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
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.
COVID-19 impact on
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.
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
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.