K9 PROJECT WATCHDOG – GOAL R10 000
Where it began
After our first meeting with the Chief Veterinarian of the Kruger National Park, Dr Markus Hofmeyer, we discovered that they were looking for sponsorship of their rising canine unit. At the time, several rangers had been tracking using their own dogs in an effort against poaching. The partnership with Hill’s continued to grow and we have been supporting the K9 anti-poaching units with food, equipment and health care since 2012. Subsequently, in 2021, Hill’s Pet Nutrition began a collaboration with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife through Wildlife ACT, sponsoring the K9 units in their Hluhluwe – Umfolosi & Mkuze Game Parks
What we sponsor
We provide a specific high energy food, Hill’s Science Plan Performance, to these hard-working dogs. This food not only looks after their health and allows them to work at their peak but the antioxidants in the food help with their scenting ability.
In addition to this, we have provided some specific equipment, like “cooling jackets” to help reduce the chance of heatstroke in the very hot areas, along with organising and participating in dental cleaning and more complex dental work on 50 dogs in SANParks and Ezemvelo Parks.
Why is this important?
Sustainability is globally very important for us at Hill’s. It is not just a buzz word and encompasses far more than just “recycling”. Keeping wild areas wild and preserving our precious animal species is extraordinarily important to us as South Africans, and even more so to us at Hill’s.
A collaborative effort toward a larger mission
Hills has a long-standing relationship with conservation. In addition, we work alongside different partners, local associations and certifications in an effort to create more sustainable practices around the world.
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