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’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.
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