CHECK IN TIME (Regular Shows): 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Entries will be
refused after 10:30.
CHECK IN TIME (Annual Show): 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Entries will be refused after 10:00.
ALL ANIMALS WILL BE HEALTH CHECKED: This is for the health and safety of ALL the animals at the show. Health checking is done during check-in times only. For the health and safety of animals not entered in the show or there to sell, we recommend you do not bring your pets. If any animal in a cage does not pass health check, the ENTIRE cage does not pass and no animals from that cage may be shown or sold! Cages that do not pass the health check will be put behind the AFRMA sales table until the end of the show. If you have a solid partition divided cage, each unit is considered a separate cage. Wire divided cages count as one cage. Please read the Disease Control sheet. Any new animals you bring into your rattery/mousery must go through a minimum 2-week quarantine period before being entered in a show. Animals from pet shops must go through a 1-month symptom-free quarantine.
HEALTH CHECKERS: To be announced.
EXHIBITORS: In an effort to educate the general public about the dangers of cedar and pine, we ask that you use an alternate bedding in all of your cages at the show. If needed, aspen bedding is available for your use from the show secretary at no cost.
Remember that the animals seen at our shows are representing their species as pets to the general public. Please make sure your cages are clean.
Exhibitors must use the bedding provided by the club in all show boxes.
MINIMUM SELLING PRICE FOR SALES ANIMALS: Animals for sale must belong to the seller (must be a member of the club, and the animals must pass the health check). The starting price for mice/hamsters will be $5 each; rats $10 each (you can charge more, but must start at the minimum price). There will no longer be “free” litters allowed.
RESCUE ANIMALS: There will be a maximum of 2 animals per show, per seller (must be a member) allowed, except for those recognized by AFRMA as warranted rat and mouse recyclers, with a minimum of a $3 adoption fee per animal for mice/hamsters, and a minimum $5 adoption fee per animal for rats. Rescue animals must pass all health checking/selling criteria.SALES PERMIT FEE: The price for an animal sales permit to members will be $5 per person; $15 for a yearly permit. A permit must be purchased for pre-sold delivered animals and the animals must pass all requirements.
SALES ANIMALS/ITEMS: All animals/items for sale must be on the Sales Table at the shows or you will not be allowed to sell. Members are the only ones allowed to advertise animals or other items for sale at the shows. Runts or babies from large litters will need to wait longer before being offered for sale as they will not be approved to sell at 6 weeks of age for rats/mice 5 weeks. [Kitten Rat Weight Guidelines at 6 weeks: males to be 8 oz/approximately(~)236 g, females 6 oz/~177 g; 4 month females 11 oz/~311 g.] You must have owned the mice for at least 5 weeks, rats for 6 weeks. You will only be allowed a total of 15 animals per species. See the Notes & Rules page for details. Bring your own carriers for new animals you bring home.
JUDGING TIME (Regular Shows): 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
JUDGING TIME (Annual Show): 10:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Non-Regular Rat Classes
(See Show Classes page for complete information)Regular Rat Classes
Unstandardized, Unstandardized Breeder, Kitten, Breeder’s Group, Brood Doe, Most Matched Pair, Progeny (Get of Sire & Produce of Dam), Stud Buck, Youth, English (Annual show only)
(See Show Classes page for complete information)
Pet MicePET SHOW CLASSES:
Non-Regular Mouse Classes
(See Show Classes page for complete information)Regular Mouse Classes
Unstandardized, Unstandardized Breeder, Kitten, Breeder’s Group, Brood Doe, Most Matched Pair, Progeny (Get of Sire & Produce of Dam), Stud Buck, Youth, American Mouse, English (Annual show only)
(See Show Classes page for complete information)
(See Pet Show Classes page for complete information)
EVALUATIONS: We are now offering “Evaluations” at the shows. This is for animals that you would like to breed but are not show quality (i.e. nicked ears, missing tail tip, etc.) and you need an expert opinion. Entry fee $1 per animal. Animals must be shown in Show Boxes. You will get a judging card filled out for each animal. There will be no awards given. Age to be 5 weeks and over on mice and 6 weeks and over on rats. Please keep in mind that kittens change and should be evaluated later. List your Evaluations on your entry form. Evaluation critiques required on all breeding animals to apply for Registered Rattery/Mousery. [Effective April 21, 2001] [changed ages 4-25-09]
CLERKS & STEWARDS: To be announced.
AWARDS: To be determined.
Annual Show Only: Challenge Trophies will be awarded to AFRMA members winning Best in show,
Varieties, Sections, and some Non-Regular Classes. These trophies are awarded only at the
AFRMA Annual show, and may be kept for one year with a deposit (refundable upon the
return of the trophy the following year). Certificates will be issued to commemorate the
winning of a challenge trophy. Any member winning the same trophy three times (not
necessarily in consecutive years) will obtain permanent possession of that trophy.
SPOTTIE GUY PERPETUAL AWARD: A plaque has been donated in memory of Spottie Guy (Nancy Ferris’ special pet rat). This “Spottie Guy” memorial award will be given to the rat who wins the largest number of pet rat classes over the course of a calendar year (January-November). Only Best Pet classes will qualify and none of the “other” pet classes will count.
SHOW BOXES: Rental cost – $1.00 per box per day. All animals must be shown in AFRMA show boxes except in Trick, Costume, Rat Race, and Curious Rat classes.
REGULAR DRAWING: Bring your rat or mouse related donations! The price of the tickets for the regular drawing is 3/$1 or 1/50¢. (not at every show)
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES