Khayelitsha Animal Clinic launches programme aimed at doubling pet sterilisation

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha has launched a programme to sterilise more animals and curb the growing pet population in the area. According to their estimations, approximately 300 000 companion animals live in the township, many of which are unsterilised.

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic launched a satellite sterilisation clinic in January, in partnership with Blue Downs Animal Hospital in a neighbouring suburb to fight against the population growth.

PHOTO: Mdzananda Animal Clinic - Community members bringing pets for sterilisation

“The community’s pet population is skyrocketing. Backyard breeding is rife as puppy and kitten sales are income generators. There is also a massive increase in the township’s size and population as people move to Cape Town from other provinces bringing their animals with them,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Executive.

“There are many superstitions around female dogs needing to produce at least one litter and that males will lose their ‘manliness’ and stop protecting homes if sterilised. The increasing population means insufficient homes or overcrowded homes which can lead to intentional and unintentional neglect,” Du Plessis added.

The clinic has extensive education programmes teaching about the importance of sterilisation. Yearly the animal clinic sterilises around 1500 pets. The Mdzananda Animal Clinic have already sterilised 353 extra animals, since the start of 2022.

General Manager, Sr. Heidi May, says more needs to be done.

“This is not enough, but due to our capacity at our facility, providing medical treatment to over 1 000 animals per month, we are not able to do more. We have limited space in our operating theatre and limited veterinarians who also need to care for all patients in our hospital and shelter.”

The clinic had to find a creative solution to make a larger impact in the community and have done so by creating a Satellite Sterilisation Partnership Clinic.

“We believe in partnerships and that, through standing together, we can do even more good,” says Sr May.

They have partnered with Dr Rightwell Munyuki, the owner and veterinarian of Blue Downs Animal Clinic whose practice is serving as a satellite sterilisation clinic for this newly launched programme.

The launch of this programme was made possible by the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in the United Kingdom who sponsored one year’s running costs and sterilisation costs for 720 animals in 2022. The programme has, however, been so well received that they are already reaching more.

PHOTO: Mdzananda Animal Clinic - Dr. Brian Bergman sterilising a dog  

“We have limited funding for this programme and we don’t want to stop sterilising because of funding restraints. We ask the public to become #SteriSuppawters to reach more animals,” says du Plessis. 

Sr. May says funding is a challenge.

“We would like to reach more animals than the targeted 720 for this year. We can do it but we need to source more funding to make that a reality. We want to encourage the public to sign up as #SteriSuppawters and sponsor a sterilisation.” says Sr. May

To become a #SteriSuppawter sign up for a monthly debit order of R100 to sterilise two pets per year or R50 to sterilise one pet per year at Or donate a once off amount of R650 to sterilise one animal. Bank details: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, Account number: 075595710, Branch: Rondebosch, Code: 025009, Savings account, Reference: Steri +Your Name.

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Done By: Mitchum George


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