Mandela Day – Kennel Building for Khayelitsha Pets

By: Mdzananda Animal Clinic

Spend your 67 minutes building kennels for the pets of Khayelitsha. Bring your friends and family to enjoy this fun filled event with us at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Khayelitsha.

Corporate Groups – 17 July 2015; Public – 18 July 2015 10am

Cost: R67/R167 donation towards covering the cost of the kennels

Bring along: Hammer per person, measuring tape, pencil, paint brush. If you have varnish and paint you are welcome to bring that along too.

RSVP latest 15 July to




It’s not too late. Save a pet this Easter weekend.

by Mdzananda Animal Clinic Khayelitsha

I had just left my home. I was crossing the road for my morning stroll when the force hit me… The pain was unbearable.  I just lay there and cried. Was this the end?

Dear Animal Friend

As you read my letter today, a pet, victim to a motor vehicle accident, is being admitted to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha… a pet like Blackie. With this letter you can save a life by giving a gift towards the treatment of a motor vehicle accident victim over the Easter weekend.

Blackie Recovering

Blackie’s owner watched in horror as the accident happened. He ran to pick her up and rushed her to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic. This young man, around 16 years of age, brought her to Mdzananda in the only means he knew how – in a Woolworths carrier bag. He was scared, nervous and very distressed. His cat was in a very bad state.

The kind veterinarians immediately took him and Blackie to the hospital facility to assess the damage. On opening the bag what was found looked like a horror movie gone wrong. Poor Blackie was frantic. She was meowing and turning her head from side to side, completely traumatized. The one side of her face was completely mangled. Her jaw was hanging from a piece of bone and her eye was dangling. The vehicle had not only hit her but had ridden over her face, severely breaking her jaw.

We initially did not think that Blackie was going to make it but our passionate veterinarians wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. She was put onto calming medication so that she could be properly examined. She was admitted to surgery where her eye was removed and her jaw pinned and wired back together. Her road to recovery began.

Within a week after surgery and receiving lots of love, care and medication, she started to look better. She started purring again and came up to the front of her cage to be stroked. She was healing slowly and her zest for life was returning. She stayed with the Mdzananda Animal Clinic for two weeks to recover and slowly returned to her old self. Her owner was overjoyed to see how well she was doing when he came to collect her. He swooped her into his arms and gave her a big long hug.

Blackie is just one of the numerous patients admitted to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic as motor vehicle accident victims. In the first three months of 2015, 26 pets were treated for mild vehicle accident injuries while 71 pets were admitted to hospital and theatre for severe vehicle accident injuries.

I think you will agree that the Easter weekend is accompanied by many deaths on the road. This does not only stand true for human deaths. Animals suffer too. You can be a part of the solution.

Over the Easter weekend many Khayelitsha community members travel to the Eastern Cape to visit their families. Their pets are left at home in the care of a friend or school child who visits the pet once or twice a day to give food and water. Often these helpers do not know the importance of pet safety and leave doors or gates open. Pets run out into the road and get run over by motor vehicles.

At the Mdzananda Animal Clinic we are preparing for numerous motor vehicle accident patients to be admitted over the Easter weekend and in the week thereafter. You can help us save their lives by making a monetary gift. Operation costs range between R200 to R850 depending on the severity of the accident. Please help us save them.

With gratitude,

Marcelle du Plessis (Management Team)

Ps. Blackie’s owner brought her to the clinic last week for a check-up. She is doing so well, has completely recovered and is happy as ever. You can help the Mdzananda Animal Clinic save more pets like her by making a gift to our undermentioned bank account today. “Woof Woof Meow Meow, translated as, “Thank You!”

Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, Account 075595710, Code 025009, Reference: Easter+YourName

Re-launch of Education and Mobile Clinics at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic

by Mdzananda Animal Clinic

Dr Blessing Chiriseri, is a veterinarian at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The clinic recently re-launched its mobile outreach clinic services to communities. Blessing describes the new initiative.
Just over a year ago I finished vet school and moved to Cape Town to become part of the great Mdzananda Animal Clinic team. Shortly after arrival I found myself overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of roaming pets in the township. My initial reaction was probably what most people would have – that “No-one really cares for these poor animals”.

