Our Management Committee
Rachie - President, Manager, full time carer for the animals.
Hello! I'm Rachie, really I'm just your friendly local rat nerd.
I've always been an animal lover. I've had pet mice since I was five and rats since I was twelve, and I've never stopped learning about them. As far as community involvement, I'm a former management member of the Queensland Rodent Fanciers Society, where I was proud to write new ethics and animal welfare standards and help set up a system for Approved Rescues, bridging the breeder/rescue divide. I'm also currently sitting on the Small Mammals Advisory Group for Animal Care Australia, lending a specialist voice to challenge government policy setting that impacts animal welfare.
I'm currently finishing my honours year for a Bachelor of Advanced Science, my major is biology (plant science) and before my rescue days I was heading into research science as a career.
My role here at the rescue is shifting, for the past two years it's been "everything" but as we grow and settle into a structure I'm becoming more of a manager and advisor to some roles and taking on some new ones, though I'm still the primary caretaker and decision maker for the animals in our care and see to their day to day needs.
On a personal level, I'm still a nerd. I love books and games, I play Dungeons and Dragons, I love making things, I love learning.
Rescue work is fulfilling on so many levels. What was once a well meaning hobby has evolved into a really important job, one that I can still do alongside chronic health conditions that don't mesh with many traditional job structures. It's an outlet for empathy and my "mum friend" desire to nurture everything, it's a target for creativity and a great way to satisfy my need be challenged academically. It constantly pushes me out of my comfort zone and prompts me to grow, and it's led to me being surrounded by the most incredible, passionate people I could ask for.
At the end of the day I'm just a girl who loves rats a lot, and my way of sharing that passion is by making their lives better, by direct action and by educating people! Come and love rats with me. <3
Ally (#AdminAlly) - Secretary, Social Media Manager,
Team Wellbeing Officer and High Needs Foster Carer
My name is Admin Ally - you will often find me tagged in posts on the Rachie's Ratirement Home Facebook and Instagram pages, I do a lot of the social media management for the Rescue. I am also the Rescue Secretary at the moment and I help to keep to our members informed and the management side of the Rescue under control. In my day to day life I am a social worker, so loving and snuggling my little furry friends when I get home is a lovely way to chill out after a tough day. I have an ever changing cohort of beautiful foster rats in my care and I am particularly involved with looking after our palliative and high care residents. I also work a lot with malnutrition cases, including rats I support myself, and rat owners that I mentor online. If you have ever emailed the rescue or engaged with our social media accounts - we have likely chatted and I hope to meet you one day at the Rescue!
Chris - Treasurer, Rescue Maintenance, Transport and Rat Carer
Chris, is the quiet and hard working third piece to our rescue Triforce. He takes care of transport, helps with a lot of behind the scenes tasks, and generally shares his life with the rescues. Long before the rescue evolved into what it was, Chris was part of its backbone - cleaning cages when Rachie was too sick, loving and handling the rats and always helping wherever he was needed. You sometimes catch him during open days popping by quietly with a cup of tea and a "Stay hydrated".
He's now filling the role of treasurer, and will be responsible for tracking and analyzing our finances so we can best achieve our goals, a vital part of keeping the lights on!
When Chris isn't working hard - at work or at the rescue, or on the housework that the rescue invariably overtakes - he loves riding his bike, playing board games and video games, and eating good food!
Amy - Sponsorship and Fundraising Coordinator
Hoi! My name is Amy, and I'm the Sponsorship and Fundraising Coodinator for Rachie's Ratirement Home! It's my job to coordinate fundraising campaigns for the rescue, and liaise with potential sponsors. Our most recent campaign, Operation Patch Up, has been a great success with many of the patchworks under our care now able to receive the life-saving surgery required to fix the health issues they have.
With a communications background, I dabble in some of the social media for Admin Ally when I'm not spamming my accounts with photos of my own mischief - all of which are RSQ graduates!
Meet more of our team!
Jae - Administration Coordinator
Hello lovelies, my name is Jae and I’m the administration coordinator for the humans and rats at rachies ratirement home.
I started off at the rescue in their second year, adopting my late heart rat Master Miguel. I fell in love with the big brioche loaf rat and the rescue, and began my work by fostering, cleaning, rehabilitating and painting custom art at @jaesthetic.arts to raise money for the rescue.
I’ve got a real soft spot for the old rats, especially old boys due to their masterful cuddling skills, and plentiful kisses. As a science student majoring in wildlife biology, I saw the rescue as an valuable opportunity to get hands on experience in animal husbandry, behavioural support and critical care. I also saw the amazing opportunity to put in the work for the underdogs of the underdogs, rehab and rehoming surrendered rats is an unusual gig after all.
I see the rescue as a vital part of the Australian rat community, and it’s given me the position to have foundational influence to an organisation I really care about.
You will see me as Admin Jae in the email account, as well as hosting the rescue tumblr, and around the rescue - I’m the tall one with boots so please say hello and ask me about my rats.
Allana - Site Supervisor
Hi everyone, my name is Allana, and I am the (self-appointed, finally official) Site Supervisor (AKA – HBIC) at Rachie’s Ratirement Home.
You may have seen me posting pictures and stories of various rats that I have had in my care on the RRH community page and wondered who in the heck is that???
I ended up at Rachie’s as I had started studying Cert III in Animal Studies and was required to complete 80 hours volunteer work at a shelter. I had been following Rachie’s Ratirement Home on social media for some time and being 100% a rat person, where else would be better!
Fast forward nearly 10 months later, I am 1 month off completing my studies. I had completed my required volunteer hours with in the first couple of months, poor Rachie could not get rid of me.
I already had a small mischief of 4 girls, but after fostering my first boys I had fallen in love and the 4 of them stayed. Over time many fosters have come to stay with me, come back to the rescue and gone onto their furever homes. Some more fosters have become foster fails (not all my fault, my husband loves having them around too!). I think that is my favourite part, looking after the ratties that need medical care or trust training. . . . Well apart from the babies! Oh, do I love some rat babies!
I also play apart in adoptions and surrenders at the rescue, so I will definitely see you around at the rescue sometime!
Jenna - Foster Coordinator
Hi everyone, I’m Jenna and I’m a proud Foster Care coordinator and Volunteer!
For about a year I participated in a cage cleaning for mice and rats (which I’m very good at), donated my time to make the life of our beloved rodents as clean and comfortable as possible, and make the rescue space a bit more organized. Soon enough I fell strongly in love with our wards and started wondering how I can help even more. The opportunity was not long in coming - we had a lot of sick animals, everything we need for treatment and a lot of people willing to help from our loving community, so the only thing that was missing was the foster care coordinator to connect everything together. So here I am!
I have a strong background in caring for animals in need and I also used to be an active member of a rat rescue in Russia. It just so happens that my main interest area is medical treatment and health-related issues in rats, so being a part of the RRH team is a great opportunity to enrich each other’s knowledge and expertise for the benefit of our rodents' wellbeing.
As a person, I’m passionate, efficient and quirky, love theatre and travel and never miss an opportunity to pat an animal. You can meet me on-site every Friday cleaning cages or training new volunteers from time to time, and also on Sundays if you decided to become a Foster Angel with us. I am excited to be a part of the rescue and to make some changes with our community’s help!
Aaron - Volunteer Coordinator
Profile coming soon!