Available for Adoption

The pictures and information posted here are provided as a public service to individuals, shelters and rescue groups across the U.S. requesting assistance and it is the responsibility of those persons/groups to notify ARTR when the animals are adopted so the information can be removed.

We have dogs that need homes in the following states:

For additional rescue organizations, please visit:

  • World Animal Net - The world's largest network of animal protection societies with over 1,500 affiliates in more than 80 countries campaigning to improve the status and welfare of animals.

  • Pet Finder - Search throughout the United States by breed and location.

  • A.D.O.P.T. - A.D.O.P.T. is a not-for-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization serving Naperville and the surrounding area.

  • Adopt-A-Pet - Victoria, Texas - Several Rat Terriers for adoption and other dogs and pups too.

  • Lost and Found - Miami-Dade Animal Care and Control Division

  • Mufeesboro, TENNESEE - Several Rat Terriers and Rat Terrier mixes in this no-kill shelter


Selma, Alabama

Roscoe needs a loving home, he is a neutered male about 11 months old. Roscoe was attacked by another dog and almost killed, then his owner just abandoned him at the veterinary clinic that treated his injuries. They are trying to find him a home now that he has been healed. If you have a place in your heart for a sweet young guy that deserves a permanent, loving home please submit an application to adopt him.

Huntsville, Alabama

Bailee was found in critical condition, on a roadway in Dothan, Al, where she had been abandoned. She is strong and healthy now and very high energy! Bailee has seizures and will require inexpensive medication to control them and ensure that she has a long, happy life. If you are that special person who can give Bailee a permanent caring home please submit an application to adopt her.



Pan and Freckles
Frazier Park/Bakersfield area

PAN and FRECKLES are 2 neutered brothers whose owners have lost their home and cannot keep their beloved boys. These brothers have been together all of their lives. If you can help them please contact Marsha immediately at: (661) 378-3853 They are almost out of time.



Longmont, Colorado

"Hi! My name is Rocket. I'm an eight year old Rat Terrier." I was adopted from Good Samaritan Pet Center about four and a half years ago. I've never been really great with kids and now my mom and dad are having a baby. So that means I've got to find a new home. My former foster mom moved out of state so I can't go back to her house. I'm now at the Longmont Shelter so I really need to find a foster or adoptive home quickly. It would be great if I could find a home with adults (maybe retired folks) who have some time to spend with me.

I've been working with a trainer named Ana Melara and she said she'd continue training work with and my new family as soon as I find one. I'm an active guy, and I'd love to find someone who would enjoy taking me for walks. I get a little cold on the frigid days so a doggie sweater or two would be nice. I've been neutered and am up to date on shots. Please won't you consider helping me? Contact Beth at 303-333-2291 if you can help.

For more information about Rocket contact Nathan or Lindsay.

Phone: 303-386-2517 or 303-885-0773

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Please help us find Christopher; he will be very scared out there.
Christopher is a loved 4 year old tan and white rat terrier. He is very shy and anxious, but will come to you if you call him. He is very loving and just needs a kind person to help him find his family. Please be gentle with him. If you have seen him, please call us. We are out of town and will not be home until the 5th of January, which is making this harder. Christopher was at our home with a family member in our absence and he can be returned to her. He was last seen on 12/29 heading from Canada Dr to Constitution. He was also spotted at the apartments on Constitution across from Canada Dr.




Danbury, Connecticut

Digby has been a well loved pet since he was purchased as a puppy 6 years ago. Unfortunately his family has had 3 small children since then and he no longer fits in with them.

He is a lively terrier with a wonderful personality, but his family doesn't have the time or patience he needs and deserves, anymore.



Max and Maui
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Max and Maui are an 8 and 6 year old father and daughter who need a new home, where they can continue to stay together, because their current owner is moving overseas in the military. They are healthy and up to date on all vaccinations. Max and Maui need a forever home with adults who will love and care for them together.

