Winter has settled in Cape Town with rain and icy temperatures. The township of Khayelitsha has an estimate of 130 000 to 300 000 companion animals and the team at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic is encouraging members of the public to help keep these pets warm this winter.
“We are excited to launch our fourth annual Wagging Winter Shoebox drive,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager of Mdzananda Animal Clinic. “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,” says du Plessis.
During winter the Mdzananda Animal Clinic is packed to the brim. Pets needing medical assistance tend to increase during this time.
“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,” says du Plessis. “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.
Build a Kennel for a township Dog
We will also be hosting two Kennel Building events for Mandela Day: One on the 20th of July for the public and the other 18th of July for workgroups. People are invited to join us.”
During winter the Clinic also sees an increased number of broken bones as people’s caution on the roads tends to decrease in rainy weather, knocking over animals.
With the Wagging Winter Shoebox drive, you can help one pet stay warm at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic 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,” says du Plessis.
The steps are easy to packing your Wagging Winter Shoebox:
- 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 our drop spots
Goods suggested to place 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 and cat litter.
The drop 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
If you prefer to sponsor a shoebox or half a 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