Cape Town has a vibrant yoga culture and, with summer arriving, a yoga class in the beautiful outdoor setting of De Waal Park is greatly welcomed…

This yoga class will, however, have a slight twist. For the first time seen in Cape Town, visitors will be able to do yoga with homeless dogs.

Join the Mdzananda Animal Clinic on Saturday 27 October for yoga with homeless dogs at their first ever Downward-Facing-Adopt-A-Dog event. The class, led by yoga teacher Lee-Ann Elliot, will be a one hour gentle flow class guided by Tombstone Pete’s live acoustic music.

The event came about after the clinic received a larger than normal influx of homeless dogs in September. Being an NPO animal hospital, the clinic is not set up to house stray dogs but will never turn a pet in need away.

Crowded facilities

“Our animal hospital serves up to 700 Khayelitsha pets per month through consultations, hospitalisation, surgery including sterilisation, general and orthopaedic, mobile clinics and an animal ambulance. Our outside runs were dedicated to patients for exercise but they have now been taken over by our strays and converted into a stray unit. We can house up to 20 stray dogs and 20 stray cats at a time. Sometimes we go over this limit making the facility very crowded,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager.

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Mdzananda Animal Clinic

Meet & greet dogs

The yoga event was created with the aim of bringing dogs for adoption to an easy accessible location.  Here people can meet them while enjoying a yoga class. “Many people are too scared to visit our organisation as we are based in Khayelitsha. This makes it more difficult for us to find homes for pets. We always encourage people to visit as the experience of driving through the diverse and creative community is one everyone should experience. It also opens one’s eyes to the struggles in Cape Town for both humans and pets,” says du Plessis.

The yoga class will start at 11:30 am but you are advised to be there at 11am to get a good spot (and to spend some time with the dogs). Bring a yoga mat or towel and invite everyone who is in the market for a new furry friend. The cost of the class is donation based and all funds raised will go to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic.

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