Miami Lakes, Florida

Minnie is a very cute, happy 6 year old who would like a calm, relaxed home with well behaved children where she will be able to give and get lots of love and attention. She is shy until she gets to know strangers and she does not care for other female dogs. Minnie lost her home due to the allergies of one of the children. She has been spayed and she will be updated on her vaccinations.



Pistol Pete
Marietta, Georgia
Pistol Pete is fully house trained and loves to ride in the car. He does not like other dogs, but he is fine with cats.Pete prefers adults and especially lounging around the house all day and then hanging out with someone to watch some TV. He is a great companion for an older adult or someone that enjoys being around the house. Pete is up to date on vaccines, he is 7 years old and weighs 14 lbs.
Marietta, Georgia
Jude is a 6 year old, American Hairless Rat Terrier whose family can no longer give him a home that meets his needs. Jude is very active and demanding of attention.




Evanston, Illinois

Duncan is a 6 year old Rat Terrier mix who needs a new, loving home with no children and where he is the only dog. He is a happy goofy guy waiting to be somebody's best friend. Duncan is healthy and all of his vaccinations are up to date.




Lafayette, Indiana

DANE is a older, very sweet fellow. He is shy and frightened by small children. He is healthy and happy and just waiting to be some lucky person's companion. He is available from:
Almost Home Humane Society
1705 S. 2nd St.
Lafayette, IN 47905

Lafayette, Indiana

ABNER is a young fellow who is afraid of larger dogs and would probably not do well in a home with another big dog. He would be a good fit with older children and is current on heartworm preventative and all vaccines except rabies. He is available from:
Almost Home Humane Society
1705 S. 2nd St.
Lafayette, IN 47905




Misty and Miley
Marion, Kentucky

These two sweet girls, Misty and Miley, were left at the Crittenden County shelter and they are very scared. Both girls are ready to go now to a permanent home where they would be safe.

Louisville, Kentucky

WENDY is a precious little girl in desperate need of a good home. She was abandoned and later lucky to be rescued by her foster from the pound. Her foster person has given this little 6 month old puppy all of her vaccines, spaying and even puppy classes. She needs a loving, permanent home where she can continue to grow up into a great adult.

Two Cute Rats
Murray, Kentucky

Can anyone help these two cute Rat Terriers quickly? If so, please contact Shari at nickle1960@gmail.com or call Darla (the shelter contact) at 270-759-4141. Very Sweet. Less than 10lbs ea. They are on Petfinder at Murray Calloway County Animal Shelter zip 42071.




Opelousas, Louisiana

JAZZ is a darling, shy little girl who has had a short but very brave life so far. Jazz was found, abandoned, with a severely broken leg. Her rescuers took her in and got her right to a veterinarian. The vet was unable to save her leg due to her condition, so it was amputated at the hip. Jazz' rescuers nursed her along until she was completely healed, she is such a sweet dog that they had hoped to keep her but due to current economic hardship they are forced to find a loving home for her and their other pets. She is about 4 years old, very shy, smart, loving and obedient. She gets along well with their other dog and cat and she also likes children.

Lucy & Trixie
Houma, Louisiana

LUCY and TRIXIE have lost their home because their owner had a baby and no longer wants them in her home.

LUCY is a chocolate and white spayed female who turned 9 on March 24th. She is sweet and affectionate, up to date on vaccinations and on heartworm preventative. She does not like children and needs a quiet home with mature adults who can give her the attention she needs.

TRIXIE is a spayed female who will be 5 on November 7th. She is sweet and friendly and gets along well with everyone. Trixie is on heartworm preventative.



St. Louis, Missouri

Trixie is a 1 1/2 year old girl who needs a home desperately because her family is losing thewir home too. Trixie is up to date on all of her vaccinations and would like a home with adults. She is sweet natured and loves to play.
Springfield, Missouri
Brody is a three year old apricot and white Rat Terrier who is crate trained, leash trained and is doing well on housetraining. He is very friendly and outgoing with people and gets along well with other dogs and cats. Like all rescues, Brody is neutered, in excellent health and up to date on all vaccinations. He is located in southwest Missouri and is available now. If you are interested in him, please submit an application to adopt him now.

