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Website Updated: 5.7.2024   



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 



Advice Lines:        0401 741 162 or  0498 021 237

Rescue Service:   0411 670 215 (please note this is a new number) 


Instagram:           @australian_rat_fanciers

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Latest News

Message to Members

It has been brought to our attention that some members are not

receiving emails.

Below is a list of recent emails sent

to all members. If you missed any, please check your junk folder and let us know if you missed any. 

3 July: Rescue rats available (ex lab)

21 June: Rescue rats available

18 June: Sausage Sizzle notice

3 June: Collingwood Display notice

15 May: Annual Show reminder

5 May: Annual Show Notice


Found a wild rat needing help? 

We are currently receiving many requests for help from people who have found wild baby rats.


The AusRFS Rescue Service only deals with domesticated (pet) rats.  

However, we acknowledge that wild rats deserve to be treated with compassion and we have a procedure in place to help people who contact us for advice.


If you find a wild rat needing help, the best source of assistance is the Facebook Group Wildie SOS - Rats and Mice Australia. Please click HERE for more information. 

Events 2024

Please go to the 2024 Calendar of Events page 

to check out all our rattie events for this year!

Last Event

The AusRFS display at Collingwood Children's Farm on 16 June

- go to the Events Held 2024 page to view a few photos 

to see ALL the photos all our past events check out our Facebook page.

Next Event

AusRFS Members' Rat Health Day, Sunday, 18 August

How to become an AusRFS Member

Go the Membership Page and fill out a

Membership Application Form.

Rescue Service Update

The AusRFS has a new phone number 0411 670 215


We have many lovely ratties ready

and waiting for their forever homes. 


If you are thinking of adopting

please go to the Rescue Service Page

for details about the adoption process.


Donate to our Rescue Service

The AusRFS Rescue Service is funded solely by donations and fundraising by AusRFS members. 

Donations of any amount are always gratefully received.

All donations to the AusRFS are automatically allocated to our Rescue Service to be used for food, housing and medical treatment for the wards of our Rescue Service.

Our account details are: 

BSB:                 033060

Account No:   328949

Name:             Australian Rat Fanciers Society 


Please use the word Donation as a reference to the payment

and include your name if possible.

Please also send an email to ausrfs@ausrfs, to alert us to the donation and allow us to express our gratitude. 

Already an AusRFS Member?

Go to the Members Only Page to check out the latest club news,

download publications & documents and back issues of

Rat Tales Newsletter. 

AusRFS Brochure 2024

Information about Pet Rats & the AusRFS

Click HERE to download,

or contact the AusRFS if you would like a printed copy posted to you.

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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 3rd edition of the AusRFS book

The Pet Rat Care Guide

is available for purchase in printed

or digital format.

Please go to the Publications Page

for more information.

AusRFS members receive a free copy

of this book.

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All photographs featured on our website and publications

have been taken by AusRFS members

and all rats are either owned by members

or are wards of the AusRFS Rescue Service.

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