The event organised by Mdzananda Animal Clinic was attended by 90 yoga lovers and dog lovers from different areas.
The clinic serves an average of 700 animals per month through consultations, hospitalisation, general and orthopaedic surgeries, ongoing sterilisations, mobile clinics and an animal ambulance. Mdzananda has a strong focus on community empowerment and education to ensure responsible pet ownership into the future.
Those attending enjoyed an hour-long, gentle-flow yoga class while meeting a variety of homeless dogs up for adoption. The class was led by local yoga instructor Lee-Ann Elliott, and was guided by Tombstone Pete’s live acoustic music.
Marcelle du Plessis, fundraising and communications manager, says: “Our first Downward-Facing-Adopt-a-Dog took place in October last year. This year we had more people attending which was really good. We managed to raise R10 400 and one little dog was adopted which is really nice,” she says.
Mdzananda experienced an enormous influx of homeless pets during the festive season. They usually cater for 10 dogs and 10 cats in their small stray unit and currently have 30 of each.
“Our small stray unit is packed to the brim,” says Du Plessis. “Being an animal hospital, our focus is medical treatment for pets of the Khayelitsha community. We do, however, not turn pets away and have found ourselves with a stray unit that is currently filled over capacity. We had numerous pets handed over to us during the festive season, some even tied to our gates or thrown over the walls at night.”