Cape Town’s yoga culture just went canine crazy.
With summer on the doorstep, a yoga session in De Waal Park on any other day would seem special enough, but on 27 October, Cape Town’s yogis and yoginis will be able to share their mats with homeless dogs.
The event is aptly called Downward-Facing-Adopt-A-Dog and will be the first of its kind held in Cape Town. The Mdzananda Animal Clinic will be bringing some of their dogs without homes to the one-hour gentle flow class led by Lee-Ann Elliott.
The event idea came about after the clinic received a larger than normal influx of homeless dogs in September. The clinic is an NPO animal hospital so it is not set up to house stray dogs, but will never turn away a pet in need.
“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.
The yoga event was created so that dogs needing homes could be brought to an easy, accessible location where dog lovers could meet and mingle with the furry friends whilst taking part in a soothing 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.
Date: 27 October 2018
Venue: De Waal Park
Time: The class starts at 11:30 am but you’ll need to get there by 11:00 to secure a spot and settle in
Bring: A yoga mat, water, a towel, and any friends who might want to adopt a dog
Cost: A donation can be made at the end of the class, and all money raised will go to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic
More info: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website on www.mdzananda.co.za