Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

 -Anatole France

Our Mission
Best Friend Rodent Rescue is a no kill, 501 (C) (3) non-profit animal shelter and rescue dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding homes for neglected and abandoned small animals, primarily domestic rats, from other shelters and owners who can no longer care for them.  By working with committed volunteers, foster homes and local veterinarians, we are able to rescue hundreds of small animals every year, provide them with loving temporary care, and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes.

We also serve as a resource to our community and all domesticated rat owners by providing education, information on responsible pet ownership including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, and good nutrition for this often misunderstood and underappreciated animal.

Our Tail

Saving the World One Rat at a Time!

Best Friend Rodent Rescue was founded by Joanne Gemmer and is still mostly based out of her home. Please be aware that we are an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501 (C)(3) rescue and shelter. While we have an amazing group of Directors, Volunteers and Supporters, unfortunately most of us have jobs, lives and families away from the rescue which makes it extremely difficult for us to respond immediately.

Please know that we will get back to you within about 72 hours at the most. If you are interested in adopting and you do not hear back from someone within 72 hours, please try contacting us again.​​