Keep pets warm this winter

2018-06-21 06:00

With winter temperatures settling in Cape Town, the pets of the Khayelitsha township are feeling the effects. The team at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic have, for the third year in a row, created an easy way for the public to help keep these pets warm.

“We are excited to launch this year’s Wagging Winter Shoebox Drive. We know that the public wants to help the township pets in winter but does 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 manager.

During winter the Mdzananda Animal Clinic is packed to the brim, she says, with pets that need medical assistance increasing during this time.

“Many township pets are not allowed into homes even when it is cold and raining outside. Many do not have kennels or any form of shelter and as a result the number of pets in hypothermic states arriving at our doors increases,” says Du Plessis.

“We are however happy to announce that we have seen an increase in community members investing in kennels for their furry friends. The clinic has also, in partnership with the Purple Kennel Project, been able to hand out a number of kennels for pets needing shelter. We will also be hosting a kennel building event on Mandela Day.”

During winter the clinic also sees an increase in animals with broken bones as people’s caution on the roads tends to decrease in rainy weather, resulting in animals being run over by cars. With the Wagging Winter Shoebox Drive you can help one pet stay warm at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic this winter. “Not everyone has the funds to donate towards looking after a pet but many people are able to pack a shoebox full of goodies,” says Du Plessis.

The steps in packing your shoebox are easy:

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 the drop spots

Goods suggested for placement in boxes include Hills A/D tinned food for recovering pets, Milko Pup or Kitty Milk for bottle-fed puppies and kittens, soft food, pellet food, a hot water bottle or heating beanbag, blankets, washing powder to wash blankets, a roll of black bags for daily disposal of dirty newspaper cage lining, leads and collars, chewy treats, catnip treats and cat litter.

The drop spots to deliver your shoeboxes include:

. Mdzananda Animal Clinic, 21297 Govan Mbeki Road, Khayelitsha

. 2A Pavilion Place, 281 Beach Road, Sea Point (24h security)

. Mowbray Veterinary Clinic, 84 Durban Road

. Woodstock: Contact Kerry-Lee on 082 297 6048

. Capri Village: Contact Debora on 082 3666 726

. Constantia Hills/Tokai: Contact Ann on 082 414 4771

. Higgovale/Oranjezicht: Contact Stefanie on 082 390 1670

V For more information, visit the Mdzananda Animal Clinic’s website at www.mdzananda.co.za.

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