Rags to riches: Truffle


We were alerted to a neglected and unwanted dog in Morning Star Durbanville 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 went check out the situation on a Saturday morning. We usually try to speak with the owners and find out what the problem is first – sometimes it’s something easily rectified and with which we can help. If the animal is definitely unwanted, we often ask them to hang on for a few days to give us time to network. But, when our volunteer got there, she was so disgusted by the place, the owners’ uncaring attitutide, and the poor dog’s condition, that she refused to leave without this sweet little angel named Sussie! The 5-year-old dog, skinny, threadbare, dejected, had shambled out of the house, head and tail down. The infestation was so bad and clearly of such long-standing that her eyes had even become irritated and had pus around them – from no other reason than constant irritation.

Signed over, our volunteer scooped her up and placed her in the van – her owner point-blank refused to touch her.  She took her straight to the vet where, while sitting in the waiting room, she soon discovered that the dog had the loveliest nature – gentle, loving, and, although hesitant to trust, she loved having her face gently stroked and being spoken to. Probably the first good attention she’d ever had. She renamed her Truffle as she was as sweet and soft as can be. 

The awesome Dr Izak vd Vyfer (TAH Plein Street) treated her so gently and kindly. A skin scrape revealed that – as suspected – she had no mange. Her skin condition and eye infection was purely due to inflammation and secondary infection caused by fleas. She weighed just 11kg – about 5kg less than she should. She was treated with cortisone and Bravecto, and then went to Fisantekraal with our volunteer, where she was bathed, vaccinated and dewormed, while our volunteers hunted for a foster.

Alas, no one was found, and the vet was packed with strays and unable to take her for a couple of days. By this stage it was 5PM and, after a long day and having to deal with so much neglect, and nowhere to go with this dog which so badly deserved a chance, our volunteer broke down in tears. The thought of the long drive to Melkbos (Uitsig ARC) at that time with a terrified dog was overwhelming. Fortunately, a very kind volunteer stepped up and offered to drive Truffle the 40km to the shelter. Sometimes that’s all that is needed to make a huge difference – someone to play chauffeur!

However, a shelter was far from ideal for her level of neglect. She needed a home so we continued hunting for a foster. We got one better: a forever home. A wonderful home with two children to play with, a garden to romp around in, and soft beds to sleep on. Today, Truffle’s life is the very happiest imaginable. A true dream come true! 

THANK YOU to all those who donate, foster, volunteer (even if it is just to drive a dog somewhere), and support. Without this, dogs like Truffle would either suffer terribly or die. We are so very grateful to all our supporters. You can help change the world for animals like Truffle. Please visit our Get Involved pages for more info.


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