One year on, my perspective has taken a complete 360⁰ turn. Twelve-months and thousands of animals later has helped me made understand how much dedication there is from the Mdzananda team. However the greatest depiction of care and love has been countless numbers of people, young and old, pushing their pets in shopping carts from far and wide in search of help. I have completely immersed myself in this beautiful interaction.

A few months back we took time to take a closer look at the outreach program which was meant to serve the communities that were further away from the established Mdzananda structures. This step back afforded us the opportunity to assess the impact we had had over the years and a lot seemed out dated and inadequate. Shifts in lifestyle and the economics of the communities meant a lot required to be tailored to better suit the different areas and particular household structures, and particularly the times when people are at home and available to bring their pets to mobiles.

The major aspect that required and still requires immediate and meticulous attention is education. The interaction with clients has revealed how little animal health care information these owners are equipped with. However the community seems very keen to learn (a priceless tool).

Our new mobile outreach program is therefore a combination of specific days solely set aside for educating the communities and then satellite clinic days. Our satellite clinics are simply an extension of our consultation rooms which means we are now able to properly treat some animals at these sites and to identify and admit patients needing hospital care back at Mdzananda HQ. The methods we are going to use are entirely tailored to each area we will visit. The socio-economic situation of each household visited will be appraised and then given the utmost consideration. It is always important to realise that the quality of life of the animal will only be determined by that of its owner.

These are particularly exciting times for me and Mdzananda. We can only imagine the impact an outreach program like this is going to have on the pet population in this part of the continent. In conclusion I must say, the first day of our re-launch was a great success. The team really showed a different but positive kind of enthusiasm and we intend to keep it that way for decades to come. We are striving to make education Mdzananda’s long lasting legacy. – Dr Blessing Chiriseri, Veterinarian

You can assist our mobile clinics by sponsoring a pet per month. Each pet receives a vaccination and dewormer at the cost of R70 to us. Each unsterilized pet is also sterilized at the cost of R200 to us. If you are able to sponsor one pet a month for either of these treatments we will be extremely grateful. Please contact to become a monthly donor.

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Today is World Spay Day

By: Mdzananda Animal Clinic

On the last Tuesday of February, World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the lifesaving power of spay/neuter and the need for affordable services, particularly in low income communities.

Did you know?

  • An unspayed female dog, her mate and all of her puppies and their puppies’ puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed add up to 512 in 3 years and 67 000 in 6 years.
  • An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 3 surviving kittens per litter can total 376 in 3 years and 66 088 in 6 years.
  • If there are so many animals being born, how many are being euthanized?

At the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Khayelitsha, we have found that there are many superstitions and incorrect beliefs about sterilizing a pet. We have compiled ten reasons why to sterilize your pet.

  • Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.
  • Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer.
  • Your spayed female won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
  • Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
  • Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
  • Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
  • It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered cat escapes and gets into fights with the neighbourhood stray!
  • Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can cause car accidents, damage the local fauna, transmit diseases to other pets and become victims of human abuse. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
  • Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
  • Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

You can help save animals’ lives by participating in World Spay Day.

Sponsor Suzie and Sonja as they Cycle the Argus for Animals to raise funds for sterilizations. Sponsor them with a once off amount or an amount per kilometer (109km). R200 covers the cost of one sterilization.

Suzie and Sonja

Suzie and Sonja are pet lovers who always do their utmost to help animals in need – from volunteering to feeding street dogs to cycling the Argus tour. This will be Sonja’s 9th cycle tour and Suzie’s very first tour ever.

Sunday the 8th of March they will be ridging the full 109km race from Cape Town to False Bay and back. This is not only a physically challenging experience, but an experience of mental stamina. We are backing you all the way Suzie and Sonja – you can back them too by sponsoring them!

