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Our Adopted Rats

Image of Cheeky ratName: Cheeky

Job: TB Detection Rat

R.I.P: Aug 31, 2011 - June 19, 2012

Read about our beloved Cheeky who is now watching us from above.

Meet Our Newest Rat: Nala

Recycling Funds

2012: $105.63

2013: $118.63

2014: $56.45

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Nala's Biography

Nala is a TB Detection Rat, who brings boundless energy and enthusiasm to her training as she learns to save lives with a sniff. Her incredible team spirit and gusto will make her a great asset to our TB Detection Program.

  • Likes: The play cages; competitive RATathons; banana protein shakes
  • Dislikes: Tuberculosis; making a mistake in her training and missing out on a treat

Nala was born on Sep 2, 2011.

We came to sponsor Nala after we were informed that our beloved Cheeky died.


About Adopt a Rat (and a little history...)

I met Bart Weetjens at a conference in Washington State in 2011 and was fascinated with the work he does for the Hero Rats program. I told him I'd find a way to adopt some rats and build them in to some sort of volunteer program and here we are! Cheeky is our first rat to be adopted. Some interesting stats:

  • These rats can detect tuberculosis! TB is a highly contagious disease that if left untreated, can kill over a million people each year. The rapid spread of TB is a result of low detection rates, and the lack of a reliable method for testing large volumes of patient samples
    • They are incredibly accurate: their amazing olfactory (smelling) abilities can sniff out even the smallest trace of the disease in human sputum samples.
    • They are incredibly FAST! A single rat can evaluate 40 sputum samples in just seven minutes, equal to what a skilled lab technician would take an entire days work to do.
  • These rats can detect landmines! Two handlers using these rats can cover 200 square meters of suspected minefield in less than 1.5 hours. This would take a human an entire day using metal detectors.

Learn more or adopt a rat today!