Welcome to the
world of the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, the only permanent animal
welfare support in Khayelitsha, a "township" area
just outside Cape Town, South Africa.
Mdzananda means distemper in the
local isiXhosa dialect, and the clinic provides primary veterinary
healthcare services - spay/neuter, dipping, deworming and
vaccination for dogs and cats in this sprawling area that
is home to more than a million people. Mdzananda runs from
six recycled shipping containers and seven of our nine loyal
staff are Khayelitsha residents.
Pronunciations of those hard-to-get-your-tongue-around-names:
Khayelitsha - Kya-leet-sha
Mdzananda - Mmm-za-nan-da