Pooch parade on Promenade raises funds for animal care

The second annual Paws on the Promenade Charity event takes place this weekend.

The second annual Paws on the Promenade fundraiser for the Khayelitsha-based Mdzananda animal clinic, takes place on Sunday, March 19.

Marcelle du Plessis, the clinic’s fundraising and communications manager – and organiser of the event – said the debut event in 2016 had raised R12 000.

“The location of the Sea Point Promenade was a perfect location. Last year we had about 100 dogs and 150 people that took part.”

She said the event was also an opportunity for them to raise awareness about what they do at the clinic. “Some people might be reluctant to visit the township so not many people know what we do.” The clinic serves an average of 700 animals a month through consultations, hospitalisation, general and orthopaedic surgeries, continuous sterilizations, mobile clinics and an animal ambulance. Mdzananda has a strong focus on community empowerment and education to ensure responsible pet ownership. Ms Du Plessis said the primary focus of the clinic was its veterinary services but they also did outreach programmes that included mobile clinics, educational outreach programmes and workshops responsible pet ownership. “We have an activity book for children and we are hoping to launch a wider outreach programme later this year which will go into schools.”

Entry to the event is R35 a person and R35 a dog. You can pre-register by emailing info@mdzananda.co.za or by visiting Vondi’s Holistic Pet Food, 59 Regent Road, Sea Point. Registration will start at 8am on the day of the event. Starting at the Mouille Point light house, the route will extend to the Sea Point swimming pool and back.