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.
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
AusRFS Rescue Service Update
Due to the current restrictions in Victoria our Rescue Service has once again suspended all adoptions
until further notice.
The good news is that a good
number of rescues went to their
forever homes during the time
we were able to resume adoptions.
Of course, the rats remaining in our
care continue to be well looked after,
and will be very happy to meet their forever humans once the
restrictions are lifted..
We continue to take in
surrendered rats, where the
restrictions allow, with special measures
in place to keep everyone safe.
We have had a large number of
adoption inquiries, and we are
keeping a waiting list,
so if you are thinking of adopting
in the future we recommend
Please go to the Rescue Service
page for details about the
and the information we need
potential adopters to provide.
COVID-19 Impact on
Most club activities have
been suspended until further notice.
All public and private club events
have been cancelled.
Our Boarding Service is suspended
We will continue to support rat owners during these difficult times -
our Advice Service remains open
to anyone who needs advice
about any aspect of pet rats -
their care, health, welfare
Our Education Team is available
to deliver online classes.
Please contact us via phone, email,
or private Facebook message.
All our contact details are below.
and love your rats.
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.
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 go to the Publications page.
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.
For a list of all events for the year
please go to the Calendar 2020 page.