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Australian Rat Fanciers Society Inc (AusRFS)

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Hughesdale, 3166

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Australian Rat Fanciers Society Inc (AusRFS)
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PO BOX 5001
Hughesdale, 3166

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About Australian Rat Fanciers Society Inc (AusRFS)

Australian Rat Fanciers Society Inc (AusRFS)


The AusRFS is a very active, social and family orientated club. We have a current membership of 90 people - from all walks of life, backgrounds and age groups, who love getting together to share their common passion – RATTIES.

The Australian Rat Fanciers Society was formed in 1996, in Melbourne, to address the lack of reliable information regarding pet rats and their care, and also to provide support and social forums for rat owners.

The AusRFS became an Incorporated Association in 2005.

Aims & Objectives

To show the public what wonderful pets rats can be.

To educate and provide information about how to care for pet rats.

To promote responsible pet ownership.

To raise awareness of the differences between domesticated pet rats and wild rats.

To provide social forums for rat owners.

To offer opportunities for owners to show their rats.

To operate a rescue service to help rats in need.

To discourage the breeding of rats to be used as food for other animals


Activities & Services

DISPLAYS are held at many agricultural shows, pet expos and community events around Melbourne and rural Victoria throughout the year. Why not come along and have a chat to our members and meet their gorgeous ratties! Maybe have your photo taken with a rattie, (great for show and tell!) and all money goes towards our Rescue Service. We also have lots of lovely rat related items for sale, but rat patting and cuddling are free. For a full list of events, go to the calendar section of our Website.

RAT SHOWS are held in conjunction with a number of AusRFS displays. Visitors are welcome to come and watch the judging.

RAT CARE ADVICE LINES provide information and advice about rat care and welfare. This service is available to members & the general public alike.

RESCUE SERVICE saves and rehomes abandoned and surrendered rats. Apart from the rats that we rescue ourselves or are surrendered directly to us, most animal shelters in Melbourne also pass on pet rats to us. To date we have taken in approximately 5,000 pet rats, who otherwise would have faced a very bleak future. Our Rescue Service is funded solely from donations and fundraising.

REGISTERED RATTERIES - a register of ethical, responsible rat breeders who have passed the society’s strict registration process. This process includes testing of rat knowledge, monitoring of rat keeping practices and inspections of premises.

BOARDING SERVICE can care for rats when their owners go on holidays.

WEBSITE provides information about the AusRFS and rats in general. 

ON-LINE FORUM, where rat lovers all over Australia and beyond can chat and share information. Enter via the website.

PUBLICATIONS A range of printed material, is produced, including a comprehensive Information Booklet,  which covers all aspects of rat care.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS such as Social Days, Information Days, Fancy Dress Parties, Annual Rat and Ferret Fun Day (in Association with the Victorian Ferret Society) Members Annual Show and Christmas Party.



Anyone who owns, or is interested in pet rats is welcome to apply to join the Society. Membership forms are available from the AusRFS or can be downloaded from the website.

Prospective members are strongly encouraged to come along to one or two AusRFS events in order to meet some members and their ratties and learn a bit more about the Society.

Please note: The AusRFS does not accept membership applications from Feeder Breeders

(people who breed rats as food for other animals).


The Australian Rat Fanciers Society Inc

Founded 1996

For the love of rats

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