Owl Rescue Centre


Dedicated to the protection of owls and wildlife

Rat Trap Project

After extensive research Owl Rescue Centre found that there is no rodent poison on the market that is safe from causing secondary poisoning in owls and other non-target animals. 

The chemicals used to control rodents are being found in the livers of owls and are causing the deaths of an alarming quantity of birds of prey. The chemicals cause metabolic disruption and damage to tiny blood vessels, resulting in internal bleeding and ultimately death.

Owl Rescue Centre realized that an alternative eco-friendly solution is required in order to convince the public not to use harmful chemicals and have been successfully managing this project since 2010. We designed a humane Owl-friendly Rat Trap that is both effective and safe for all species involved.

The Owl-friendly Rat Trap is designed primarily to catch rats without killing or harming them. Food bait (not poisoned) is placed inside the Rat Trap to lure the rodents to the trap. The rat or mouse enters the Rat Trap through a one-way trap door to get to the bait. The rodent is caught alive and without injury; it is trapped with a supply of water, food and bedding. Once a rodent is caught, you can notify Owl Rescue Centre to collect the rats to use as food for the owls in the rehabilitation centre. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our Rat Trap Project is currently at full capacity. We unfortunatley cannot accept any new subcribtions until further notice.

Rental Fee: R 300/trap per month 

** Rental fees will be collected automatically by montly debit order

rat Trap Rental Enquiries:  

This service is currently only available in Johannesburg & Pretoria (central parts of Gauteng)