Khaya - Adopted dog Becomes Mascot for Khayelitsha Based Animal Clinic!
Photo Cred: Bryony McCormick

Khaya has become the four-legged leader of a trail running community called Chicks Who Trail in Cape Town and a mascot for the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha!


Western Cape, South Africa (17 April 2021) – Bryony McCormick adopted Khaya, a black and white pavement special, from the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha. Since then, Khaya has become the four-legged leader of a trail running community called Chicks Who Trail in Cape Town.

Now Khaya has become a mascot for the animal clinic too, to help them through the difficult times of COVID-19.

“I attended a kennel building event at Mdzananda for Madiba day. I wasn’t planning on adopting a dog – I just wanted to say hi to the shelter pets – and this little thing came bounding over all the dogs, lifted up her paws and scratched my face from forehead to chin. That was our meeting. Two weeks later, I couldn’t get her out of my mind, and I brought her home,” says McCormick.

Today Khaya joins all the Chicks Who Trail runs. “Every week, she goes and greets everybody with her ears back. She’s always happy to see everyone. Happiness is 100% what she brings to this group.”

Bryony heard of Mdzananda’s challenges during COVID-19. They lost funding, were robbed three times, were hijacked twice and are losing monthly donors due to hard times. She signed up as a Paw Member and committed to donating R100 per month. She then took it upon herself and Khaya to encourage all runners, especially those running with rescue dogs, to sign up as Paw Members.

Khaya - Adopted dog Becomes Mascot for Khayelitsha Based Animal Clinic!
Photo Cred: Bryony McCormick

A heartwarming and inspiring video was compiled featuring Bryony and Khaya and the adventures they have been on. Bryony speaks about her experience of adopting a Mdzananda dog and why she supports the work they do.

“Our organisation serves up to 1000 community pets per month that would otherwise have little to no access to veterinary services,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager. “We help find homes for stray pets and have a strong focus on community empowerment and education to ensure for responsible pet ownership into the future.”

Du Plessis says that COVID-19 has brought many challenges. They hope to have 1000 Paw Members sign up, each donating R100 (or whatever they can afford) per month. To date, 610 members have signed up.

“We have nearly reached our goal to ease lockdown struggles and hope another 290 members will open up their hearts to township pets.”

“I hope that my video will inspire runners and animal lovers to sign up as Paw Members so that the Clinic can help more community pets,” says McCormick.

Watch the video below:

To sign up as a Paw Member, visit, email or visit their website to find out more.

Sources: Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha
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