**PLEASE NOTE**: In almost all cases, all the information we have on a rat is contained in their Petfinder profile. We cannot discuss a specific animal in more detail with you until we have an approved adoption application from you. Once you have been approved, you will be able to adopt any available rat we have, at any time in the future (unless your rental situation changes in which case the application would need to be updated). The location in which a rat is listed is where they are being foster-homed. This does not mean you must pick the rat up from that location, foster parents usually bring their rats to our main foster home in Northeast Philadelphia once the adoption has been approved. Please note also that we are not a shelter with a facility that is open to the public: we are a network of private homes acting as foster homes. Therefore we do not have visiting hours as if we were a shelter. Instead, we allow visitation of our rats by appointment only.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
**PLEASE NOTE! WE NORMALLY DO NOT ADOPT TO ANYONE LIVING MORE THAN 50 MILES FROM PHILADELPHIA, PA (UNLESS WE KNOW YOU WELL), DUE TO THE DIFFICULTY IN DOING A PRE-ADOPTION HOME VISIT IF WE NEED TO, OR RETRIEVING THE RATS IF THE ADOPTION DOESN'T WORK OUT.**
**WE ALSO DO NOT ADOPT TO MINORS IN MOST CASES**
Please copy this application into an email, fill it out completely, and email it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org:
PHILLY RAT RESCUE ADOPTION APPLICATION
I AM APPLYING FOR:
Name of rat(s) being applied for: _____________________ (if you came to us through an Adopt A Pet or Petfinder listing, PLEASE ALSO GIVE SECOND CHOICE in case the first was already recently adopted)
Description of rat(s): ______________________________________________________________
Gender and Age(s) of Rat(s): _______________________________________________________
If you have no specific rat(s) in mind to adopt, what type/age of rat (s) would you like, if it matters? Or would you be willing to adopt a rat/ rats in most need?
Full Name:_______________________________________ Age:________
City:_______________________________________ State: __ ZIP: __________
Are you a college student? ________ If so, will you take these rats home with you when school ends, either on break or when you graduate? ______
Are you in the military? Do you anticipate having to relocate overseas anytime in the next 2 years for any reason: military, college, etc? ________
Phone: (H) ________________________ (C) ________________________
FACEBOOK Page Email: (this is so our adoption coordinator can add you to our private PRR adopter's discussion group on Facebook once you’ve been approved, and you can participate in the group to ask care questions, etc): ____________________
EMPLOYER (Name and phone):______________________________________________
PLEASE GIVE TWO PERSONAL REFERENCES OF PEOPLE WHO KNOW YOU WELL (Name, Address and Phone):1.______________________________________________________________________________
What is your reason for wanting to adopt pet rats specifically?
If you do not have children, do you plan to have them in the coming year or two?_______________________
Do you live in a (circle/underline one): House Apartment
Do you (circle/underline one) Own Rent
REQUIRED: If you rent, please submit a copy of the page of your lease which states that PETS ARE ALLOWED. If you cannot find the lease, please give us the name and number of your landlord: ______________________________________
If you move in the future, what will you do with your rat(s)?
Are all members of your household aware of your plans to adopt a rat(s) (circle/underline one)? YES NO
# of adults: _____ # and ages of children_______________________
Who will be responsible for the rat(s)?________________________
What are the dimensions of the cage that will be used to house the rat(s)? _____x_____x_____. Is the cage metal, plastic or glass? (Please also email us along with this app, a picture of the cage to be used.)
Rats need plenty of hiding places in their cage and hammocks and toys are very good as well.
Rats also need lots of supervised outside of the cage playtime with you every day.
Are you prepared to provide the rat(s) with hiding places, hammocks, toys and outside of the cage playtime every day? (Circle/underline one) YES NO
What do you plan to feed your rat (please be specific on rat food brands)?
What bedding or litter do you plan to use in the cage?
What will you do with your rat(s) when you go on vacation?
Does anyone in the family have allergies to animals?__________
Have you ever deliberately bred rats before, and for what purpose?
Have you or anyone in your household ever been convicted of animal abuse, neglect or cruelty? (Circle one) YES NO
Do you or anyone in your household own a snake or reptile? ___________________
Do you or anyone in your household own dogs? If so, what breeds? _________________________________________
When rats become ill, they can require costly veterinary care. Are you willing and financially able to provide your rats with the care they may need? (Circle/underline one) YES NO
If your rats became seriously ill and were suffering terribly, what would you do?______________________________________
Does anyone in the household smoke? (Circle/underline one) YES NO
Please provide contact information for a veterinarian that has your records on file:
Name of Veterinarian: ________________________________________
Phone Number: ________________________________ (REQUIRED)
(NOTE: If you do not give/have a veterinarian reference we cannot adopt to you. However, if you have never owned a pet before, we will need a reference from a similar source as a veterinarian, such as an animal rescue you may have volunteered for.) **If the veterinary records are listed under another name, please note that information here as well!**
Please list all of the animals by name which have been part of your family during the last 10 years (if you need more room, please continue the list on the back or in another email. Please include reptiles and birds as well as mammals.
Indicate the status of each using the codes below:
0=Still with me 1= Died 2= Placed in another home ]
3= Lost/ran away 4= Stolen 5= Turned into shelter
6= Euthanized 7= Sold
Pet’s Name Species/Breed Gender Neutered? Status
1 _________________________ _____________________________ M F Y N ___
2 _________________________ _____________________________ M F Y N ___
3 _________________________ _____________________________ M F Y N ___
4 _________________________ _____________________________ M F Y N ___
5 _________________________ _____________________________ M F Y N ___
(if you need more room please continue on the back of the form)
(Unless otherwise noted, there is an adoption donation of $15 for the first rat and $10 for each additional rat being adopted at the same time. In the cases of older rats that are bonded to each other and must be adopted as a group, we do not charge an adoption fee after the third rat being adopted at the same time, if you will adopt them to keep them together as a family!
The adoption donation is normally to be given to the foster parent you pick up your rats from, to help reimburse them for their fostering expenses.) **Please note also that if you would like your new rats to be spayed or neutered, we can arrange that via several area vets we work with (in both PA and NJ) whose rates for spaying/neutering are very reasonable!** (Note that if the rat you are adopting was already spayed/neutered when we received them, the adoption donation is the same as if they were not already spayed/neutered.)
I hereby certify that all information supplied by me on this application is true.
Signature:_________________________________ Date: _________________
When completed, please email this form to email@example.com
PHILLY RAT RESCUE/P. O. BOX 45662/PHILADELPHIA, PA 19149-5662/(856)357-6603
http://www.phillyratrescue.com firstname.lastname@example.org (General Info email only)
We are an all-volunteer organization