You can sponsor them on their Back a Buddy site or by making a donation to the below bank account.

Back a Buddy Site:

Bank Details: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, Account: 075595710, Code: 025009, Reference: Argus+YourName

About Mdzananda Animal Clinic ( The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is the only permanent, veterinary council registered animal clinic in Khayelitsha, a township just outside of Cape Town, South Africa, home to more than 1.6 million people and their animals. The clinic provides primary veterinary healthcare services including consultations, hospitalization, general and orthopaedic surgeries and mobile clinics. Their clients are primarily dogs and cats. The clinic has a strong focus on community empowerment and education to ensure responsible pet ownership into the future. It is also referred to as “The Happy Clinic” by clients and supporters. The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is made possible by IFAW (International Fund of Animal Welfare) since 2003 and individual donors and supporters.

Invitation to “Staying Young while Getting Old”

by Mdzananda Animal Clinic

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is hosting its end of year fundraiser at Friends of Vondi’s on the 12th of November, 7pm. Come enjoy this social event where likeminded animal lovers come together to listen to inspiring speakers, mingle, have a drink and snacks. Lucky draws, prizes and auction included. “Staying young whilst getting older without Botox Prozac or Viagra” will be presented by Professor Wayne Derman.

Staying Young while Getting Old

With “anti-ageing”, “preventative medicine” and “wellness” fast becoming key buzz words in personal health care and performance, this talk provides both an entertaining and intellectual perspective aimed at encouraging the listener to evaluate their current state of health & wellbeing from a holistic perspective. This talk describes the aging process and how it affects each of us. It evaluates which risk-factors to watch out for at each stage of life and details which evidence based strategies are effective in the anti-ageing and preventative medicine realm. Dr Derman motivates the listener to take control of their lives and adopt the “5 step plan” for life quality and longevity. Dr Derman is an animal lover and will be giving some tips for our furry friends too.

Professor Wayne Derman is a renowned sports, medicine and health journalist, lecturer at Sports and Exercise Medicine at UCT and was the Chief Medical Officer for both the South African Olympic and Paralympic teams. He served as flight surgeon to cosmonaut Mark Shuttleworth during the “First African in Space” mission in Russia and recently was the expert witness in the Oscar Pistorius trial.

“Professor Wayne Derman had our audience enthralled. He delivered his talk so naturally and eloquently and humorously told a fascinating story – one which we did not want to end – 9.4/10!”   –  Dena Bloch; Chapter Administrator Africa’s Gateway Chapter YPO

“A presentation exceptionally highly rated by our guests at 9.4/10! Pure enjoyment from all who attended” – Richard Van Rensburg; Education Chapter Cape Town Chapter YPO

Join us for a fun filled event with drinks, snacks, gifts and auctions. 12 November, 7:00 pm, R50 (donation to Mdzanadna Animal Clinic). Vondi’s Shop, 58 Regent Road, Sea Point
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About Mdzananda Animal Clinic (

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is the only permanent, veterinary council registered animal clinic in Khayelitsha, a township just outside of Cape Town, South Africa, home to more than 1.6 million people and their animals. The clinic provides primary veterinary healthcare services including consultations, hospitalization, general and orthopaedic surgeries and mobile clinics. Their clients are primarily dogs and cats. The clinic has a strong focus on community empowerment and education to ensure responsible pet ownership into the future. It is also referred to as “The Happy Clinic” by clients and supporters. The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is made possible by IFAW (International Fund of Animal Welfare) since 2003, Dogs Trust UK since 2012 and individual donors and supporters.

A homeless man and his Dog

Today I saw the most beautiful moment between a homeless man and his pet.

Every morning I take my two rescue dogs Baloo and Maddie around the block for a morning stroll and a breath of fresh air outside my home office in Sea Point. This morning it was particularly cold. Maddie and Baloo had their warm jackets on and we faced the Cape Town wind and rain together.

