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

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.

AusRFS Activities Update

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

Our Rescue Service and Boarding Service are fully open again and our 

Education Team is available

to resume face to face classes.

Our Advice Service continues to be 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.

Continue to keep safe,

and love your rats. 

Rescue Service Update

Adoptions have resumed !!

So if you are thinking of adopting now

or in the near 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.

Upcoming Events

It is still uncertain whether the pet expos

and other public events that we usually attend will be held this year. 

At present our Annual General Meeting is the only event confirmed for this year.

Please watch our website and Facebook page for other event announcements.


AusRFS Annual General Meeting

Sunday 28th March, 2021

A reminder to members to RSVP for our AGM. We don’t know until closer to the date if we will have to restrict numbers, so we are noting RSVPs in order of receipt in case we have we have to make a cut off. So please email asap to secure your spot.

There will reports on all aspects of the club, election of committee and voting, as well as the opportunity for members to raise any topic for discussion. After the meeting we will enjoy a BBQ lunch and general rat chat. Members can also meet the rats currently with our Rescue Service. As always members are encouraged to bring their ratties so they can socialise too. 

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the uncertainly regarding events for 2021, we are yet to publish a club brochure for this year.  

However all the information in the 2020 brochure is still current, apart from event dates. 

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.

Benjamin (Wendy C)