It’s time to go walkies for Paws on the Promenade

Paws on the Promenade is a dog walk fund-raiser in aid of the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)

Humans and four-legged friends are invited to strut their stuff at the sixth Paws on the Promenade – a dog-walk fund-raiser for the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha.

After a two-year break due to Covid-19, the event is back.

The dog walk will take place on Sunday October 29, at 9am. Starting at the Mouille Point lighthouse, the 5km route will extend to the Sea Point swimming pool and back. Shorter turnaround points for old, tired and injured pets (or humans) will also be available.

“Our 2020 Paws on the Promenade was a great success with an attendance of 539 people and 352 dogs. On a budget of just R3500, we raised R48 400. We hope to raise even more funds with this year’s event. This, however, all depends on how many wonderful dogs and humans join us for the walk,” said Marcelle du Plessis, a spokeswoman for the clinic.

The non-profit clinic in Khayelitsha serves up to 1500 animals a month through consultations, hospitalisation, general and orthopaedic surgeries, continuous sterilisations, mobile clinics, an animal ambulance and a homeless-pet shelter. It also promotes responsible pet ownership.

“Our budget keeps growing year on year due to the demand for our services. It is essential for us to diversify our fund-raising. Paws on the Promenade is a great fund-raiser but also a magnificent fun-filled event for the whole family,” said Ms Du Plessis.

Expect to see dogs of all shapes and sizes. “People get very creative, dressing themselves and their dogs up in costumes,” she said.

A small number of homeless dogs for adoption will be at the event. To “rent a dog” email

Tickets cost R50 per person, R50 per dog and R25 for children under 12. These are available from Quicket or on the day from 8am.