The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is hosting its second Downward-Facing-Adopt-A-Dog yoga event on January 19 2019. Yoga lovers and dog lovers alike are invited to join this one of a kind yoga class with homeless dogs.

The class will be held in the beautiful outdoor setting of De Waal Park under the shady trees. Here you will get to enjoy a one hour, gentle flow yoga class while meeting a variety of homeless dogs up for adoption. Be prepared to get a lick from a dog while stretching into your Downward Dog position.

The class will be led by local yoga instructor Lee-Ann Elliott and will be guided by Tombstone Pete’s live acoustic music.

“Our first Downward-Facing-Adopt-A-Dog took place in October last year. Sixty five people joined ten dogs for an unforgettable yoga class. Unfortunately no dogs were adopted but just under R6000 was raised for the clinic,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager. “We hope to see some furry friends adopted at this month’s event.”

The event aims to raise funds for the NPO animal hospital but mainly aims to introduce people to pets needing homes. Mdzananda has experienced an enormous influx of homeless pets during the festive season. They usually cater for ten dogs and ten cats in their small stray unit and currently have thirty of each.

“Our small stray unit is packed to the brim,” says du Plessis. “Being an animal hospital our focus is medical treatment for pets of the Khayelitsha community. We do, however, not turn pets away and have found ourselves with a stray unit that is currently filled over capacity. We had numerous pets handed over to us during the festive season, some even tied to our gates or thrown over the walls at night.”

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 class will start at 10.30am until 11.30am, but you are advised to be there at 10am to register, get a good spot and 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.

For more information contact [email protected], visit their website on or visit the Facebook events page at

Picture: Mdzananda Animal Clinic


Date: January 19
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am


De Waal Park
Molteno Rd, CBD, Cape Town, 8000
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