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Every December the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha sees a huge spike in animal handovers and abandonments, this year they hope to inspire some Christmas cheer so each animal feels loved.


Khayelitsha, South Africa (04 December 2023) – The Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha has launched its #MyFirstChristmas campaign to help animals over the Christmas period. The NPO animal clinic and shelter has seen an enormous increase in pets being handed over or abandoned at their clinic leading up to the festive season. These pets will be alone for Christmas and the organisation’s staff aim to make it a bit more joyous for each of them.

The campaign aims to introduce homeless pets up for adoption to members of the public and to encourage people to sponsor them to show them some extra love on Christmas Day.

“Most shelter pets have never experienced Christmas,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Executive.

“Christmas is usually a joyous day but my heart always breaks for the pets at our shelter facility who are spending it without a family. This year we hope to make it a bit more special for them. Members of the public can sponsor a shelter pet to have a Christmas day experience. Our staff and volunteers will, in turn, make their day special”, says du Plessis.

There are a variety of sponsoring options including:

  • R100 – A good cuddle
  • R200 – A good cuddle and a treat
  • R300 – A good cuddle, treat and playtime
  • R500 – All the above and because you can and think our staff are awesome

Or you can keep them healthy this Christmas:

  • R30 – let’s kill those worms
  • R40 – get rid of nasty fleas and ticks
  • R70 – a vaccination to stay healthy
  • R100 – yummy food for one week
  • R500 – sponsor me for a month

You can choose your special pet by visiting the Mdzananda Animal Clinic’s Facebook or Instagram pages @MdzanandaAnimalClinic.

“The dogs and cats up for adoption have been at our clinic’s shelter facility for weeks or even months. Ben, a medium cross breed, is a blind boy, patiently waiting for a family who will give him a comfortable home. Boogie, with just one eye and a wonky hind leg, has stolen all the staff’s hearts and is just one of the many waiting for a home,” says du Plessis.

If you would like to sponsor a pet to have a Charismas experience, make a donation to Mdzananda Animal Clinic:

Standard Bank,
Account number: 075595710,
Branch: Rondebosch,
Branch Code: 025009,
Reference: Your chosen pet’s name +Your Name or

Sources: Press Release
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