About Us

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic was established in 1996 by a community hero who wanted to help his neighbors' pets. Mr Jo from the Khayelitsha community pushed a trolley and water bucket around, bathing and feeding community pets. He soon attracted volunteers to assist him. A shipping container was donated and this became a Saturday-only clinic, run by volunteer veterinarians. Today the clinic is a fully-fledged animal hospital serving up to 1500 pets per month through consultations, hospitalization, operations (general, orthopedic, and continuous sterilizations), an animal ambulance, mobile clinics, pet adoptions, and humane education. The organization has a strong focus on embracing and working with the community to help them become sustainable pet owners into the future.


Vision and Mission:


Vision: "Companionship and Community Care for every animal."

Mission: "Enhancing wellbeing for animals and their community through veterinary health care, education, and partnerships."


Community Focus:


The Mdzananda Animal Clinic strives to see a community that cares for every animal be it a pet, neighbour's pet, stray or farm animal. A community that loves animals is a healthy community. By looking after an animal people learn responsibility, respect for life, compassion and non-violence.


Mdzananda works on enhancing the wellbeing of animals and their human companions through providing low cost veterinary health care services, education and by forming partnerships inside and outside of the community.


We have a strong focus on community empowerment and education and focus on understanding the community’s needs, embracing this, gaining their respect and trust.







Our consultation room is the first stop for any animal coming to the clinic. Here a pet is examined and assessed. Minor treatments can be administered here after which pets can be sent home. For more severe treatments pets are admitted to hospital. 



Our hospital facility is where pets receive full day and over night treatment until they are ready to be discharged. Animals that have undergone surgery also receive post surgery treatment here. 



Our theatre facility is equipped with an operating theatre, orthopeadic tools for orthopeadic surgeries and a x-ray room. All opperations happen here. We encourage every owner to have their pet sterilized.



Door-to-door education runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Our mobile team goes door to door educating the community members on animal health care. They also assess the home and animal's environment and make suggestions as to how the owners can inprove the animal's quality of life. Follow ups are done to ensure for change. 


On-site education is done daily with every person bringing their animal to our consulting rooms.


We host a variety of education events in conjunction with other community projects to educate both children and adults on animal welfare and care.


We form a part of the life skills curriculum in schools where we teach children about animal care.


Mobile Clinics

Mobile clinics run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These are an extention of our on site consultation room and enable people to get help for their pets when they are too far away from the clinic to bring their pets themselves. Pets are vaccinated, dewormed and receive flea and tick treatment as a standard procedure. Animals that need further assistance are transported to the clinic and admitted to hospital. They are returned to owners when they are better. 


Stray Adoptions

Often community members find strays roaming the streets. They assist them by bring them to Mdzananda. They remain with us until we are able to find them suitable homes.


Strays dogs are kept in our kennel facilities which have large roaming grounds with grass to play on.  Stray cats stay in our cattery which has a cozy inside space as well as an outside play area per unit. 



When emergencies are reported our ambulance service will fetch a pet from their home or place where the accident occured. They are taken to Mdzananda where they are admitted for treatment.



An on site vetshop sells everything that a pet would need at low prices which are affordable to the community. Items include good food, leads, collars, jackets, blankets, toys, treats, kennels and shampoo to name a few.



The animal clinic has three animal welfare inspectors who investigate abuse and neglect cases. The first approach is always to educate before prosecute unless if there was deliberate cruelty.


Fencing project

Mdzananda builds fences for community members whose homes are not secure. This helps their pet stay safe from being run over by cars in the road and also provides safe homes for pets to be adopted.



Mass sterilisation


Sterilisation is of utmost importance. The increasing population means insufficient homes or overcrowded homes which can lead to intentional and unintentional neglect and we constantly strive to increase the number of pets we sterilise. This is done through:


1.       Main clinic


Every animal that comes for treatment is sterilised. In the case of puppies, treatment is given if the mom is sterilised. If pet owners do not want to sterilise, we refer them to private facilities as such people are usually breeding. We, however, always first attempt education and many people change their minds and proceed with sterilisation.


2.       Satellite Sterilisation Clinic


Previously known as SA MAST (South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust), this animal clinic asked us to take over in June 2022. The organisation was absorbed by Mdzananda and the facility now serves as the Mdzananda Satellite Sterilisation Clinic.


Support and Funding

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic prides itself in doing all its own fundraising. The organisation has grown in leaps and bounds and as a result we are constantly expanding our income generation activities through applying for support from various trusts, foundations and funding organisations; the development of a Paw Member programme (monthly donors); two events per year; consistent and relevant public relations activities and self-generated income through sales of pet products and services. The organisation costs 15 million rand per year.