Foster carers play a vital role in the work we do at Rachie's Ratirement Home. We rely on the help of dedicated foster carers who take on rats in need of additional care, attention and support. Our foster care team help our residents get ready for their forever homes.

There are four general foster categories:

  • Trust training: mental/emotional rehabilitation for rats who need to improve handling or may not be used to kind humans
  • Meds care: Administering medications and support for a period determined by us and our vet to help rats recover. This is a vital role and carers are always needed.
  • Long term foster: Not as common/helpful as the first two, this suits people who are experienced enough to act as a long term home for rats regarded as 'unadoptable' 
  • Maternity: Pregnancy screening and/or care for mother rats with litters. Everyone loves this role, it requires some additional training and a good track record with other fostering, and where multiple fosters ask to take on a litter, preference is given to those who have been putting in the hard work with trust or meds, on a rotating basis.

If you are over the age of 18, have reliable transport, and would like to volunteer your time for a fulfilling and rewarding role as a foster carer for Rachie's Ratirement Home (RRH), please contact us via the form below to express your interest! A member of Rachie's Ratirement Home will be in contact with you shortly to have a chat, if everything is successful they will discuss a foster interview and a site inspection.


  • Foster carers must have previous experience with rats. If you would like to become a foster carer without prior rat experience, you're welcomed to start your education by volunteering with the rescue and learning under a mentorship.
  • Foster caring is an opportunity and a privelige, not a right.
  • All foster care is undertaken in a wholly voluntary capacity.
  • Foster carers will, for rats in foster care, be supplied with appropriate housing and necessary medication. Foster carers will also be assisted with food and bedding within the limits of donations to the Rescue. 
  • Foster carers are required to be able to transport the rats in their care to and from the rescue, and in some cases the vets, as required.
  • All foster carers start by caring for rats in need of handling and trust training and following this can be selected to care for complex, medical or maternity cases if the carer desires it, additional training may be needed and will be provided if so. 
  • Foster caring can sometimes be very heart-wrenching, but also very rewarding. 
  • Foster carers must be aware that they may foster their rats for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the case and condition of the rats requiring care. 
  • During their time in foster care, rats remain under sole custody and ownership of the Rescue.
  • All decisions made regarding treatment needs, foster duration and adoption potential/arrangements (including foster failure) is the sole responsibility and decision of authorised Rescue staff, not the foster carer. 
  • All adoptions, including 'foster failure' (when a foster carer decides they would like to adopt the rat/s they are fostering), must be processed as per the standard adoption procedure at the completion of the foster period.
  • The RRH Code of Conduct must be read, understood and signed by all who wish to undertake voluntary foster caring for RRH. 

Foster Care Application Form

August 29, 2020