New Clinic
Photo Credit: Charles Mercer and Karen Oosterbaan

DARG has opened a new clinic in Hout Bay; the beacon of hope for even more good to come in the area led by animal lovers while honouring the life of little Rush.


Hout Bay, South Africa (23 August 2023)—Hout Bay’s lower-income communities and the famous floof, ‘Mr Miyagee’, recently cut the ribbon to launch DARG’s new clinic: the Rush Ndou DARG Community Clinic!

The beginning of the new chapter marks the end of the Community Clinic’s two-year-long process led by animal lovers. Not to mention, it honours the young of someone who considered animals family.

The Community Clinic was named in loving memory of Rush Ndou, daughter of the primary clinic sponsors who lost her life to cancer before her teen years.

“Little Rush died at age of 12 from cancer. She adored her eight dogs and four cats and considered them her brothers and sisters as she was adopted. Rush would be thrilled to know that the Community Clinic is named after her,” share her parents.

Adding to the day’s celebrations in honour of Rush and all the animals her legacy will serve, was Mr Miyagee—one of the most photographed dogs in the country and a certified Emotional Support Animal.

The new clinic will focus on many areas of good, especially sterilisation to combat the number of unwanted and neglected animals in the lower-income communities of Hout Bay.

“DARG provides critical support to the pets and pet owners in Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg. The Community Clinic will allow us to provide our own vet care services at cost and ensure that the systemic animal welfare issues in these two communities are addressed, including large-scale sterilisations and increased pet care education.”—shared Faustina Gardner, DARG’s MD, of the exciting moment.

And, a big sterilisation rollout is already on the way thanks to efforts from Dancers Love Dogs who put forward their talent for four-legged causes.

While 200 animals will be sterilised as part of the launch,  DARG wants to extend this launch drive to 500 animals.

For anyone looking to lend a hand to the paws, email

Sources: Media Release
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