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Rescue Fund

The North of England Rat Society Rescue Fund is the result of fundraising by and on behalf of NERS members to support rat rescue within the UK. The aims of the Rescue Fund are:

  • To support responsible rat rescue in the UK.
  • To encourage the best possible standards of care for rats whilst in rescue organisations (especially those not dedicated to rat rescue).
  • To promote appropriate interventions (for example castration) that will enable a rat to be homed quickly and with company.

We focus on providing assistance to people who would not identify themselves as running dedicated “rat rescues” and where appropriate, provide support to rescue organisations. Applications can be made to access the fund by any individual or rescue organisation. This applies to rescues that are not dedicated solely to rats, but the equipment/medication/treatment requested must be specifically for rats. Where equipment/food/bedding is requested this will generally be purchased by the society and presented to the rescue. Where claims relate to veterinary treatments an invoice or receipt from the practice will be required.

The fund is a limited resource and applications will be considered as fairly as possible to benefit the maximum number of rats.

If you have been successful in your application, please submit a photo of the rat(s) in question to the webmaster, ideally together with a brief summary of how the money from the Rescue Fund helped you and your rat(s). This will be reproduced in Rattitude and/or on the website to help spread the word about the fund and make it possible for us to help more rats.

How to apply

To apply to the NERS Rescue Fund, please ensure you read the guidelines here and then follow the link to the online form. If you have any questions, please contact our Rescue Fund administrator.

How to donate

Funds are raised via the NERS shows, personal donations, donations made when homing rescued kittens and other specific fundraising events. NERS members and friends have been extremely generous in supporting the fund which in turn has been able to help many rats around the UK by funding castrations, lumpectomies, medical treatment and other costs. Individuals who use the Rescue Fund are always encouraged to become involved in fundraising in some way, even if only by asking for a donation to the fund when rehoming the rats who have been helped.

Donations of money or equipment to the Rescue Fund are always greatly appreciated and will be listed in Rattitude. Donations can be made via PayPal or a credit/debit card by clicking the 'Donate' button below (you will be redirected to the secure PayPal payment site):

Please mark your payment clearly with your name to prevent donations going unacknowledged.

More information about the Rescue Fund

The NERS Rescue Fund began as a fundraising venture for specific rat rescues in the north of England, but quickly evolved into a general fund that is available to anyone in the UK to apply to, to support the work of rat rescue. This can be individuals involved in rescue or fostering rescue rats, or individuals on behalf of their local animal shelter or rescue - so long as the money is specifically used for rat-related work. To date, most of the money has been used to pay for medical/surgical interventions for rats rescued and then rehomed by individuals around the UK. This is extremely positive, as this prevents these rats from ending up in rescue institutions and allows them to be cared for in the home, with the extra interaction and attention that is then possible. Many of these rats have been solitary adult bucks, written off as 'aggressive' or 'hates other rats' who, once castrated, have all successfully been integrated into new homes with new rattie friends.

Anyone can apply to the fund (you do not need to be a NERS member) to ask for money to buy equipment for rat rescue to donate to a local rescue centre, pay for specific veterinary treatment for rescue rats or even buy food or bedding for a specific rescue situation. All applications will be considered so long as they are specifically to help rescue rats, are UK based and some form of invoice or receipt can be supplied. The rats involved must also (generally) be in rescue/foster care and not in a permanent home, although all exceptional circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applications are submitted to the NERS committee for discussion and approval. To date the majority of applications have been successful, though the funding offered for some surgical interventions has been capped. This enables the fund to be used fairly and as widely as possible, which allows us to help the maximum number of rats. The NERS does not wish to encourage people to take on rescue rats when they do not have the resources to do so. For this reason, all payments are made retrospectively on the production of a receipt.

Supporting the Rescue Fund through donations and fundraising is one way to help the cause of rat rescue in the UK without actively taking in and rehoming rats. Donations of rattie equipment are always appreciated as these can be directly passed on to rescues or auctioned to raise funds.

Where the fund has been used to help a specific rat we ask that their story can be included in the society magazine, in order to keep our membership informed as to where the money raised has been used. Some of these stories are also available to read here.

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