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    Rescue Fund

    The North of England Rat Society Rescue Fund is unfortunately no longer available.
    It was the result of fundraising by and on behalf of NERS members to support rat rescue within the UK. The aims of the Rescue Fund were:

    • 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.

    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 could 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 could apply to the fund (you did 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 were considered so long as they were specifically to help rescue rats, are UK based and some form of invoice or receipt could 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.

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