Adopt A Pet: Mzananda Clinic Is Overflowing With Unwanted Animals

“The Festive Season is happy for most but for us at Mdzananda it is the hardest time of the year,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager of Mdzananda Animal Clinic.

Tandjies and Shiela


The clinic is an NPO veterinary clinic and not specifically a shelter. They have a very small shelter programme which can cater for only 15 dogs and 15 cats. “Right now we have 33 stray cats in our small facility and 28 in foster care – we’re already over capacity,” says du Plessis.

Lunar, Zion and Julia
In just two days 11 dogs were abandoned at the Khayelitsha based organisation. A couple of young boys from the community ran three kilometers to Mdzananda. They had seen a mommy dog give birth to puppies in a field, alone, with human owners. The organisation’s staff raced out to help the dog and her five pups. They were admitted to their hospital and stray programme.

Lucy and Chestnut

The same day, an hour later, a young boy brought a heavily pregnant mommy dog to the clinic. She had been left by his house by people who were renting next door. The very same day the organisation’s General Manager found a small dog dumped outside the clinic’s yard. As if that isn’t enough three dogs were handed over to the organisation the next day, their owners no longer wanting them.

Duchess and Candy

“From now until January community members go to the Eastern Cape. Not having solutions for their pets those pets are abandoned, handed over to us or even thrown over our walls at night. ‘Rather with us than in the streets but since we do not have capacity to be a large shelter it places extreme pressure on our staff, space and resources,” says du Plessis.

Minsky and Munchie, and Russell

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is appealing to the public to help them cope with the influx of abandoned pets in the upcoming months. They are asking for any donation, big or small, to assist them through this difficult time.

Solar and Chips

“It costs us R1 530 to keep a stray pet for two months. This is just to cover their sterilisation, vaccinations, dewormers, flea and tick treatment and food and excludes all other costs such as staff, electricity, water etc. Some pets find homes within two months – many have stayed much longer. Poor Tandjies has been with us since December 2018,” says du Plessis.


Pay It Forward

With financial support from the public, the organisation will have a better chance at getting through the very difficult months ahead. They are also asking any potential foster parents or people looking to adopt a pet to get in touch on [email protected] / 082 251 0554 / 021 367 6001 /

If you’d like to donate: Banking details: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank,

Account number: 075595710, Branch: Rondebosch, Branch Code: 025009,

Reference: Strays + Your Name.

Billy And Bobby

About Mdzananda Animal Clinic (

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is a permanent, veterinary council registered, NPO animal clinic in Khayelitsha, a township just outside of Cape Town, South Africa, home to 400 000 people (2011 census) and their pets. The clinic serves an average of 700 animals per month through consultations, hospitalization, general and orthopaedic surgeries, continuous sterilizations, mobile clinics and an animal ambulance. Mdzananda has a strong focus on community empowerment and education to ensure responsible pet