Ratstravaganza is an annual BC pet rat show, usually held on a Saturday in February, however, due to the 2010 Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver, we decided to give it a miss this year. Plans are already underway for Ratstravaganza 2011, but we still need a lot more volunteer help, beginning with finding a suitable venue. Traditionally at our shows, the doors open at 11 am and the show runs from noon to around 5 pm, with the most popular part of the show, the pet classes, taking place at around 1 pm. Admission is usually $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children, with children under 3 admitted free, but prices could be subject to change, depending on the cost of the venue.
Ratstravaganza is a domestic rat show, and educational event sponsored
RatsPacNW, a pet rat club that encompasses British
Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. RatsPacNW seeks to promote
rats as pets, through shows and educational events such as this one.
This annual show is open to the general public, for rat lovers and curious novices alike. Rat breeders, rescuers, and fanciers with years of experience will be on hand with displays and presentations on a variety of rat related topics such as general rat care, rat illnesses and first aid, inexpensive and creative toys and games for rats, rat genetics and breed standards, and much more.
There will also be rat
arts and crafts on display, as well as various types of rat
merchandise available for purchase. The newest edition of Debbie
Ducommun's Rat Health Care booklet will be available for purchase at cost. For those wishing to adopt a
highly socialized, adorable pet, breeders will have litters
available for adoption, and Little Mischief Rescue will also be on hand with pet rats, and
possibly other small
animals, desperately in need of a second chance at a happy home.
In addition to a standards show, the pet classes will include categories such as "most talented," "most unusual", "longest tail" and "best costume", as well as the ever popular "rat races!" There is always a special category for the rescue rat with the most amazing story, told in 3 minutes or less. There will also be a raffle with some fantastic prizes.
The deadline to enter rats for each show is always 3 weeks prior to the show, in order to allow for a 3 week voluntary quarantine period to protect our rats from contagious illness. No rats will be admitted unless registered on or before that time.
An Online Registration Form will be posted here, a few weeks prior to each show.
Directions to Ratstravaganza 2009
Crossing the border with rats
Where to stay in New Westminster BC
Traveling with rats
The RatsPacNW Club Website (Other Shows and Events)
Some past Ratsravaganza Show Results
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