Senior Dachshund rescued from squatter camp


Joe’s story was featured in Happy Tails Magazine: Hey Joe

On 25 April 2016, two FAW volunteers were driving around in the informal settlement and spotted a dejected little black-and-tan Dachshund noodling around amidst the trash. We could see he was struggling and was terribly underweight. We spoke to the owner who immediately said: “Please take him; it’s not good for him here.”

Joe has been living in the Fisantekraal informal settlement for three years.

Where does he come from? The lady’s boss in Durbanville who decided that sending an elderly Dachshund into a SQUATTER CAMP is a good idea (actually, she probably just wanted a convenient way to ditch the dog).

Firstly, the lady who took him has been looking after him as well as possible, given the circumstances she lives in – she is NOT to blame.
Secondly: the woman (whom we wish we could take into the camp to show her what life there is like) is the one at fault. We are sick and tired of coming across animals in the township which the boss decided they didn’t want anymore and thought it would be a great idea to send them there. These animals have not grown up in these surroundings; they don’t really know how to look after themselves. Dogs which grew up there know how to defend themselves, how to forage for food if need be – they are used to the chaos, noise, and danger. Never mind the person who is already struggling financially is now being burdened with an extra mouth to feed.


No matter how nice the person you give your dog to is, this is NOT a good environment – for people or animals. And why are you adding burden to their lives and to the welfare? This poor little dog is so short and arthritic that he can barely climb over the trash, and the dongas filled with effluent & rubble are higher than he is! Imagine his surprise at coming from a quiet, suburban home, and ending up in this chaotic, scary environment?!

This is a dangerous place, for people and animals alike. And, while (as we’ve said before) many dogs here are very happy, they are still at high risk of being hurt or killed. In fact, on Friday, we treated a dog which had been stolen and used to hunt, and severely injured his leg.

Do you REALLY think it is a good idea to send your pampered little lapdog there?
If you don’t want your dog, make some effort and find a safe home – do a home check, visit, check he is ok. Don’t just dump him on someone who probably can’t actually afford to care for another pet and is probably too polite to say no to their boss.

Fortunately for Joe, we were able to find him a foster home and then a forever home.

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