Give a Dog a Home

Saturday, November 1, 2008
Cape Town, South Africa
Khayalitsha’s homeless pooches will get some five star treatment this weekend, when a team from one of Cape Town’s top hotels swop silver service for community service to build kennels for dogs in the city’s largest township.

About 40 employees of the super smart Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays will spend Saturday risking splinters and broken nails, chopping wood, knocking nails and wielding paint brushes to build and decorate as many kennels as possible for dogs cared for by the Mdzananda Animal Clinic.

The hotel, which boasts a stellar guest list of world leaders and the rich and famous, has adopted Mdzananda as a beneficiary of its Corporate Social Investment Programme.

Mdzananda is Khayalitsha’s only full-time, on-site animal welfare clinic and has helped more than 50,000 animals since its inception in 1996. The clinic is a project of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org).

“Our staff has jumped at the chance to lend a hand to Mdzananda,” said Rima Tshishonga, public relations manager for the Westin Grand. “It’s the first time ever that our hotel has adopted an animal welfare project as part of our social responsibility portfolio. We’re very excited to be helping Mdzananda in their vital work to uplift the health and status of companion animals in our communities.

“Today’s kennel building is the first big event that we’ve planned with Mdzananda since adopting them in July. Hopefully our kennels will have a five star touch to them and will provide Khayalitsha’s pooches with comfortable shelter,” said Tshishonga.

Mdzananda Animal Clinic runs from renovated shipping containers in the Mandela Park area of Khayalitsha. It provides primary veterinary healthcare – dipping, de-worming, vaccination and free sterilisation – services for dogs and cats in the community.

In addition Mdzananda’s daily mobile clinics take services to more remote areas of the township.

“We are absolutely thrilled and very grateful to have the Westin Grand support us,” said Jane Levinson, Mdzananda’s Project Manager. “It’s very important for owners to have access to health care for their much loved pets. The support of the hotel will help us continue to provide the top quality veterinary service that is so deserved by the Khayalitsha community.

“After all at the end of every leash is an owner, and we know that our clients will be delighted that Mdzananda’s service will just get better with the support of the Westin Grand,” said Levinson.

Mdzananda runs daily mobile clinics and provides free sterilisation to pets in Kayalitsha. For more details please contact Mdzananda Animal Clinic on 021 367 2302.

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