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Lynton Adams of the Mdzananda Animal Clinic and Dr. Rightwell Munyuki, owner and veterinarian of the Blue Downs Animal Clinic. PHOTO: provided
Mdzananda Veterinary Clinic in Khayelitsha has embarked on a mass neutering initiative to curb the growing pet population in the area.
According to the clinic’s estimate, approximately 300,000 pets live in the township, many of which are unsterilized.
Earlier this year, Mdzananda in partnership with Blue Downs Animal Hospital, launched a satellite sterilization clinic to combat population growth.
“The community’s pet population is skyrocketing. Backyard breeding is prevalent because sales of puppies and kittens generate income,” said Marcelle du Plessis, fundraising and communications manager for Mdzananda.
She said there was also a massive increase in the township’s size and population as people migrated to the Cape from other provinces, bringing their animals with them.
“There are many superstitions around female dogs that must produce at least one litter and that males will lose their ‘manliness’ and cease to protect homes if neutered. Increased population means insufficient housing or housing overcrowded, which can lead to intentional and unintentional neglect,” she warned.
The clinic has extensive education programs on the importance of sterilization. Each year, he sterilizes around 1,500 pets. “It’s not enough,” said Heidi May, chief executive of Mdzananda.
May said that due to the facility’s ability to provide medical care to more than 1,000 animals per month, they are unable to do more.
“We have limited space in our operating room and limited vets who also have to care for all the patients in our hospital and shelter,” May said.
The clinic needed to find a creative solution to have a greater impact in the community and did so by creating a satellite sterilization partnership clinic.
“We believe in partnerships and that by sticking together we can do even more good,” May said.
They teamed up with Dr. Rightwell Munyuki, owner and veterinarian of Blue Downs Animal Clinic, whose practice serves as the satellite spay/neuter clinic for this newly launched program.
“In just five months, we have already sterilized 353 additional animals.”
The launch of this program was made possible by the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in the United Kingdom (UK). They sponsored one year’s running costs and neutering costs for 720 animals this year.
However, the program has been so well received that they are already getting more. “We have limited funding for this program and we don’t want to stop sterilization because of funding constraints. We are asking the public to become #SteriSuppawters to reach more animals,” du Plessis urged.
“We would like to reach more animals than the 720 targeted for this year. We can do it, but we need to find more funding to make it a reality,” added May.
“We want to encourage the public to register as #SteriSuppawters and sponsor a sterilization.”
To become a #SteriSuppawter, sign up for a monthly debit order of R100 to spay two pets per year or R50 to spay one pet per year at www.mdzanandasecure.co.za. Or make a one-time donation of R650 to sterilize an animal. Bank details: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, Account number: 075595710, Branch: Rondebosch, Code: 025009, Savings account, Reference: Steri +Your name.
- For more information, visit their website at www.mdzananda.co.za or contact [email protected] A video of the partnership is available on your YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ZF9gVEEGuas