Toy rat terriers are a miniature version of the full-sized rat terrier. This short-haired breed is small of stature but big of heart and is known as a very intelligent breed with lots of natural curiosity. Toy rat terriers love human companionship and thrive on attention and play, often shadowing their owners and actively begging for physical interaction. Originally bred as farm dogs, rat terriers and their toy counterparts can be adopted via numerous local and national organizations that can be found on the world wide web.
Contact Your Local ASPCA
Surf to aspca.org, the website for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.2
Click on "Adoption" in the links bar across the top of the webpage.3
Click on the "Search Our Shelter Database" link in the area beneath the links bar and to the right.4
Enter your zip code into the "Zip/City" field, choose a radius of miles near your home, then click the "Go" button.5
Peruse the ASPCA shelters in your area and call each one and ask if they have toy rat terriers available for adoption. If they do not, see if they can put your name on a list of potential adopters should a toy rat terrier become available.
Contact Toy Rat Terrier Rescue Organizations
Enter "Toy Rat Terrier Rescue" into the search field of any Internet search engine.7
Peruse the list of rat terrier rescue organizations. Two of the most popular are Ratbone Rescues (ratbonerescues.com) and Rat Terrier ResQ (ratterrierresq.com).8
Visit the websites of the rat terrier rescue organizations and locate the "Contact" link that allows you to contact each group. Send them an email asking if they have toy rat terriers available for adoption. If they do not, ask them to take down your name so you can be contacted once a toy rat terrier becomes available.
Find Toy Rat Terriers for Sale on the Internet
Enter "toy rat terriers for sale" into the search field of any Internet search engine.10
Peruse the list of businesses selling toy rat terriers. One of the most popular sites specific to the breed is Tiny Toy Rat Terriers (tinytoyratterriers.com).11
Contact the business or organization via email or phone to check on the availability of toy rat terriers for sale or adoption.