The Mdzananda veterinary clinic in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, says it has been struggling to cope with the increase in pets being handed over to them.
The clinic says it can no longer afford to take care of the abandoned animals.
Faced with tough economic times, many pet owners are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Mdzananda Animal Clinic staff says in June alone around 10 stray dogs received treatment at their facility.
“Just recently, we had a real influx of strays to the point where we are not coping with the numbers anymore,” said clinic manager Susan Wishart.
“We have to see to get them to adoption and foster as fast as possible otherwise we are forced to look for other organisations to help us, or worst-case scenario euthanise the dogs and the cats.”
Although abandoned animals are an ongoing problem in the township, the financial strain caused by the lockdown is said to be a definite contributing factor.
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