Miss Mickey
Kansas City, Missouri

Miss Mickey, hardly more than a puppy, was so lucky! Painfully thin from starvation and brutally abused by her owners she cowered by them even as her rescue angels, David and Becky, asked them to give her up. Fortunately, they were willing to let her go and now she is in a safe, loving, but very temporary, foster home. Mickey is so sweet and affectionate that she nearly leaped into her rescuer's arms. She is a curious, bright little girl. Mickey is being vetted now, she needs a very kind and caring permanent home where she can receive the attention she deserves.
Kansas City, Missouri

TOPPY lost his home when his 89 year old owner passed away in March. He is a good boy and a loving companion. He would like a quiet home with a caring adult with whom he can spend all of his time.Toppy is 10, healthy and up to date on his vaccines.




5 year old Rat Terrier Ryan has been missing since May 31st from his home near 144th and Harrison in Omaha, NE. He has a bad leg from hip surgery and is very shy. If you have seen him or have any information please contact: Sara Jones, instabilus@cox.net, 402-990-6891



New Jersey

New Jersey

Charles is an exceptionally handsome 8 year old fellow who is waiting patiently at Animal Adoption Center in Lindenwold, New Jersey for someone wonderful to take him home and love him forever.

Charles loves to play ball and play with squeaky toys, and gets along very well with all other dogs. He enjoys showing-off his prancing gait on walks. This proud little guy does not like to be put in a crate and sees himself as "in charge"- he needs an owner who is experienced with the Terrier mentality who will respect his dignity but also work with him.

If you are in his area and have room in your heart and home for a really admirable guy, give Jennifer a call at: 856.772.1689 you will be glad you did.


North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

Chip is a two year old male Rat Terrier that was surrendered to a shelter by a breeder. He is a very handsome boy with a wonderful personality to match. Chip gets along well with all people and other dogs. We aren't sure how he does with cats but my guess is that he wouldn't mind them. Like most young terriers, Chip can be a little energetic, but he settles down very well with exercise. Chip does not mind being crated and he is most likely house trained. Chip weighs about 15 pounds and has the perfect disposition for apartment life.

Chip is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, heart worm negative and on preventative. Chips Adoption fee includes a free in home training session if he is adopted in the Charlotte, N.C. area. Please go to www.northmecklenburganimalrescue.org for more information about Chip.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Molly is a very sweet 1 ˝ year old black female spayed Rat Terrier mix weighing about 12 lbs. Molly was found running along a country road, abandoned. Molly is a happy active dog that needs an owner that enjoys regular walks and time outside to play ball. She can be a little shy when first meeting someone, but warms up in a little time. She also enjoys snuggling up on the couch to watch TV in the evening with her foster mom and her cats and dogs. She would like a home without small children. To help ensure that Molly is going to receive good care in her new home she is required to have a year's supply of heartworm preventative and Frontline. If Molly sounds like she would be a great addition to your house hold, please submit an application to adopt her.

Belmont, North Carolina

MARS is a happy, very energetic deaf 2 year old fellow who is searching for a loving home that will welcome his high-energy and be tolerant of his disability by spending lots of time teaching him to respond to visual signals as well as playing with him.

Belmont, North Carolina

Max is a delightful puppy who is very loving and energetic. Max needs a new family that will like to spend time at home with him. He gets car sick so he does not like to go on car rides. Max is fully vetted and ready for a permanent, caring home.



Columbus area, Ohio

Tiffi is 8 years old and a wonderful girl who has lost her home due to her owner's boyfriend's severe asthma. All of her vaccinations and flea and heartworm treatments are up to date - she will make someone a treasured companion. Tiffi likes children but is not good with cats.



