I recognize that as a breeder I have a responsibility to protect and preserve fancy rats and to ensure the welfare of the animals that I sell, produce, breed, and own. I, therefore, subscribe to the following code of ethics.
a) To provide for each animal in my care an environment which meets their physical, emotional, and psychological needs. This includes adequate living conditions, correct nutrition, proper bedding, and needed health care.
b) To promote and encourage responsible pet ownership.
c) To begin and further a study which increases my knowledge of the science of breeding Fancy Rats and Mice.
d) To maintain an interest in all animals which I sell and arrange for the return/ placement of an animal of my breeding which is in need or no longer wanted.
a) To be familiar with and knowledgeable of the standard for those varieties which I choose to breed, including proper coat, color, conformation, and temperament, and to use that standard as a goal in striving to improve the variety with every breeding.
b) To breed only animals which are sexually mature, in good health, and are free from hereditary defects, parasitic infestation, poor temperaments, and communicable disease.
c) To be knowledgeable about the effects and consequences of mycoplasma as a disease, and until such a time as we acquire a method for controlling or eliminating this disease, breeding to produce an animal which is mycoplasma resistant.
d) To be knowledgeable about the causes of tumor growth in rats and mice and to breed to produce an animal which is not genetically predisposed to this condition.
e) To discontinue the breeding of animals who consistently produce offspring who have a defect or disorder which is detrimental to the animals' well-being, or temperaments which make them unsuitable as companion animals.
f) To provide a pregnant doe and the resulting pups with the housing, nutrition, and care necessary to meet their physical, emotional, and psychological needs.
g) To assure that every animal produced has the necessary temperament to make it a suitable companion animal.
a) To not sell or otherwise place rat pups under 6 weeks of age.
b) To consciously seek the best possible homes for animals which I place or sell.
c) To sell only healthy animals who are sound in temperament and free from parasites.
d) To stand behind the condition and quality of all animals as represented at the time of sale.
e) To be sure the buyer is fully informed when selling an animal which has a known defect, health, or other physical condition or serious deviation from the standard.
f) To never knowingly sell a pregnant doe without fully disclosing the fact to the buyer.
g) To take responsibility for any offspring produced by a doe which was unknowingly pregnant when sold.
h) To take back or find a home for any animal whose placement is not successful.
i) To provide to a purchaser full instruction on feeding, housing, and general care.
j) To provide the new owner with on-going support and assistance with problems that may arise.
Josephine's Rattery only sells cages that adhere to AFRMA standards.
As pet rat breeders, we do more than just produce animals. With us lies the responsibility of producing an animal which is not only beautifully colored and pleasing to look at but more importantly, one that is healthy and makes a wonderful pet.