On Thursday the 6th of June, six stray dogs from the Mdzananda Animal Clinic were given a second chance at life by the @Frits Dog Hotel.


The NPO veterinary clinic in Khayelitsha had an enormous influx of abandoned dogs at the end of May. Having only a small shelter unit catering for a maximum of 15 dogs, the Clinic was at a 247% capacity with 37 homeless dogs. An appeal was made to the public, urgently asking people to adopt or foster. If the Clinic was not able to reduce their numbers they would need to consider euthanasia as they were not able to cater for the influx.


The @Frits Dog Hotel in Bree Street, Cape Town, offered six of these dogs a lifeline. The hotel can cater for 276 animals and has made the commitment to offer 10% of their capacity to homeless dogs in need of foster care.


 “We have never had to put an animal to sleep due to over-capacity,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager of Mdzananda Animal Clinic. “After releasing our public appeal we received an enormous amount of emails, Facebook messages and phone calls to offer support. To date, 15 dogs have been adopted, 10 have gone to foster homes, 6 have gone to the @Frits Dog Hotel and 4 are still at Mdzananda.”


Two dogs were very ill when they were abandoned at Mdzananda. “Beauty and Bruno had advanced distemper. This is a contagious virus and both dogs had clearly been suffering form it for a long time. When they arrived at our clinic they were already beyond the point of recovery and in extremely pain and discomfort. The best we could do for them was to put them to sleep,” says Marcelle du Plessis.


“We were extremely excited to have the six dogs arrive at our facility yesterday,” says Randal Cato, @Frits Dog Hotel Manager. “We’ve been planning for around two weeks and when they at last arrived yesterday, our entire staff compliment was extremely happy to meet them. Each dog was welcomed into our facility and received a nice bath – a fresh start to their new life,” says Mr Cato.


The six dogs, Tandjies, Twinky, Prisky, Lucky, Lucy and Thiza are available for adoption at the @Frits Dog Hotel in Bree Street. Visiting hours are from 12 to 6:30pm Mondays to Saturdays. The adoption fee is R600 which includes their sterilisation and vaccinations and dewormers to date of adoption. The fee goes to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic who will manage the adoption procedure.

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