A group of young boys, dubbed ‘The Magnificent Five’, rescued a dog in need of help with a creative plan. The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa praises the boys for their quick thinking, and will reward them for their selfless actions.

The group found a timid labrador lying in the bushes on Wednesday, September 9. He seemed to be in need of help, so the boys hatched an ingenious plan to assist him.

“At first they whistled and called in the hope that the dog would stand up and follow them but all this gentle old soul could manage was a tail wag,” explained the Animal Welfare Society. “This inspired the group to look for something to lever the dog up and lead him.”

“So whilst two stood ‘guard’ over their treasured find, the other three went in search of something that would work as a make-shift collar and lead. Minutes later they were back with an old leather belt that they gently fitted around the dog’s neck.

“To their amazement the dog stood up and they hurriedly began their arduous journey that took them along littered footpaths and busy roads.”

It took hours for the boys to complete this trip, but none of them complained or considered giving up. “These determined little ‘Iron Men’ were on a mission – to save their new best friend’s life.”

They arrived at the Animal Welfare Society, looking as though they had just crossed the finish line of a marathon and won first prize as they excitedly took turns proudly explaining their story in between hurried breaths.

Thanks to their hard work and dedication, the boys will receive a Hero’s Welcome from the team when they return to the Society on Friday, September 11. Animal Welfare Society will also give them ‘TEAM AWS SA’ t-shirts for their selfless act of kindness.

The Society would also like to raise money to buy the boys a new pair of shoes, a warm top and some food for them and their pets. They are appealing to the public for donations to reward these heroic young gentlemen.

If you would like to donate, please reference all donations: Magnificent 5.



Donate via The Dogbox Project:


Bank Account Details:

Animal Welfare Society of South Africa

Nedbank Current Account

Account number: 114 822 258 8

Branch code: 198765

Swift code: NEDS2AJJ

For more information, please contact:

082 601 1761 (WHATSAPP ONLY)

[email protected]

Picture: Facebook/The Animal Welfare Society

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