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Sophie owned by Piotr & Rachel N



If you love pet rats, or you just want to find out more about them then you have come to the right place ! 

The Australian Rat Fanciers Society (AusRFS) is based in Melbourne

and is a club for owners of domesticated pet rats (Rattus norvegicus domestica).


We are a very active, social and family orientated club. 

Members come from all walks of life, backgrounds

and age groups, but share a common passion – RATTIES.

Contact us

Phone                         0401 741 162 (voice calls only, no texts please)



Facebook Page

Advice Lines               0401 741 162,   0400 928 044,   0498 021 237

Boarding Service       Via the AusRFS email address or phone number

Rescue Service          Julie McInnes - Phone:  0414 864 278

AusRFS Activities Update

With the easing of restrictions in Victoria - all our club activities are back!

Our next event will be our members Christmas Party on 5th December

Please contact us via phone, email,

or private Facebook message.

All our contact details are above.

Continue to keep safe,

and love your rats. 

Website Updates

In 2021 we celebrate the 25th

anniversary of  the AusRFS. 

Check out the Archives page

for a look back at our rich rattie history. 


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2nd February , 2003

at Caulfield Pet Expo



Rescue Service Update

We are pleased to announce that we have reopened for adoption.


Our Rescue Service was extremely busy during the lockdowns as we continued to take in surrenders but were unable to adopt out. So we have a good number of rats available. 


If you are thinking of adopting

please go to the Rescue Service

page for details about the

adoption process, and 

the information we need

potential adopters to provide.

Unfortunately during the lockdowns

we heard of lot of new rat owners adopting from unscrupulous people, selling sick and under aged rats

to make a quick $. The unsuspecting owners continue to pay a high price in heartbreak and vet bills.  Highlighting the importance of buying/adopting from a reputable source. 


Information about Pet Rats & the AusRFS

Click on the heading of this box to download,

or contact the AusRFS if you would like

a printed copy posted to you.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the uncertainly regarding events for this year, our 2021 brochure does not contain the usual

calendar of events for the year. 

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The cover of this year's brochure features Tex,

owned and photographed by Lisa O.

The Pet Rat
Care Guide

The 2nd edition of the AusRFS book

The Pet Rat Care Guide

is available in printed or digital format.

Please go to the Publications page.

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The cover of this book features Moonbeam,

owned and photographed by Donna R.

All photos on our website and pubications have been taken by AusRFS members,

all rats featured are owned by AusRFS members or are wards of the AusRFS Rescue Service.

Butterbeers (Caity R)
Butterbeers (Caity R)

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Percy, Nigel & Benjamin (Wendy C)
Percy, Nigel & Benjamin (Wendy C)

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Benjamin (Wendy C)
Benjamin (Wendy C)

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Butterbeers (Caity R)
Butterbeers (Caity R)

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