Frequently Asked Questions...
How do I become a member?
Visit the Membership
page. Both breeders and pet owners are welcomed.
Can anyone become a member?
follow NARR rules to the best of their ability. If you are a minor, you will
need a parent/guardian signature on your membership form as well.
Can my membership be
cancelled? Membership can be cancelled if your annual fees are not
received in a timely manner. However, you can renew your membership even
after expiration, but you will need to fill out a new member form again.
Membership can also be cancelled if you provide false or slanderous
information to NARR. There will be no refund or membership dues, and rats
will false information may also be subject to removal from the database.
How long does it take to get my membership
activated or get registration numbers to me? Typically the turnaround
time is only 2-3 days, but allow up to 2 weeks during our busiest times of
the year. Feel free to contact us should your request be urgent or you have
questions about processing time.
- Who can register rats? Rats can only be
registered by the current owner or breeder. Updates to a record (health, temperament,
date of death) can only be made by the current owner or the breeder, unless
submitted as research with solid factual information that can be verified
with the current owner or breeder.
- What does it mean to register a rat as
'pet only'? This addition to the database is designed to compliment the
contracts used by many breeders. A rat registered as pet only will not have
any offspring accepted for registration. A pet only rat cannot have its
registration changed to breeding, except by the original breeder. This
request must be made in writing and signed by that breeder to be accepted.
Alternatively, if a rat that was a breeding rat is transferred to a pet only
home or is no longer to be part of a breeding program, it's status can be changed to pet only by the original breeder
or current owner, as
well. This will not affect previous offspring that were registered, but no
further offspring from that rat would be accepted by NARR. Only one change
of status is allowed per rat.
if I disagree with a change in breeding status? Only the original
breeder can change a rat's status. In most cases, rats are
registered or changed to pet only if they are not of breeding quality, are
retired from breeding or if a condition arises that makes the rat unsuitable
for breeding. However, we are also aware that some issues arise between
individuals (contract breech, personal disagreements, etc) where the
original breeder and current owner may not agree on a status change. While
NARR sympathizes with those going through issues such as these, it is not
within our authority to determine if contracts are being stuck to or if
there is a fairness to the reason for status change. It is our strong
suggestion, therefore, that whether you are adopter or adoptee, that you use contracts
to protect yourself. Both parties should be in agreement to the contract
terms, both signatures should be present, and both parties should maintain
copies. If a status change is made in which there is a disagreement, which
is later settled, there may be the option to allow for one more status
change. This is subject to NARR approval based on circumstances.
Does the NARR hold shows? What standards do you use?
The NARR does not maintain variety standards or hold shows - it is purely a
registry. However, NARR does use only accepted terminology for
colors, types, etc for consistency throughout the database. If you have questions as to which terms to use on your application, check the
list of colors/markings
for more details,
or check with your local rat club or a club recognized by NARR.
- Can other members find out my personal information
through this site? Your personal details (email address/address) are not
made public. The database search gives details of rats, not people. Email
addresses are kept on file for such situations as forgotten passwords,
queries about registration requests. Owners are listed as registered rattery names where applicable. If owner does not have a rattery
name, then only the first initial/last name is used.
- How can you have a registry when there are no
purebred rats? NARR does not claim any rats to be
"purebred" (there are no breeds of rat, so there are no purebred
rats). It also does not make any claims as to the "quality" of
registered rats. All it provides is a simple, easy to use, and convenient
database of pedigree and health records.
How do I know what forms to use when registering my rats?
several options available for registering your rats, but using the
appropriate form and filling it out completely are key to the database's
accuracy. If ever you have questions on what form to use, please contact us
before submitting your forms. The most common error is using an individual
form for a rat that was part of a registered litter. Be sure to check if the
litter your rat is from has a litter number. If so, you will need to use a
litter member form. The forms page explains each form in detail.
What is the aim of the NARR? This registry
simply serves as a resource available to all North American breeders,
to assist "line-chasing" for fun, and for tracing colors and
health problems through the generations, and to serve as a permanent storage
of said information as accurately as possible.
Isn't it possible for people to lie though, and say
their rats are healthy when they're not? Of course it is. There are some
breeders who will claim their lines to be healthy when they have problems -
and although a registry can't force people to tell the truth, it will be
very difficult for anyone registering their rats to "hide"
problems. The fact is, most breeders keep a very small percentage of their
rats, and NARR encourages the buyers - as well as the breeders - to
report on health, to give the "big picture." If your lines are
healthy and well tempered, then the recorded rats owned by both you and your
buyers will reflect this.
- I keep my own detailed records, and I'm willing to
share them with other breeders who ask. What can this project offer me?
Breadth of information to match your own depth of information. The ability
to find out details about distant cousins that may prove useful. Pedigree
lookups - to see if that outcross is really an outcross, or a look at how a
potential stud's offspring/siblings/half siblings/etc are doing. It is also
way to share knowledge with fellow fanciers and is a permanent record that won't
disappear when a breeder decides to quit, change ratteries, etc.
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