Adopt a HeroRAT

Adopt a HeroRAT or HeroDOG and help people to live, work, and play without fear or disease

For as little as $9.00 a month you can adopt a HeroRAT or HeroDOG and help save lives

gold Medalist Magawa

Magawa was APOPO's most successful HeroRAT. During his illustrious 5 year career, Magawa’s worked directly saving lives of men, women and children who were impacted by hidden landmines and other deadly remnants of war in Cambodia. 

In September 2020, veteran Magawa was formally presented with a suitably rat-sized PDSA Gold Medal – the animal equivalent of the George Cross – by the UK's leading vet charity. He is the first rat in the charity’s 77-year history of honoring animals to receive a PDSA Medal – joining a line-up of brave dogs, horses, pigeons and a cat.

APOPO announced Magawa's retirement in June 2021. He turned 8 in November 2020 which is very elderly for this species; and sadly died peacefully in his sleep in January 2022 of old age.



Meet Mannes

Mannes is strong-minded and a hard worker. Based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, he's known for his tenacity, high-levels of concentration, and loyalty when he's out in the field.


Meet Cyklon

Cyklon is a Belgian Shepherd with a nose for landmines and unexploded remnants of war. He's energetic, fast, and thoroughly enjoys lazing in the sun after a hard day's work.


Meet Gizmo

Gizmo is a Belgian Shepherd with incredible energy at work. She's always wagging her tail but don't be fooled by her playfulness - she's serious when it comes to detecting landmines.


Your support is helping people like DIT SUM

"APOPO saves lives – I'm getting my life back on track!"

Where your support really makes a difference

Training Animals

There are 12 HeroDOGs and nearly 300 HeroRATs under our care. Your support ensures they're treated like the heroes they are.

Saving Lives

Landmines and tuberculosis kill. Your support enables people to live, work, and play without fear.

Social Change

APOPO empowers people and communities. Your support helps create jobs and improves economic and environmental conditions.

What you'll receive

Welcome Pack

A digital Welcome Pack stacked full of pictures, facts, figures, and quotes that will tell you everything you need to know.

Adoption Certificate

A digital certificate of adoption with your name on it.

Monthly Impact Updates

Monthly updates direct to your email inbox to keep you up to date with the latest news and information from the field.