Have you tried looking through Craigslist? Or your local newspaper classifieds? Maybe you could advertise in these yourself asking if anyone has a rat in need of a home and that you are looking for one for a companion for your rat?
I know nothing about rats, but are they social enough that one would accept another rat into his home? I can see this as being tricky.
I personally would not buy from a pet store. I had four birds when I went vegan and eventually was down to one last year. as I vowed not to have any more caged birds. He was very lonely, and I gave him the best company I could, but I refused to buy more to keep this perpetuation of a caged animal and supporting pet stores going. It was hard because I felt so bad for my little society finch being alone, but he seemed ok considering. Once he passed on that was it. I would take in a rescue (personally I would need this animal to be naturally vegan), but not from a breeder or pet shop.
In the end, only kindness matters. - Jewel
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