Help keep a township cat or dog warm this winter for Mandela Day

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Winter is in full swing and for most of us who have a warm, safe place to retreat to, it can be wonderful but for those less fortunate and vulnerable, winter is absolute hell on earth.

While many people in the City who have no home brace the cold these next two months, just as many homeless and unwanted animals face the same struggle. The Mdzananda Animal Clinic based in Khayelitsha Cape Town has approximately 130 000 to 300 000 companion animals in its surrounding areas and is appealing to the public for donations to keep these furry friends warm throughout the rainy, cold season.

The clinic primarily helps and services companion animals living within township areas who are usually part of a household who cannot afford to take care of them. These pets are often, malnourished, in need of neutering and are left to sleep outside during the night, with plenty arriving at the clinic’s doorstep in a hypothermic state.

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During winter The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is often packed to the brim, as the number of pets in need of medical assistance has a tendency to increase during this time. The clinic also treats more animals with broken bones during the winter as the number of animals hit by passing cars also increases.

“Many township pets are not allowed into homes even when it is cold and raining outside. Many do not have kennels or any form of shelter and as a result of the number of pets in hypothermic states arriving at our doors increase. We are however happy to announce that we have seen an increase in community members investing in kennels for their furry friends. The Clinic has also been able to hand out a number of donated kennels for pets needing shelter. We will also be hosting two Kennel Building events for Mandela Day. One on July 20 for the public and the other July 18 for workgroups. People are invited to join us.”

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic launched its fourth annual Wagging Winter Shoe Box drive. The clinic is asking the public to donate, either packed shoebox full of winter necessities for either a cat or dog including dog food or to sponsor a shoebox by sending a cash donation.

“We know that members of the public want to help the township pets in winter but do not always know how to do so. With this drive, you can choose which pet you wish to help and pack a shoebox filled with goodies to keep them warm this winter. Not everyone has the funds to donate towards looking after a pet but many people are able to pack a shoebox full of goodies.”

With Mandela Day around the corner here’s how you can help a furry friend in need and how to pack your Wagging Winter shoebox in four easy steps:

– Find a shoebox (or any box)

– Choose which pet you would like to pack for (puppy, kitten, dog, or cat)

– Pack it full of goodies for your chosen pet

– Drop it off at one of the drop-off spots

Suggested goods to be placed in the boxes include Hills A/D tinned food for recovering pets, Milko Pup or Kitty Milk for bottle-fed pups and kittens, soft food, pellet food, a hot water bottle or heating beanbag, washing powder to wash blankets, a roll of black bags for daily disposal of dirty newspaper cage lining, leads and collars, chewy treats, catnip treats or cat litter.

The drop-off spots to deliver your shoe boxes include:

– Khayelitsha: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, 21297 Govan Mbeki Road

– Sea Point: 2A Pavilion Place, 281 Beach Road (24h security)

– Mowbray: Mowbray Veterinary Clinic, 84 Durban Road

– Woodstock. Contact Kerry-Lee 082 297 6048

– Milnerton: Contact Gretha 083 450 4563

– Edgemead: Contact Joe 082 420 1006

– Gordons Bay: Contact Valery or Cheryll 021 856 3554

– False Bay, Capri Village: Contact Debora 082 3666 726

– Constantia Hills/Tokai: Contact Ann 082 4144 771

– Higgovale / Oranjezicht: Contact Stefanie 082 390 1670

– Kraaifontein: Contact Mariska 072 716 9959

– Brackenfell: Contact Mariska, 072 716 9959

ALTERNATIVELY: if you prefer to sponsor a shoebox or a half shoebox instead of packing a box, this is also very welcome.

Puppy Shoebox: R450

Dog Shoebox: R350

Kitten Shoebox: R400

Cat Shoebox: R300

Bank Details: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank

Account number: 075595710

Branch: Rondebosch, Branch Code: 025009

Use the relevant reference: Pupbox + your name / Dogbox + yourname / Catbox + yourname / Kittenbox + yourname

For more information, visit the Mdzananda Animal Clinic’s website on or contact

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