About RTRC

Adoption Fees

All our Rescued Rat Terriers are Spayed or Neutered, Microchipped, Heartworm Tested and Up to Date on Shots. Our adoption Fee is $375 for adults, $300 for dogs age 10 and up, and $450 for puppies under 12 months. We are run only by volunteers and receive no funding. Adoption fees do not cover our costs incurred for each rescued dog. We rely on kind donations, fundraising and adoption fees to cover the costs for rescue, rehabilitation and placement of our rescued Rat Terriers. We are a non-profit Canadian charitable organization and all funds are used solely for rescue, rehabilitation and placement of our rescued Rat Terriers. Registered Canadian Charity No. 80288 7620 RR0001

Please Donate to Help a Rat Terrier in Need

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RTRC Activities

Do you like us on Facebook? It's an easy way to stay in touch with RTRC and learn how you can help our rescued dogs. Post pictures, videos and stories about pets you've adopted from Rat Terrier Rescue Canada, network with RTRC fosterhomes and volunteers, adoptive families and prospective adopters! Go to RTRC on Facebook:

Click here to Join Rat Terrier Rescue Canada on Facebook


Animal Aid Foundation

RTRC is thrilled to announce that our organization is the recipient of a generous grant from the Animal Aid Foundation. The grant will fund any spay or neuters that are undertaken on the dogs RTRC rescues in 2015.

The Animal Aid Foundation was established to address the issue of animal over-population and homeless pets. The Foundation achieves its mission by funding spay/neuter, veterinary medical care, adoption and public education programs. Animal Aid does not have paid staff and does not receive government funding. It raises money by fundraising and it relies on volunteer contributions, public donations, and corporate support.

Somebody Out There is Looking for Love

Rat Terrier Rescue Canada Inc. is a charitable non-profit, volunteer organization that rescues and fosters Rat Terriers in private homes. We are dedicated to the welfare of Rat Terriers, it is our purpose to find new, permanent and loving homes for Rat Terriers that have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

Rat Terriers are a small, active and likeable breed that is growing in popularity Canada. Our rescued Rat Terriers are originally from puppy mills, pounds, shelters, or unwanted owner surrenders. They are placed in foster homes for assessment, for vetting and to get them ready for their adoptive families.

All Rat Terriers coming into rescue are spay/neutered, vaccinated and tested for heartworm. As a non-profit organization, Rat Terrier Rescue Canada operates solely by donations and fundraising and all funds are used only for the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of Rat Terriers in need.


Did you know that a Rattie aged 10 still has several years of love to give? Rat Terriers have a lifespan of 15-20 years! Our adoption fee for dogs 10 and older is $300.


• Older animals will often bond with you more easily, and acclimate more quickly to a new environment than younger pets.

• Many older pets have been house-trained. They know that the out-of-doors is where you pee and poop.

• A mature pet is done developing their personality, and offers you a stable temperament.

• Older pets are generally less rambunctious and destructive, but they still have energy to play and take walks with you.

• Older pets usually already know the basics and require little in the way of obedience training.

• Mature animals make wonderful companions for just about anyone, from families in households ranging from quiet to very active.

• Older pets are truly appreciative of your love and will shower you with affection for the rest of their lives!


With so many reasons to give a mature dog a loving home, how can you not choose one of our adorable older dogs?

Click here to send an adoption application for one of our wonderful mature Rat Terriers!

Responsible pet ownership starts with education. Would you help to educate people about responsible pet ownership? See The Apology Video about the Reality of Pet Ownership. You can help by sending this video to friends and family, with a personal note to express your thoughts on the topic. By doing this, you will help others to understand the reality and the responsibility of owning a pet

How to Adopt

If you see a little one that pulls at your heartstrings, or even if you aren't sure which Rattie is for you and want to find out, please fill in our Application to start the process!


Helping Reagan and Rat Terrier Rescue Canada Reagan is a Rat Terrier that was hit by a car as a pup. His family never had his injuries treated and and left him fend for himself for 9 years in a cold unheated garage. Reagan was rescued by RTRC and with the help of loving fosterhomes, Janice Olynich from PawsAbility, and veterinarian Mike Steen, Reagan now has a chance at living without pain. Thank you for all your donations for Reagan! He is now living a pain free life with a wonderful adoptive family!

The Animal Rescue Site
Help RTRC and Helping Homeless Pets win a $1000 grant! The Animal Rescue Site is hosting a special challenge for eligible Canadian Petfinder.com member shelter and rescue groups to win a $1000 grant. Help us win! All you have to do is vote in The Animal Rescue Site Shelter Challenge for All Breed Canine Rescue, a HHP member group. You can vote once a day, every day, starting January 9th, 2012. Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for us. Click to Vote today!

Belly Bands

Rat Terrier Rescue Canada

Do you have a little boy that sometimes piddles in the house? Or an older boy who dribbles sometimes? Help contribute to our fund for Ratties in need and purchase a belly band for your doggie! 100% of your donation goes directly to rescue and vetting costs for our rescued Ratties. Available three sizes, S, M, L. Sewn in colorful cotton with a sturdy velcro closure.

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