The Mdzananda Animal Clinic was devastated to hear that its major funder had to pull out due to financial constraints.

The NPO helps care for thousands of beloved pets in the Mdzananda community every year. A local resident whose loyal dogs were treated by the clinic decided she needed to do something about helping to save the clinic so that it could continue doing great work in the community.

Sihle Jonas, born and bred in Khayelitsha, has been using the Mdzananda Animal Clinic’s veterinary services for many years to treat her three dogs Blue, BBM and Earl.

Initially not aware that the clinic was an NPO relying on donations to operate, she was shocked to find out via Facebook that the clinic had lost its largest funder. “When I saw the horrible news I knew that I had to do my part. The clinic was asking for people to sign up as monthly donors and I decided to become one,” says Sihle.

Paw Member

Sihle signed up as a Paw Member, a term the clinic uses for their monthly donors, and committed to donating R100 per month to support the NPO. “I want to make sure that other dogs have a chance to get treatment like my dogs do and I want to make a difference,” she says.

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“We were so excited to have our first local community member join the Paw Member family.”

Being the first local to sign up, the Mdzananda team approached her to do a video on why she signed up and to encourage others to do the same.

“We were so excited to have our first local community member join the Paw Member family. Even though we work in a very impoverished community where most people cannot afford much, there are some people who can and it is inspiring to see such people help others in their community,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager of Mdzananda.

A heartwarming and inspiring video was compiled featuring Sihle with her dog Blue

She speaks about her experience of being a client of Mdzananda and how the organisation has helped her pets. Last year her dog Blue was run over by a car and broke his leg. He underwent orthopaedic surgery to fix the broken bone and stayed at the clinic for three weeks to heal.

“I hope that my video will inspire more people to sign up as Paw Members so that Mdzananda can help more community pets,” says Sihle.

The clinic recently lost their main funder due to international budget cuts

This has left Mdzananda in a very difficult financial position. Their current “Become a #PawMember” campaign aims to sign up 3000 new members each donating R100 per month to cover the deficit. To date 420 new members have signed up.

“We have tried to make the sign up process as easy as possible for people. All they need to do is visit and fill in the debit order form,” says du Plessis. “We will then post them a Paw Member certificate and one of our pets will send them a birthday card on their birthday. These are small things we can do to show our appreciation.”