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The Rat Fan Club

You will find rat care info, vet referral lists, a list of breeders, etc. on the Rat Info page.

Click here for our non-profit sister organization, the Rat Assistance & Teaching Society.

To raise funds for RATS for free, sign up here


For a brochure called Are Your Pet Rats All They Could Be? click here

To see Schnozzle the rat play the piano, click here

The Rat Fan Club, founded in 1992, focuses on rats as companion animals. Our goal is to share our love of rats, promote them as companion animals, and spread information about their proper care.  Membership in The Rat Fan Club is free!  To join The Rat Fan Club just sign up for our online chat group.  Click on the “Online Forum” button at left.


For the first 15 years of The Rat Fan Club, founder Debbie “The Rat Lady” published a monthly newsletter, the Rat Report.  In June 2007, the Rat Report was discontinued so Debbie would have more time to work on new books, the non-profit Rat Assistance & Teaching Society (RATS) (see the link above), and the campaign to stop the feeding of live animals to reptiles.  (For more on the history of The Rat Fan Club see the “Meet the Ratlady” link at left.)  There are lots of back issues of the Rat Report available for purchase (click here).  If you would like to receive a newsletter about rats you can join the non-profit Rat Assistance & Teaching Society for $25/year and receive its quarterly newsletter, the Rat-a-tat Chat. Click on the website link above.

You will find info about rats and their care on the Rat Info page (see button in menu at left). If you have further questions, please see the bottom of that page.

Attention Pet Retailers and Veterinary Hospitals!

We have a brochure about rats designed to be given out at pet shops, veterinary hospitals, etc. The tri-fold brochure includes information on why rats make good pets, tips to help purchasers decide if rats are the right pets for them and what supplies and accessories need to be purchased when getting pet rats. It also includes information about The Rat Fan Club and publications written by the club’s founder, Debbie “The Rat Lady” Ducommun. The brochure includes Debbie’s phone number and website address which rat owners can contact for advice.

You can see and print out a pdf of the brochure here. Brochures will also be sent free to any retailer or hospital who requests them.  Please indicate if you would also like a sturdy plastic brochure holder featuring a bright yellow sticker of the club’s logo. A single brochure can also be requested for review. Call the club at (530) 899-0605 or send an email to to request brochures.

We also wholesale the Rat Health Care booklet, which is an inexpensive guide to rat medical care. Please contact us for more information about selling this booklet in your store or hospital!

It is okay for you to reprint any information (excluding photos and artwork) you may find on this site as long as you give proper credit to the author of the article and to The Rat Fan Club.  All the images on this website are the sole property of their creator and are protected by copyright.   You may not use any image from this website without specific written permission.

The Rat Fan Club is not registered as a non-profit organization so donations are not tax-deductible, but you are still welcome to send donations to help support the education of rat owners, the rescue of rats, and research into the best treatments for rat diseases. Thanks for your support!   If you would rather donate to a non-profit organization, you can donate to the Rat Assistance & Teaching Society (RATS) at  The goal of RATS is to educate pet care professionals about the proper care and treatment of pet rats.

 The Rat Fan Club,
857 Lindo Lane

, CA 95973

 (530) 899-0605

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