It’s going to be downward-facing dogs with a difference at De Waal Park on Saturday.In a first, yogis will have the chance to practise with homeless dogs at a fundraiser for the Mdzananda Animal Clinic.The Downward-Facing-Adopt-a-Dog event on Saturday 27 October will include a one-hour gentle flow class, led by yoga teacher Lee-Ann Elliot, and live acoustic music by Tombstone Pete.The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is a permanent, veterinary council-registered, non-profit animal clinic in Khayelitsha. The clinic has a strong focus on community empowerment and education to ensure responsible pet ownership into the future.The event came about after the clinic received a larger than normal influx of homeless dogs in September. Being an non-profit animal hospital, the clinic is not set up to house stray dogs, but will never turn away an animal in need. “Our animal hospital serves up to 700 pets per month through consultations, hospitalisation, surgery, and sterilisation, general and orthopaedic, mobile clinics and an animal ambulance. Our outside runs were dedicated to patients for exercise but they have now been taken over by our strays and converted into a stray unit. We can house up to 20 stray dogs and 20 stray cats at a time. Sometimes we go over this limit, making the facility very crowded,” says fundraising and communications manager Marcelle du Plessis.The yoga event was created with the aim of bringing dogs for adoption to an easily accessible location. Du Plessis has urged people to visit the clinic to also experience the diversity and creativity of the community. The yoga class will start at 11:30 but participants should be there by 11:00 to get a good spot (and spend some time with the dogs). Bring a yoga mat or towel. The cost of the class is donation based and all funds raised will go to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic. V Visit their website on www.mdzananda.co.za.