Phone 0401 741 162 (voice calls only, no texts please)
Postal Address PO Box 5001, Hughesdale, VIC 3166
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
We are pleased to announce
that adoptions will resume
as of 20th June.
Please see the Rescue Service
page for details about the
We have strict social distancing measures in place to keep carers and adopters safe. While still allowing adopters plenty of opportunity meet and get to know their potential new companions.
Our numbers are low at the
moment, especially babies.
But of course, with rescue,
things can change very quickly!
So, if you are thinking of adopting
in the near future we recommend
We have continued to take in surrendered rats as usual,
with the same safety measures.
COVID-19 impact on
All public and private club events
and community visits have been
cancelled until further notice.
Education Team activities have also been suspended (apart from on-line classes).
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).
Our nebulizer hire service
is also still available.
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.
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
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
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.
For a list of all events for the year
please go to the Calendar 2020 page.
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.