“There is one thing that we know for sure and it’s that acts of kindness cost nothing and despite the hardship of many families, especially those living in informal settlements, there are still many with kind hearts who give selflessly without the expectation of compensation,” says the Animal Welfare of South Africa (AWSA).
Oyiso, 12, and his brother Luniko, 8, who live in a nearby informal settlement, Philippi, are an example of the huge difference “someone with very little other than a kind heart can make”. They found a dog who had been hit by a car lying on the side of the road and stepped in to help her.
They suspected that she had a broken leg, so, before finding something to carry her to the vet in, they fitted a splint made from what appears to be a disposable nappy and duct tape to the dog’s injured leg.
They then grabbed an empty refuse bag and slid her in, making sure that she was comfortable and could breathe. The brothers took turns carrying the injured pup to the hospital.
When they got to the hospital, Oyiso still had the bag slung over his shoulder with the little dog’s head just visible to the receptionist, who ensured that they were helped almost immediately.
The brothers stayed by the dogs side throughout her examination, gently stroking her whilst taking in every word of the Nursing Assistant, who commended them for helping the dog.
An x-ray revealed the full extent of her injuries and the excruciating pain she would continue to endure had it not been for these two young boys “whose brotherly love knows no bounds,” the AWSA added.