1000 Dogs and counting …

2015-11-17 06:00
Dr Mike Hardwhich during surgery. Photo: supplied

Dr Mike Hardwhich during surgery. Photo: supplied

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DOCTOR Mike Hardwich (Lowry), a Hillcrest veterinarian, reached a milestone in his career by sterilising his 1000th dog this week.

The Dr Mike Hardwich Foundation fetched a five-month-old female Africanis from an underprivileged community near Hillcrest on 11 November and took her to the clinic for sterilisation, vaccination and deworming.

Procedures were efficient and she wagged her tail even in her sleepy state.
The Africanis, known as Caramel, belongs to a home run by children, one being Nomathemba Ngcobo.

“We are thrilled to have been able to help her and her family. They can now live free of the burden of unwanted pups,” said Hardwhich.

He said that although gratitude warms the heart and makes any job worthwhile, there are hard costs associated with unwavering commitment to the sterilisation problem.

Drugs, equipment and running costs of the vehicle’s daily trips into the townships equate to R500 for every sterilisation undertaken.

To help cover those costs and raise funds to continue the work, the doctor founded a non-profit organisation - the Dr Mike Hardwich Foundation - three years ago.

Dr Hardwich’s long-term vision for the foundation is for it to become a fund-raiser whereby other vets, who identify similar needs within reach of their practices, can volunteer their surgical skills and time, with the costs covered by the foundation.

To donate to the foundation, visit www.mhfoundation.org.za or email foundation@mhfoundation.org.za

For more information, contact Melissa Schreiber at melissa@mhfoundation.org.za or call on 031 765 2123.

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