Dr Mike Hardwich Foundation


REG NO. 2013/138987/08

Approximately 80% of South African pets have no access to veterinary care. A frightening figure and with this comes the uncontrolled breeding of unwanted puppies and to a lesser extent kittens.

The Welfare organisations do an excellent job in helping but often their focus is diverted due to other needs and their organisations are costly to run. Further, when they are dependent on charity to keep going, it becomes an unenviable and daunting task.

I was made aware of the need to sterilise animals in the underprivileged areas. The figures given to me were of great concern with many of the Welfare organisations in KwaZulu-Natal sterilising less than 100 animals per month. This means that the impact, in real terms, is minimal.

In a trial lasting three months my veterinary assistant and I managed the sterilisation of up to 20 animals per day. This was certainly sustainable and the number could be increased if an additional veterinary surgeon was employed.

The hospital was under no unmanageable pressure and the best procedures were followed – every animal was sterilised using the same procedures used for any other operation and in accordance with parameters laid down by the South African Veterinary Council. In addition the animals were all vaccinated and dewormed. Where mange was found they were also treated for this with follow-up treatment. The animals were all transported to the hospital and returned in the evening.

The cost to the pet owner was NOTHING – and no further visitations were necessary because all sutures used were dissolvable.

The costs to us were accurately measured and worked out at about one third of the going rate. This was the result of utilising spare capacity in our hospital – no patient was in any way compromised.

Based on the success of The Lion and the Lamb and hopefully on what’s coming withThe Rhino and the Rat I have formed a non-profit foundation; The Dr Mike Hardwich Foundation, the purpose of which will be to extend this work amongst the disadvantaged population and in particular the pets owned by such people.