Boarding Application

brown rat poking head out of blue hammock

Please read through this information and then click the link below to access our boarding application form.

Boarding Costs:

  • One rescue cage (maximum of 10 rats): $15.00/day
  • For BYO cages, the standard rate is $15.00/day but may be negotiable based on circumstances, any discounts must be approved in writing before commencement of bording.
  • Groups larger than 10 rats or those requiring separate housing will require additional cage space to be rented.
  • Rats requiring medical or specialist care during their stay: $5/rat/day of care required (If your rat requires medication, please ensure you provide the sufficient amount of the medications required to cover the boarding period. We will also need the details of your veterinary practice should complications occur.)

The above prices cover the costs of food, care, general cleaning and maintenance in addition to a full deep clean and sanitisation/wash of all gear at the end of boarding. The price is the same for people providing their own cage as we still clean and sanitise gear prior to you collecting your furry family members. This process allows us to ensure hygenic, safe, pleasant surrounds for all rats in our care regardless of their reason for staying. This arrangement also allows us to operate within the welfare standards that we adhere to as a rescue.

Going away, and not sure who you can rely on to care for your rats? We can help.

Rachie's Ratirement Home offers a boarding service where your rats can either stay at the rescue under the care of rescue staff and volunteers, or be paired with a foster carer if you would prefer your rats reside in a family situation with an approved person (subject to availability).

We have plenty of items to make your rats’ stay comfortable, but you are encouraged to bring along any hides, hammocks and cosy items that your rats particularly love. Anything that helps them feel safe and comfy during their stay will ensure a better boarding experience and reduce stress.

Boarding drop-off and collection occurs by appointment only between the hours of 9am and 6pm on the day arranged. If collection is to be arranged on an earlier day than booked, the time of pickup is subject to the availability of the carer and a refund should not be expected. Early/late appointments can be arranged, where capacity exists, at a cost of $10. This does not apply to emergency/crisis boarding which will be determined on a case by case basis.


Payment terms are as arranged with the rescue, even where the rats are residing in foster care during the boarding service. 

Extra charges may apply for additional care e.g. pre-existing medical conditions requiring treatment and/or special dietary requirements.  If your rat requires medication, please ensure you provide the sufficient amount to cover the boarding period and let your boarding carer know all details i.e. dosage amounts and treating vet.

Your rat/s health and well-being are our primary concern.  If a medical problem is detected, all attempts will be made to contact you.  An emergency contact number MUST be provided when boarding your rats.  The emergency contact person MUST be an adult, capable of making decisions for you regarding your rat’s health, able to be reached within Australia, and authorised to make medical and financial decisions for your pet on your behalf.  You will assume all financial responsibilities for approved medical services provided during your pet's stay. 

Should a life threatening (critical) medical condition occur during your rats stay and attempts to reach either you or your emergency contact are unsuccessful, medical decisions regarding their care will be made by authorised rescue staff, for your rats.  You will be responsible for all medical charges associated with the management of this event.  Your rat may be taken to a Rachie's Ratirement Home endorsed vet at the discretion of the person boarding your pet, and not necessarily your preferred vet, if your vet is a considerable distance away or inaccessible.

I have read and I understand the conditions regarding measures that will be taken should my rat/s become ill.
I agree to pay all associated costs incurred due to any veterinary required treatment provided by Rachie's Ratirement Home or it’s nominated foster carers upon collection of my rat/s.
I understand that Rachie's Ratirement Home will not return my animals to my care where a debt remains without payment or a suitable payment arrangement in place and that I will incur additional boarding costs until payment (or suitable payment arrangement) is agreed to.
I undertand that if I cease my re-payment plan, refuse to make payment OR am not able to be contacted by Rachie's Ratirement Home after 14 calendar days, I willingly and unconditionally forfeit my rats to the care of the rescue as surrenders.
I understand that if my rats are not collected within 7 days after the scheduled pick-up date, and contact or further arrangement is unsuccessful, they will be re-homed by Rachie's Ratirement Home as it sees fit, and I will be liable for any charges incurred.
If for any reason I am unhappy with my experience boarding, I will contact Rachie’s Ratirement Home to discuss my concerns.

Please note that submission of any electronic form to Rachie's Ratirement Home will be considered as signed and authorised by the person completing the form.

I affirm my understanding, agree to the conditions of boarding listed and I am aware if I am not willing to agree to these conditions Rachie’s Ratirement Home cannot board my rats at this time.

Boarding Application

August 29, 2020