Sherlock - LOST DOG
Hummelstown Borough, Pennsylvania

White and black male rat terrier (with docked tail) missing from Hummelstown Borough on 6/28/2009 Please call with any info 717-566-7064 or 756-4725 REWARD

New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

ROXY is an intelligent, affectionate and dominant little dog who is very possessive of her owner and has a strong prey drive. She needs a home where she can work, such as a farm, where she can keep her territory free of vermin during the day and spend her evenings inside with adults (only) receiving the attention and affection she loves. Roxy is not good with other small animals and children and should not be in a home where small children live or visit often. Roxy is 4 or 5 years old, spayed, up to date on shots, she is heartworm negative and healthy.


Rhode Island

Mia & Pia
Barrington, Rhode Island

MIA & PIA are 9 year old sisters who have have always been together. Their owner is moving to Ireland and cannot take them with him. They are great girls who are good with older children and love to meet new friends with wagging tails. They are in great health, are up to date on all off their vaccines and are spayed.


North Carolina

Chapel Hill, South Carolina
PERRO was found on Dodsons Crossroads in Chapel Hill, NC. He was heading toward NC 54, a busy state highway, and was obviously abandoned. He looked like he had had a rough couple of weeks - flea–ridden, hungry, afraid. Perro was very fortunate to have been picked-up by a passing motorist and then taken to the vet . He is up-to-date on his shots, neutered and has recovered now, he is ready to be a loved pet in a new and permanent home. He's in good health and is thought to be about 7 years, 19-20 lbs. This wonderful little guy gets along very well with his foster family's own dog, cat and 2 year old child.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

SUGAR as sweet as her name, is a 1 year old Rat Terrier who is up to date on inoculations, on heartworm and flea preventative, and has been micro chipped. This little girl was turned in to a local shelter as her owner was unable to take care of her due to ill health. She loves to play with other dogs, and is fine with cats. She is very agile and good with children 10 or older, or with an active adult or couple. She will love long walks, t and would be a great candidate for agility training and competition. She is an awesome, amazing athlete with an equal cuddle & kissy side! To submit an application to adopt her, contact Nancy at: rcheckaneck@aol.com



Ft. Worth, Texas

Bandit is a 6 year old boy who gets along well with older children, adults, cats and needs a quiet home where he can feel safe and loved.


beautiful little girl
Decatur, Texas

This beautiful little girl was abandoned and picked up by animal control she is identified by Id # 1025-006 and is available NOW! What is better than a sweet Rat Terrier? A pair of sweet Rat Terriers- Benny and this little one! Think about adopting this pair?

Wise Co Animal Shelter
119 PR 4195
Decatur, Texas
phone: 940-627-7577

Decatur, Texas

BENNY is a wonderful older Rat Terrier who will be euthanized quickly if he is cannot find an immediate home. Benny is in excellent health and as sweet as the day is long. Please consider rescuing him right now by calling this shelter:

Wise Co Animal Shelter
119 PR 4195
Decatur, Texas
phone: 940-627-7577

Dallas, Texas

Trixie is a small, very sensitive, highly intelligent 3 year old who needs a permanent home where she will feel safe and secure. She is up to date on vaccinations, heartworm free (on preventative of course) and loves affection and to be brushed and scratched. Trixie will play ball as long as you are willing to throw it for her. She kills rats and seldom barks. Trixie sometimes forgets her house-training and is particular about where she goes potty. She is leash trained and enjoys going for walks and car rides very much.Josie is terrified of crates and must never be put into one. She plays with toys and shakes them as hard as she can. She needs someone who will spend lots of time with her, love her and treat her with loving kindness.



Gum Spring: between Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia

Abbey was rescued from an overcrowded animal shelter where she was scheduled for euthanasia. She is a healthy, friendly 7 year old little girl whose owner just didn't want her anymore. Abbey is bright and affectionate, she will make a wonderful little pet for a caring person in this area.



Sammamish, Washington

Lilly is a wonderful little rat terrier girl who is 8 years of age and blind. She has no health issues, is well adjusted to her condition and loves to swim. Lilly is a sweet little dog who is a great companion, she just needs a loving, forever home.

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