500 Khayelitsha dogs to be sterilised in one month

6th Feb, 2024

Written by, and photos supplied by, Mdzananda Animal Clinic – Fundraising and Communications Executive: Marcelle du Plessis

Four local animal welfare organisations are joining forces to launch a ground-breaking sterilisation project in Khayelitsha, targeting 500 female dogs between the 6th of February and mid-March 2024.

The collaboration aims to combat overpopulation in the Khayelitsha township, which has an estimate of 300,000 companion animals. Dr Annelize Roos from EnviroVet CVC approached the National Sterilisation Project and Dancers Love Dogs to secure funding.

The sterilisations will be performed by Mdzananda Animal Clinic and EnviroVet CVC at Mdzananda’s hospital in Khayelitsha.

Sr Heidi May, General Manager of Mdzananda Animal Clinic, says that the collaboration exemplifies the shared commitment to animal welfare. She says that, if one female, her mate and all the puppies aren’t sterilised, approximately 16 puppies can be born in one year. With 500 sterilisations, the potential of 8,000 unwanted puppies is prevented.

This endeavour will make a larger-than-usual positive impact on the pets in Khayelitsha,” says Dr Roos from Envirovet CVC.

Members of Khayelitsha are encouraged to register their pets for sterilisation before the 6th of February by visiting the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, calling their reception on 021 367 6001, or sending an SMS to 068 385 9655.

The organisations have expressed immense gratitude to the National Sterilisation Project and Dancers Love Dogs for funding this initiative.

The NSP is passionate about South Africa’s animals, which deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. By working in partnership with the community, we can make a substantial difference in protecting these animals,” says Debra Buys from NSP.

To follow this project, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic will launch a second project to sterilise another 500 animals. To support this further initiative, the public can sponsor a sterilisation by emailing info@mdzananda.co.za or by donating to Mdzananda Animal Clinic:

Standard Bank
Account no: 075595710
Branch code: 025009
Savings Account, with the reference Steri + Your Name.

Find out more about Mdzananda Animal Clinic here: https://www.happytailsmagazine.co.za/news-articles/mdzananda-animal-clinic/

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