Root Cause: Khayelitsha Pet Shelter Seeks Public ‘Monetary’ Help to Repair Flood Damage

The animals had to seek shelter amid last week’s torrential rain in Cape Town

  • An animal shelter in Khayelitsha needs help after being damaged by flooding.
  • The modernization of the shelter will cost just under 100,000 Rand.
  • The organization said it needs to upgrade its shelter to prevent future flooding and ensure their homeless dogs have a warm place to stay until permanent homes are found.

A Khayelitsha animal shelter is in desperate need of help after being flooded due to torrential rain last week in the Western Cape.

The Mdzananda veterinary clinic said it was housing homeless dogs, which had to be moved to their small hospital cages during the flooding as they had no other space for them.

Shelter spokesperson Marcelle du Plessis told News24 it was only the start of winter and the animals were already grappling with the extreme weather conditions.

“Last week we found a 10 year old dog roaming the streets in the rain. Her feet were worn out and her joints ached from arthritis. He had no hair on his back and was covered in fleas. We searched for its owners, but could not find them. We named it OG, ”said Du Plessis.

She said OG had been given warm food, a soft bed and medicine for her pain, but when the shelter flooded they urgently had to make room for OG and the other dogs in the area. hospital unit.

OG is now safe and warm as it is hosted by a member of staff in the meantime. He has gained weight, the hair on his back has grown and he likes to wear his cozy jacket.

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OG was rescued by the shelter after being found walking through the streets of Khayelitsha during the torrential rain.

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He is now waiting for a perfect family to adopt him.

Du Plessis says they urgently need to upgrade their shelter to avoid future flooding and ensure their homeless dogs have a warm place to stay until permanent homes can be found for them.

The modernization of the shelter will cost the organization just under 100,000 Rand.

“We didn’t expect to have to make such an upgrade. Winter also brings with it an increase in spending. Our electricity is increased by 50% to keep our patients and our facility warm. We also just spent R10,000 to fix a leak in our roof of the operating theater. “

The hospital is packed and the puppies arrive at their doorstep hypothermic.

The organization said when it rained as hard as last week, animals were often brought to them because they had been run over by cars.


Some animals had to be put in small cages amid the flooding of the shelter.

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“Our clinic treats up to 1,000 pets per month. With the cold weather, the animals may take longer to recover, so our hospital stays full. We are so grateful that we can help so many animals. our clinic and another animal organization in Khayelitsha, most pet owners would have little or no help for their animals because the private vet costs are too high for them, ”says Du Plessis.

The clinic is appealing to members of the public to make an emergency monetary donation to help them upgrade their shelter and care for the growing number of animal patients in the winter. Bank details: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, Account number: 075595710, Agency: Rondebosch, Agency code: 025009, Savings account, Reference: Winter + Your Name.

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