KHAYELITSHA, South Africa – In the weeks around the Christmas holidays, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic sees an enormous influx of dogs and cats handed in or abandoned at their clinic.
The clinic, in Khayelitsha, a community near Cape Town, was full to capacity with every available space being used to care for the neglected and abandoned animals.
Normally, the center provides veterinary care to community pets and treats up to seven hundred animals per month but, during the holiday period, the number rises substantially.
To add to the seasonal challenge, the clinic was also dealing with a Parvovirus outbreak with eight dogs in quarantine with the virus.
Animal abuse and neglect are a part of everyday life in townships across South Africa, with some of the poorest communities in Khayelitsha being home to the most vulnerable animals in the greater Cape Flats area.
The veterinary center desperately needs people from the public to assist them with the influx of homeless pets.
They ask people to consider fostering or adopting the patients.