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

Sophie owned by Piotr & Rachel N

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

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


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)

Email                           ausrfs@ausrfs.org.au 

Website                     www.ausrfs.org.au 

Postal Address          PO Box 5001, Hughesdale, VIC  3166

Facebook Page          www.facebook.com/AustralianRatFanciersSociety

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 Rescue Service Update

We are pleased to announce that due to the easing of restrictions in Victoria...

Adoptions have resumed !!

We have had a large number of

adoption inquiries during lockdown,

and we are keeping a waiting list.

So if you are thinking of adopting

in the future we recommend

making contact. 

Please go to the Rescue Service

page for details about the

adoption process

and the information we need

potential adopters to provide.

COVID-19 Impact on 

AusRFS Activities

All public and private club events

have been cancelled till further notice.


Our Rescue Service and Boarding Service are fully open again.

Our Education Team is available

to deliver online classes.

Advice Service is available

to anyone who needs advice

about any aspect of pet rats -

their care, health, welfare

and housing.

Please contact us via phone, email,

or private Facebook message.

All our contact details are below.

Keep safe,

and love your rats. 

Website Updates


2nd February , 2003

at Caulfield Pet Expo



Check out the new Archives page


We will be adding to this page

regularly with items of interest

from our club's 24 year history. 


Information about Pet Rats & the AusRFS

including a calendar of events for the year.

Click on the heading of this box to download,

or contact the AusRFS if you would like

a printed copy posted to you.

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.

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.

For a list of all events for the year 

please go to the Calendar 2020 page.