Most mornings we stop off at the corner café to buy airtime, milk, coffee or whatever we need for the day. The café staff know Baloo and Maddie by now and always greet them with a smile. Most of the time there are some homeless people gathering around the entrance hoping to receive a few coins. Some also gather inside the store to get a loaf of bread or to read the newspaper.

Today a new friend was waiting for us at the corner café. Her name was Shadey. While waiting in the queue to pay I noticed a man and a dog enter the café. Along with them came a sense of extreme love. I watched them every moment until I was finished paying. This is when I met Shadey and her owner. Her owner, a poor, hungry, homeless man was putting a blue doggy raincoat on Shadey. He lovingly put the hood on her head and buttoned it up along her tummy. Shadey loved every moment. She just stood there and let her owner dress her.

Baloo, Maddie and I approached them and I told the owner how beautiful Shadey was and that she looked healthy and very happy. He told me that he loved her so much and that he bought a rain jacket for her to keep her warm. I did not ask him how he could afford such a fancy rain jacket for Shadey but my feeling was that he had saved every coin he got to buy it for her. I kept complimenting Shadey while Baloo and Maddie gave her kisses. Shadey’s owner was very proud of her and had a big smile on his face every time I called her beautiful. His entire body language was one of joy and pride.

This is exactly why I have committed my life to helping and protecting animals. At the Mdzananda Animal Clinic Khayelitsha we see this love between human and pet so often. Many people believe that township members should not have pets. We have a different opinion. We see the joy that pets bring to the lives of humans. We see the lessons that pets teach humans including responsibility, respect for life, compassion, non-violence and what it feels like to have a best friend who loves you unconditionally. These qualities spill out into their everyday lives and relationships with other humans.

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is the only permanent, veterinary registered animal clinic in Khayelitsha township which is home to over a million people. It is estimated that there is one dog or cat for every 6 people – a staggering 167 000 companion animals.

Working at Mdzananda I see thousands of community members bring their beloved pets to receive help through our consultations, hospital, surgery theater and mobile clinics. What we give to the community members is a bit of a miracle – we take their sick, hurt pets and cure them. We also educate the owners about better ways of looking after their pets and becoming responsible pet owners. At Mdzananda we treat up to 1000 dogs and cats per month! That is a lot of little miracles!


To everyone who supports the Mdzananda Animal Clinic and other welfare organisations, thank you for allowing us to help animals and people like Shadey and her owner.

I would like to encourage every single person to support an animal NPO that works hard at helping animals and their owners. R50 – R100 per month might not be a lot to you but it makes a huge impact on the NPO that you support.

If you would like to become part of the Mdzananda family you can become a Paw Member by committing to a monthly donation of just R50 or more and receive your special Paw Member certificate.

We do understand that some people are not able to give during their lifetime but everyone can leave a legacy behind. Consider donating a small percentage of your Will to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic after looking after your family and friends. Even if you think it will not be much, you will be amazed at how a small amount can change the lives of animals in need. Such a gift would make you a guardian angel to the pets of Khayelitsha and allow us to achieve great things long after you have gone.

If you need assistance with any of the above please contact me. I would love to hear from you. Email or call me on 0823577613. We also love receiving visitors and our resident clinic pets would love to have you there for a cup of Khayelitsha coffee.

With sincere gratitude (and wags!)
Marcelle van Zyl (and Baloo)
Fundraising and Communications Manager

Books for Woofs Book Drive

by Mdzananda Animal Clinic

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic Khayelitsha is having a Book Drive for our annual charity book sale at Cavendish Square Mall on 28 – 31 August. We are appealing to you to donate your second hand books to us before the 26th Aug especially the new contemporary books.

Drop Spots:
2a Pavilion Place 281 Beach Road Sea Point (24h security)
Mowbray Veterinary Clinic
84 Durban Road 4 Bay Beach Ave
Sunset Links Milnerton (arrange: gretha 0834504563)
Kenridge Tygerberg Animal Hospital, 78 De Bron St

Book Drive