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Meet Khayelitsha’s adorable pets

Volunteer facility provides essential medical care to residents’ best friends

Photo of man and dog
Sonwabile Manziwa poses with Danger the dog at Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha.
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Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha is both a free clinic for the township’s pet owners and a pet adoption centre. “It is often of the opinion that people in townships should not own pets. We have a different opinion. Anyone who visits Mdzananda has the pleasure of meeting owners who adore their animals,” says the clinic’s website. Masixole Feni went to visit. 

The clinic depends on donations to treat a thousand animals a month.
Danny de Vries and Ronnie Khulu do an X-ray on a dog hit by a car.
One of the many stray dogs that has found a place of safety at the clinic.
Charles Ntutu takes his dog Sputnik to the clinic.
Tsepang and Zakhele take their puppy for deworming.
Phindile Mdane takes Trompie the puppy for vaccinations. 
Sipho Sethu, who is in high school, holds a kitten. He volunteers at the clinic on most weekends.
Ronnie Khulu takes a dog for an X-ray.
People wait patiently for their pets to be seen by the vet.
Sputnik waits to be seen by the vet.

Find out more about Mdzananda Animal Clinic.

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