at The Rat Sanctuary


As a salute to our beloved Ouzle, our first Striped Roan, we choose to identify the rats we breed by putting 'Ouzle' in front of their names. 


We are a member of the NFRS, and the Rattery name Ouzle's is Registered and on the NFRS Breeder's List.

























Welcome to OUZLES at The Rat Sanctuary!

Rats are misunderstood.

I think they need A NEW NAME.

If people could get past the word 

RAT it would be so much easier.

Please read our "Breeding Ethics" page in full.
Here are some excepts that you need to know about adopting: 
  • We will never supply a single rat to be kept on its own as this is psychologically damaging to them and tantamount to cruelty.

  • We only offer up our kittens in same-sex pairs/trios, etc, as it is vital to a rat child's development that they grow up with at least one friend of the same age.

  • We consider it a welfare issue that rats be housed in groups of 3 or more rather than in pairs. For this reason, if they are not going to share a cage with other rats, we do not supply pairs of rat kittens, only trios.

    • Rats are highly sociable animals who thrive in a group environment and for whom a pair sitution is highly unnatural.

    • Groups of three or more give rise to smoother cage relationships as the social burden is shared rather than placed entirely on the other rat. 

    • The only time I have ever seen bored looking rats is when they are living as just one of a pair. 

    • Being part of a small group mitigates against death by heart-break; when one of a pair 'passes on' the survivor is always extremely miserable and can be tetchy and difficult to deal with. And it is not unknown for the other to die a 'sympathetic' death shortly after. When they live as part of a group that doesn't happen. This is especially important with male rats.

  • If you have an older rat that needs a new companion following the death of its cage-mate we may be able to help you as we occasionally have a few teenage or young-adult rats available who would be ideal for this - but it will be at our discretion and we reserve the right to say "no, sorry".

  • Our rats are sold as pets only. Please do not breed your rats as it is harder than you think to find loving homes for them.
    If you are discovered to be breeding them without permission your ownership of them - and all offspring - is declared LEGALLY VOID and they will be reclaimed and subsequently rehomed by us. And DAMAGES and REPARATION will be sought.

  • Our own bred kittens are £15 each.

  • Rehome and Rescue rats (incl. Rescue offspring) range from £5 to £7.50 each and all funds received go straight back into rat care.


  • We will never sell any of our animals to homes where other rats are used for snake-food. Please don’t offend us by asking to adopt from us.

  • We reserve the right to refuse to rehome our rats if they are going to be kept in any cage or environment we feel is unsuitable.

  • We reserve the right to refuse to rehome our rats to a place or person we feel is unsuitable without stating any reason.


 All of our rats are health checked before leaving our care to go to new homes. 
We are happy to advise on all things rat related and provide a lifetime's support to both you and your ratties. 

We welcome the full spectrum of ratty people; everything and everyone between experienced owners and those brand new to the rat world. 

We do ask that, if, for any reason your circumstances change and you can't keep your rats any more, you please bring them back to us as we consider them our children.






If you'd like to apply to adopt some of our ratties or go on our Waiting List: