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Bennie: from backyard loneliness to beloved family member (with video)

Bennie: from backyard loneliness to beloved family member (with video)

Bennie spent his life chained to a fence in a backyard; he never got any attention and stood in the mud in winter and blazing sun in summer. His owner simply couldn’t care less (although the man actually works with horses on a nearby farm!). We did a lot of work at the house, trying to educate and improve matters. But to no avail. Then, just as we were gearing up to bring in ‘the big guns’, we got the…

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Rags to riches: From mangey stray to gorgeous girl

Rags to riches: From mangey stray to gorgeous girl

Gabbi is a very special adoption as she had quite a metamorphosis, from terrified, severely neglected dog to joyful beauty.  Check out the full story on our Facebook page: @FAWAnimals In the midst of a terrible storm, a man happened to look out of his office window. And what should he see, hunched up and shivering in the cold and rain, but this tiny little bald bundle of bones. Mr De Lange quickly headed out into the rain to swoop her…

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Phoenix finds his true purpose

Phoenix finds his true purpose

After 4 years of waiting, our darling Phoenix was adopted. But it was an extra-special adoption… This is no ordinary home: Phoenix is one of 4 rescue doggies who live in a very special care facility which is home to 35 Alzheimers patients. Emsie, who runs the home, has a few rescue dogs herself and knows how fantastic they can be; she says that the difference these dogs make to the residents is phenomenal. Phoenix is now one of these special…

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An amazing story of one kitten’s survival

An amazing story of one kitten’s survival

Liam (which means ‘strong fighter’) is a very, very special little guy. He had a tragic start in life and survived against all odds. On the morning of 4 October, one of our volunteers was contacted by her housekeeper; the lady’s kind-hearted husband had rescued a tiny kitten in Elsie’s River. His mom and siblings had been killed (allegedly by kids) that night. 🙁 How he escaped this terrible fate, we don’t know, but then he had to survive the…

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Rags to Riches: Ben

Rags to Riches: Ben

Ben – now Benji – is a Hat-eared Speckled Dog who was rescued from a bad area in a terrible state: he was undernourished and absolutely full of mange, fleas, and worms. The poor pup was so depressed and neglected. He went into foster care for several months while he recovered and fosters, Charleen and Noelene, did an absolutely fantastic job. Then, it was time to find him a forever home.  Along came a wonderful family with a 7-year-old boy…

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Rags to riches: Pixel

Rags to riches: Pixel

What a wonderful transformation this dog had! We rescued her from Fisantekraal squatter camp after our volunteers spotted her scrounging around for food. It was a blazing hot day and this pup had no shelter or even water! She was mange-ridden and seriously underweight. Pixel (as we named her) was just 6 months old and had a rough life behind her. We took her to our friends at Uitsig ARC who spent the next few months rehabilitating her – feeding…

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Rags to riches: Patsy

Rags to riches: Patsy

When Patsy was rescued, she was in an appalling state. Her owners clearly didn’t care about her at all as she was emaciated and was so severely infested with ticks that her ears were completely blocked by them! It was revolting – we couldn’t imagine how awful it must have felt for her.

Rags to riches: Lacey

Rags to riches: Lacey

Lacey was surrendered to FAW by her Fisantekraal residents who got another dog which had started bullying her.  Poor Lacey (then named Vlekkie – we felt she needed a pretty, delicate name to suit her!) was so terrorised and scared – and THIN! And very neglected. She looked like a threadbare spaghetti mop.  In stepped the Crouse family who opened their doors to foster her – first stop: a ‘salon’ treatment! Once she felt more comfy without all the matting and…

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Rags to riches: Truffle

Rags to riches: Truffle

We were alerted to a neglected and unwanted dog in Morning Star by someone in the neighbourhood who said that the owners didn’t want her and that they don’t look after their animals. One of our volunteers headed in to check out the situation (we usually try to speak with the owners, see what the problem is – sometimes it’s something easily rectified), and, if the animal is definitely unwanted, ask them to hang on for a week to give us time…

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