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APOPO

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To develop detection rats technology to provide solutions for global problems and inspire positive social change. APOPO is a social enterprise that researches, develops and implements detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes such as Mine Action and Tuberculosis detection. APOPO is a Belgian NGO, with headquarters in Tanzania and operations in Mozambique, Thailand, Angola and Cambodia.

Target demographics: save lives and limbs from deadly landmines and Tuberculosis

Geographic areas served: Tanzania, Mozambique, Thailand, Angola, Cambodia, Laos PDR and Vietnam

Programs: Mine clearance operations and Tuberculosis detection

Community Stories

330 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Their work is so important. I appreciate all that they do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! It is so great that rats are, once again, helping the human race. Rats are so smart and social, and it's great to see that they are being trained to save lives and help detect illegal animals being smuggled too.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of Hero Rats since nearly the beginning! They're doing amazing work that is truly helping people.

The landmine removal is great, but the thing that impresses me even more is how they're able to test for TB so quickly and in a much larger volume than human testing. Let alone all the other things these amazing rats are working towards!

Definitely worth supporting!

Donor

Rating: 5

The work done by APOPO and these wonderful tiny animals is truly amazing

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do amazing work, saving lives in a unique way!

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is doing amazing, life-saving work! The animals are born, raised, trained and work under the care and guidance of loving staff. I admit that I was skeptical when I first saw an article about APOPO's work with rats to detect land mines and positive tuberculosis sputum samples. After more reading I became a supporter and even 'adopted' one of the land mine detection rats. This a most worthwhile cause and its dedicated staff and working animals deserve all of the support that we can muster!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love everything about Herorats!!!! I love everything about how the rats are cared for, respected, and are actual HEROES too for saving peoples lives. The rats are actually putting THEIR OWN LIVES in danger to detect land mines. It’s truly amazing and they are more than just hero’s, they have incredibly important jobs, and should always be respected.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing work saving lives, using the HeroRATs and the HeroDOGs too, incredibly innovative and awe inspiring!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing work done by the wonderful rats and their trainers! I hope their work continues for long as does well-being of both

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic work to improve the quality of life and safety of communities plagued with land mines and tuberculosis. The Herorats are definitely heroes.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are doing such good, important work! Also, their social media posts always brighten my day, their email updates are interesting, informative, and fun, and they never spam me. Live them!

Meg B.5

Donor

Rating: 5

Apopo does amazing work!!

Helping detect mine with the cutest little detectors!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

APOPO is doing vital work globally through landline removal and TBtesting. At a time when war and violence seem to be winning they are making a difference in ordinary lives. They treat the Gambian Pouched Rats ethically and employee local people. They support other similar initiatives. They are making a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just love seeing how beautiful the relationship is between the herorats and their trainers. This is the way all working animals should be treated - with love and respect. APOPO sets the bar really high and is the standard by which all companies that work with animals should strive to meet

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic work, magic rats! What these beautiful rats do is beautiful and helps healing the world!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported them for a long time. It's so cool to see an animal - a rat! - that most people don't like, trained to save humans.

Stephanie S.19

Donor

Rating: 5

RatHero is such an ingenious and important nonprofit. They’re literally saving lives through the natural cleverness of rats and the tireless dedication of the team who cares for them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work they do is just wonderful! So many lives saved.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great NGO, i like it a lot. The rats are amazing and what they do so important

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

APOPO and it’s amazing team of Hero Rats do outstanding work that deserves even greater awareness. Such an innovative approach to carrying out this crucial work.

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome initiative, really helps make the world a better place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't have a personal story but have been reading about APOPO's work for a few years now. They are incredible and their work is saving lives. All thanks to the amazing rats and the people of APOPO!

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

APOPO gives me hope that the world really will get better. Their devotion to the safety of others is unstoppable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

APOPO has done so much, with literally so little: little animals, that is!

(TBF, their pouched rats are big for their type of rat, but you get what I mean.)

Both with mine and TB detection, APOPO has saved goodness knows how many lives-- and will continue to do so, as long as we continue to stand by them.

Luis Manuel Cetina D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great labour from apopo!! Thanks!! I love your work and hero rats!

Donor

Rating: 5

APOPO are very good at keeping doners up to date with high quality material - and what they do is just super important

Leslie G.6

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the center in Siem Reap in 2019 and met the trainers and one of the rats. The work they do is incredible and I will continue to support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their work makes me believe in a better future. Priceless. ♡

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful non-profit bringing good to humans and rats!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don’t personally know you or the hero rats, but I love what you do and that you employ the rats, which most people malign. Rats are smart and I’m glad they are getting a brake and are heros. Thank you for what you do❣️ I hope you get your much deserved rating.

Vasilisa S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Every donation dollar is spent with care and intent.

