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Imagine Being Dumped Like This

Six little lives in a bucket… Just moments ago they were safe in their home, now they are piled on top of each other in a tiny space, left out in the cold.

It was a cold morning in September when two kind hearted community ­­­members from Khayelitsha were walking to work. They noticed a bucket on the side of the road but thought nothing of it.

Only when they reached it and heard squealing sounds did they realise what they had found – a bucket filled with 6 small puppies, each approximately four weeks old. Imagine being dumped like this!

They scooped up the bucket and rushed the pups to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic. Thank you kind hearted men for caring for these little souls.

Imagine Being Dumped Like This

Six puppies left to fend for themselves in a tiny bucket / image: www.mdzananda.co.za

At Mdzananda they were met with gentle caring arms, good food and warm blankets. Remarkably they were in good condition and all received their first de-wormer and vaccination. You are safe now little ones.

Stories like these are all too common in a township like Khayelitsha where there is a vast amount of free roaming pets, many of which have not yet been sterilized.

Puppies are bred to sell for income. Many unexpected litters are born. When the mouths become too many to feed they are left to fend for themselves.

At Mdzananda we are grateful that many community members are responsible pet owners and hand their pups over to us when they can no longer look after them.

We are grateful for the vast amount of community members who care for animals bringing strays and dumped pets to Mdzananda for help. The animals of Khayelitsha thank you!

When pets are handed over they need tender loving care, good food, vaccinations, dewormers and most of them require medical care and need to be admitted to our hospital or theatre. The costs add up.

This spring we ask you to open your hearts to the ones who cannot look after themselves. Your donation will help us care for the many unwanted pets left at our door.

We would be so grateful if you could make a donation, big or small, before kitten season sets in. Kittens are in abundance towards the end of September until the end of the year.

Last year our cat ward was filled to the brim with unwanted kittens during this period. This is the time when the number of kittens vastly exceed the number of homes available. They will stay with us until we can find homes for them.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my request.


This article shows just how much work there is to do for the employees and volunteers at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic. This is an issue that is close to our hearts, so we will continue to support the clinic as best we can. If you would like to donate to their cause SMS ‘Donate Dog’ to 48748 at R10.

Mdzananda Animal Clinic

Re-united families at Mdzananda Animal Clinic



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