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Animal rescue group helps dog lovers in South African township

Veterinary care is hard for many families to afford, but for those in Khayelitsha, a massive township near Cape Town, South Africa, it can be even less feasible to own pets. A number of homes do not even have electricity or running water, and families struggle to afford books and school uniforms for their children. However, one animal welfare group is looking to help families who want to save animals, The Associated Press reports.

The Mszananda clinic in the township was created in 1996 in order to help impoverished South Africans care for their pets. The clinic, funded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), is staffed with volunteer vets who provide basic care to pets including spaying and neutering.The clinic also provides pet ownership education so owners can better help animals.

Last year, the clinic sterilized 1,584 animals and provided vaccinations, deworming and other care to thousands more at a low cost or for free. The clinic aims to help poor people afford pets so they can enjoy the companionship of animals as much as everyone else.

The IFAW funds another similar shelter in the township of Soweto, near Johannesburg.
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