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



Postal Address          PO Box 5001, Hughesdale, VIC  3166

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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



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

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.

Ruby & Barry owned by Chelsea G


AusRFS Rescue Service Update


It is with regret that we announce

as of Saturday 28th March, 2020 

we are suspending all adoptions

until further notice.

This was an extremely hard decision

to make as we have many lovely rats

waiting for their forever homes.

But the AusRFS has a duty of care

to our foster carers and volunteers

and we can no longer open our homes

to potential adopters.

We will continue to take surrenders

- with special arrangements in place

to keep everyone safe. 

Rest assured the rats currently in our care will continue to be very well looked after and will be very happy

to meet their forever humans once 

the COVID-19 threat is over

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COVID-19 impact on 

AusRFS activities


All public and private club events have been cancelled until further notice.

All education Team activities and other community visits have also been cancelled.

We are not taking any new boarding bookings until further notice.

Please see information regarding our rescue service in the box to the left.


We will continue to support rat owners during these difficult times -

our advice service remains open

to anyone who needs

advice about pet rats, their care,

health, welfare and housing. 

Please contact us via phone

email, or facebook message

(no texts please)

All our contact details are below.

Please follow us on Facebook to keep up your spirits with rattie related posts. 

Keep safe, and love your rats.



Website Updates

Check out the new page

From our Archives,

under the AusRFS Events tab.

We will be adding to this page

regularly with items of interest

from our club's 24 year history. 



2nd February , 2003

at Caulfield Pet Expo



For a list of all events for the year 

please go to the Calendar 2020 page.


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 see the Publications page under 

the AusRFS Activities tab.

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.

Benjamin (Wendy C)