hearth Bakery
Support the shelter of PRLC : Rat Nation with weekly bread donations.

2034 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Click here to see all partners

    How to help us ?

Our association is taking care every day  more than 200 rats. And we have regularly new rats abandoned, or rescued that we take in here at PRLC.

Each donations help us to buy food, pay the veterinarian care, buy new materials and make sure they live in very good conditions.
If you want to make a donation
through Pay Pal please use

You can also help us by being a foster home.
For more information please contact :

Thank you !
     Fundraising Calendar


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