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The Mdzananda Animal Clinic has launched its annual Wagging Winter Shoebox campaign; the public is invited to fill a box with pet goodies to help a township pet stay warm this winter.


Khayelitsha, South Africa (07 June 2023) – Winter has set in Cape Town with icy temperatures and heavy rains. The Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha says that the pets of Khayelitsha township are feeling its effect.

To make a difference in the lives of these animals, the organisation has created an easy way for the public to help keep Khayelitsha pets warm. Members of the public are encouraged to take part in the annual Wagging Winter Shoebox drive.

“We know many members of the public become distressed about the cold weather and the effect it has on township animals. We know people want to help 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 Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Executive.

During winter the Mdzananda Animal Clinic is packed to the brim. Pets needing medical assistance tend to increase during this time. Some reasons include hypothermia as well as broken bones due to people driving recklessly in bad weather and running pets over.

“Most pets live outside. Many do have kennels, but there are also many who don’t. Hypothermia is always a concern if pets are outside in very cold and rainy weather,” says du Plessis.

Some of the shoebox contents donated last year.

“We are, however, happy to say that there is a new level of pet guardian in Khayelitsha. We’ve seen an increase in community members investing in kennels for their furry friends. Our clinic is bursting at the seams as more and more people bring their pets to us for help showing an increased understanding of their pets’ needs. There is also an increase in the sale of leads and collars, flea and tick products and good pet food, all showing more educated pet guardians. This is definitely thanks to our continued and increased education programmes,” says Sr Heidi May, General Manager.

Marcelle du Plessis says that they know members of the public want to help pets during the cold winter time and the Wagging Winter Shoebox drive is an easy, fun way for people to do so.

The steps are easy to packing your Wagging Winter Shoebox:

  1. Find a shoebox (or any box)
  2. Choose which pet you would like to pack for (puppy, kitten, dog or cat)
  3. Pack it full of goodies for your chosen pet
  4. 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, cat litter, a hot water bottle or heating beanbag, automatic washing powder to wash blankets, a roll of black bags for daily disposal of dirty newspaper cage lining, leads and collars and dog jackets.

The drop spots to deliver your shoeboxes include:

  • Khayelitsha: Mdzananda animal clinic (21297 Govan Mbeki road, Mandela Park)
  • Sea Point: Vetpoint (Corner of Clarens Road and Kloof Road)
  • Mowbray: Mowbray Veterinary Clinic (84 Durban Road)
  • Newlands
  • Pinelands
  • Wynberg: Hillside veterinary clinic (14 Bay View Road)
  • Milnerton
  • Welgemoed
  • Edgemead
  • Brackenfell
  • Kraaifontein
  • Gordons Bay
  • False Bay
  • Constantia/Tokai
  • Kirstenhof / Tokai
  • Orangezicht

Please email the team here for contact numbers for a drop-off in your area.

If you prefer to sponsor a shoebox instead of packing a box this is also very welcome. You are also welcome to sponsor half a box or any amount towards a box – all donations are appreciated.

  • Puppy Shoebox – R520
  • Dog Shoebox – R380
  • Kitten Shoebox – R480
  • Cat Shoebox – R320

You can make your virtual box donation using the details below:

Bank Details:

Mdzananda Animal Clinic,
Standard Bank,
Account number: 075595710,
Branch: Rondebosch,
Branch Code: 025009,
Savings Account.
Use the relevant reference: Pupbox + your name / Dogbox + yourname / Catbox + yourname / Kittenbox + yourname

For more information visit the Mdzananda Animal Clinic’s website on

Sources: Mdzananda Animal Clinic
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