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The luxury dog hotel has committed to donate blankets to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha to keep the dogs warm this chilly winter.


Over the past couple of weeks, Cape Town has enjoyed a significant amount of rain. According to the City of Cape town rain in the catchment areas has increased Western Cape dam levels to a progressive 29,8% and the rainfall for this year is much higher than the same time last year.

“As much as we are celebrating the fantastic rainfall, winter is always a challenging time at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha. Pets needing medical assistance tend to increase during this time due to many cases of hypothermia showing up at our door. We also see an increased number of broken bones as people tend to drive badly in rainy weather, knocking over animals,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager of Mdzananda.

There is an estimate of 130 000 to 300 000 pets in the Khayelitsha township. This is based on the 2011 census counting 400 000 residents and the more realistic figure of closer to one million people living in the township. Each household tends to have two pets with an average of six people.

“Apart from veterinary treatment we have also been able to hand out a number of kennels to pets without shelter. We will be hosting a Kennel Building event on Mandela Day for more kennels to be built and handed to pets in need,” says du Plessis.

“We are grateful to see that many community pet owners have invested in providing their pets shelter or allow their pets to sleep indoors during rainy weather, but many do not have this luxury. Many of them also have no access to warm blankets.”

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic has partnered with the atFrits Dog Hotel to ensure that as many pets as possible receive warm winter blankets this winter.

We previously shared a story about how the clinic had lost one of its biggest funders due to the economic crisis in Europe. atFrits has stepped up to assist the clinic as much as possible.

The dog hotel heard about the Clinic’s funding crisis as well as the need for support during winter and decided to partner with Mdzananda to make a large scale impact.

“When we heard that Mdzananda had lost their main funder and I was extremely worried. They do essential work in the community of Khayelitsha and we cannot allow them to close their doors due to lack of funding. I knew the atFrits team and I had to help,” says Yanic Klue, owner of the atFrits Dog Hotel.

Mdzananda launched their “Become a #PawMember campaign” on the 27th of March with the aim of raising 3000 Paw Members, each donating R100 per month to cover their financial deficit.

“I just love Mdzananda’s Paw Member campaign. It is proactive and we wanted to become a part of it,” says Klue.

atFrits has committed to donate one warm winter blanket for every new person who signs up as a Paw Member.

“In this way, we are not only helping Mdzananda financially but we are also ensuring that the pets are warm this winter,” says Klue.

“The winter blankets are made by underprivileged ladies who also struggle to get by so each blanket makes an even larger impact.”

At Frits and Mdzananda launched a video showing the work done by Mdzananda and the At Frits team speaking of why they support the organisation, the Paw Member campaign and blanket drive.

“Through the video we hope to encourage many more people to sign up as Paw Members to bring the clinic financial stability and so that we can donate more blankets to the pets of Khayelitsha. We have already put 200 blankets into production and we believe that the public will step up and sign up.”

If you can assist, sign up as a Paw Member on and atFrits Dog Hotel will donate a blanket to a Khayelitsha pet in need in honour of your sign up.

Make sure to add “atFrits” to your name when signing up. For more information contact

Sources: Supplied
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