AFRMA

American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

AFRMA Generic Show Schedule

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 $7 each; rats $15 each (you can charge more, but must start at the minimum price). There will no longer be “free” litters allowed. [changed minimum prices June 13, 2015]

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 $5 adoption fee per animal for mice/hamsters, and a minimum $10 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 $10 per person; $30 for a yearly permit. A permit must be purchased for pre-sold delivered animals and the animals must pass all requirements. [changed fees June 13, 2015]

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 and must be present to do so. 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.


SHOW CLASSES:

Pet Rats
Non-Regular Rat Classes

(See Show Classes page for complete information)
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)

Regular Rat Classes

(See Show Classes page for complete information)


Pet Mice
Non-Regular Mouse Classes

(See Show Classes page for complete information)>
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)

Regular Mouse Classes

(See Show Classes page for complete information)


PET SHOW CLASSES:

(See Pet Show Classes page for complete information)



EVALUATIONS: We are offering “Evaluations” several times a year (EVAL Day). This is for animals that you would like to breed but may not be show quality (i.e. nicked ears, missing tail tip, etc.) and you need an expert opinion. Fee is $2 members/$3 non-members per animal. 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. You will need to print out the EVAL form (member or non-member first pages with the back side last page–use just one sheet of paper; now interactive so can fill out before printing) and list the animals to be critiqued, fill out the top part of a judging card with the name/id and color/section/variety for each animal, and bring them with you. Evaluation critiques required on all breeding animals to apply for Registered Rattery/Mousery. [Effective April 21, 2001; changed ages April 25, 2009; modified March 7, 2015, to having EVAL Day several times a year.]

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.
Challenge Trophies – Rat
Challenge Trophies – Mouse

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 – $2.00 per box per day. All animals must be shown in AFRMA show boxes except in Trick, Costume, Rat Race, and Curious Rat classes. Note: for Pet Classes only, exhibitors may provide their own Kritter Keepers (or equivalent brand/size) (lg. for rats, medium for mice) (Effective March 7, 2015)

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)

SCHEDULE:

9:30–10:30:  Regular Show Check in/Health Check at this time only
9:00–10:00:  Annual Show Check in/Health Check at this time only
11:00:  Regular Show Pet Judging & Non-Regular classes begin. Pet classes will be judged at a separate table while Non-Regular classes are being judged. Both will begin at 11.
10:30:  Annual Show Pet Judging & Non-Regular classes begin. Pet classes will be judged at a separate table while Non-Regular classes are being judged. Both will begin at 10:30.
12:00:  Lunch Break
2:00:  Approximate time for Drawing (if there is one)
4:00:  Approximate end of show
4:00–6:00:  Clean up

SUPPLIES: Please order TODAY what you think you will need at the next AFRMA show. You must order in advance. All large bags of food and bedding must be pre-ordered as there will be none available at the shows. Please send in your supply order form to Geri (address on bottom of form) or call her at (951) 685-2350 no later than two weeks before the show. No orders will be accepted after the deadline.


ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES


Updated October 4, 2016