Our Story

Welcome to Rachie's Ratirement Home!
First off, we would like to acknowledge that the rescue operates on custodial land of the oldest living civilisation in the world. This is a contested space, so we pay our respects to both the Jagera people and the Turrbul people and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the cultures of Aboriginal Australia, and that sovereignty was never ceded.
We're a dedicated rat rescue located at Sunnybank Hills, Brisbane!
Our rescue is now an association with a dedicated team, a supportive membership and a beautiful volunteer community, we have safehouses and transport volunteers across South East Queensland and work with some truly wonderful charity groups, exotics vets, businesses and associations. We're the only specialised rat rescue in Queensland running in an official capacity. And did I mention we really love rats?
From humble beginnings in 2017 when Rachie began helping rats in need, we've now assisted thousands of rats and mice. Rachie kept seeing rats in abusive or dangerous situations and saying "I can help with that." After safely rehoming the rehabilitated rats, people started to take notice and ask for help.
We take in rats and mice from all situations, we're proud to say we've never said no to a domestic rat or mouse in need! Once here, they are screened for health and temperament and receive any vet care they might need. If they are able, we then find them homes with well screened forever families! We NEVER euthanise for reasons other than quality of life, and animals who aren't suited to go back out to new owners retire here at the rescue where they can live out their days in peace under specialised care. We have many beloved 'permies' here for reasons such as advanced age or illness, human or rat aggression, or sometimes just because they need company in their twilight months after losing a cage-mate where their owners can still visit. in the process of application for the rescue to become proper charity, capable of receiving tax deductable donations.
We take in rats and mice from all situations, we're proud to say we've never said no to a domestic rat or mouse in need! Once here, they are screened for health and temperament and receive any vet care they might need. If they are able, we then find them homes with well screened forever families! We NEVER euthanise for reasons other than quality of life, and animals who aren't suited to go back out to new owners retire here at the rescue where they can live out their days in peace under specialised care. We have many beloved 'permies' here for reasons such as advanced age or illness, human or rat aggression, or sometimes just because they need company in their twilight months after losing a cage-mate where their owners can still visit. We are in the process of applying for the rescue to become proper charity, capable of receiving tax deductable donations.
One of our biggest passions is helping and educating our community, when we're not actively taking in animals who need rehoming, rehabilitating or finding them their forever families, we love to do educational  work! We aim to provide a nuanced and evidence based approach to welfare, and proudly work with the public and educational institutions to improve welfare for rats and mice in all settings. Whether it's explaining the different types of hind leg degeneration to a worried owner, working with breeders to improve their housing, or assisting homeowners with choosing humane and realistic pest control options, we aim to meet people where they're at and improve welfare for the animals in whatever context it's needed.
The rescue is funded primarily through the personal efforts of the management committee and donations from our community, if you want to get involved or support what we do, please feel free to get in touch!
Our dedicated rescue account for donations is:
RRH Donations | BSB 064-130 | Account 1108 1198
We also have a PayPal managed by our Secretary #AdminAlly for those who want to donate via that channel. An official Rescue PayPal requires the completion of our many levels of Government applications which is a process we are currently undertaking. To PayPal us head to paypal.me/adminally :)
Welcome to our rescue, we hope we can help you however it's needed, whether by our services or with good information
RRH Management - Rachie, Ally and Chris