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 http://groups.google.com/group/pittsburgh-rat-lovers-club. 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 Managers@pittsburghratloversclub.org
PRLC adoptable Rat photo of the week
Attention PRLC members! We still have lab rats for adoption, 3 to 4 months old, handled regularly during psychology classes.
Long Evans rats are bred for intelligence, long life span and resistance to Mycoplasma.
Click here to see all the rats available for adoption.
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 :
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