On Thursday morning, December 9, the Animal Welfare Society of SA’s trainee inspector, Sivuyila Kilwa made a precious discovery in the backyard of his home in Mfuleni.
His ordinary start to the day took an extraordinary turn when he stepped out the back door and found an abandoned Maltese Poodle lying on his back doormat.
When Sivuyile knelt down to pick up the dog he made no attempt to run away. He simply stared at Sivuyile with his teary big brown eyes as if pleading for help. Sivuyile suspects that someone dumped the dog on his property knowing that he would take care of him.
Before loading the dog into his vehicle, Sivuyile gave the dog a bowl of food and some water. He then quickly stepped inside to fetch a lead and travel box and when he returned the grateful little dog was busy polishing the empty bowl.
Sivuyile noticed that the dog was badly neglected and starving, but otherwise very friendly and happy to have finally met such a caring individual.
“We have decided to name this little treasure Winston and hope to be able to introduce him to a loving forever family as soon as he has recovered from a bout of tick bite fever”, says the Animal Welfare Society of SA.
“Winston’s diet has been changed from scavenged, sand encrusted bones that he is still painfully passing to a couple of nutritious bowls of donated Royal Canin premium dog food that together with loads of TLC will put him on the road to recovery and a loving forever home.”
Winston represents one of the fortunate few dumped dogs this Holiday season and the Animal Welfare Society of SA firmly believes that it is no coincidence that whoever dumped him chose to leave him with Sivuyile who is well known in the community.
Since the beginning of November, the shelter has admitted over 60 unwanted cats and dogs for a host of reasons (primarily affordability) and implore anyone wanting to give up their pet to please make use of their services. To reserve Winston please call their Animal Care Centre Supervisor Lawrence Nkotha on (021) 692 2626 or email [email protected].
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