Donor

Rating: 5

Apopo does such important, effective work in demining and tuberculosis and they take such good care of their animal partners. They also provide excellent education for donors and the public about their projects and model, and offer entertaining images (we love Full Cheek Friday on social media!). Please keep it up, we are donors for life!

Donor

Rating: 5

For my son’s birthday his friend’s all chipped in and donated a rat for him!!! This non-profit insured these kids to research, ask questions, and gain knowledge and perspective for the lives of others❤️ And then they left their support. Many still follow the Hero Rats today…some 11 years later❤️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hero rats do such useful and vital work! I’m forever grateful they exist

Donor

Rating: 5

Very ingenious idea to use very lightweight, trainable rats as detectors. They can easily alert handlers while keeping the humans living nearby safe

Donor

Rating: 5

Animals and humans coming together for the greater good. The rats help save lives and the humans treat the rats very well. Definitely my favorite charity

William M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring a HeroRat and donating for almost three years.
Their work in so many arenas is extraordinary, and they provide clear information about how donations are allocated.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love what these guys do - such a good idea and a wonderful cause. I sponsor a hero rat called Ronin and the updates they send are so precious. You can tell they really take good care of the hero rats!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing! Purpose and service are absolutely perfect

Donor

Rating: 5

Living in a conflict zone in which there are a lot of unexploded bombs and IEDs, I can attest to the importance of APOPO'S work. Every defused bomb is a life or limb saved.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These little guys (and their human helpers) so one of the best jobs in the whole world! Saving THOUSANDS of lives and turning on its head, the bad myth that rats are just vermin. They are all super-heroes and deserve every accolade, award and commendation going!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the hero rats! I “adopted” a rat for my birthday and it was such a delightful gift. Keep up the amazing work APOPO!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Apopo is such a fantastic organisation doing such important work. Thank you so much for all you do.

Catherine S.6

Donor

Rating: 5

What a fantastic charity - love what they do and how much they love and care for their furry workers

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am adopted from Cambodia and now live in England. I have watched Cambodia grow with the help of Apopo eats. I have visited Apopo in Siem Reap and this non-profit charity deserves much more than just recognition.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent work by the rats and the organization not just for land mines but TB as well. Love this organization and what they have achieved this far and hoping to in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been making a monthly donation for a couple of years and am always heartened by the great work the HeroRats are doing & proud to sponsor their efforts.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization trains animals to save people's lives by detecting dangerous diseases and landmines--well worth supporting!

Donor

Rating: 5

APOPO does incredible work from demining to TB detection to protecting wildlife.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Its set rats in a good spotlight for once en even helps people do dubble win win

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful work being done by these animals and these caring folks!

Donor

Rating: 5

APOPO ist eine Organisation, die Menschenleben rettet. Die Minenspürratten und Ratten, die TBC erschnüffeln können sowie die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter bei APOPO leisten eine sehr wichtige Arbeit, die ich gerne unterstütze.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an excellent charity. Their mission is beautiful and they actually make it a reality. Plus, the rats are super cute!

Elisa C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Apopo does amazing work that benefits both humans and animals!

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted a rat several months ago and love getting the updates about all of the rats and their hard work saving people from hidden mines. Amazing organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

LOVE APOPO!! Their belief and hard work in a system that helps so many, is one of my favorite organizations.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love receiving Apopo's newsletters about the rat I adopted!

Donor

Rating: 5

Doing important, innovative, life-saving, life-changing work.

Donor

Rating: 5

Brilliant charity that helps clear landmines. Which is such an important job to help save citizens in countries where they still are in the ground from disabilities caused by landmines

Sue M.11

Donor

Rating: 4

I adopted one of their HeroRATS some time ago now and receive regular reports on the work she is doing. I enjoy reading their posts and. seeing the photos of all the HeroRATS (the demining ones and those detecting TB). The work they do is important - who would have ever believed that an animal so small could be trained to do such great work? It is definitely one of the best NGOs I support - keep up the good work APOPO (and especially Shuri)

ashfault

Donor

Rating: 5

Remarkable work. One of a kind organization improving the world one hero rat at a time. I am proud to support APOPO & it's work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of Apopo for many years. Their work clearing mines & detecting TB revolutionary & astonishing. What an amazing organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I think APOPO is doing amazing work by using animals like rodents, which are generally seen as pests, to raise awareness about leftover minefields and help the residents no longer live in fear

Stefan V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly supporting people, an organisation able to communicate and share objectives and results.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic charity through which my children sponsor a HeroRat each. We receive regular updates on the rats which we really enjoy reading

Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love APOPO and the HEROrats! The rats and their trainers really are true heroes. They are so brave, intelligent and hard working. The work they do is amazing, helping so many communities and saving so many lives. It makes me proud to know that I can help them by donating to their organization whenever I can.