Last week this very small dog was a victim of a hit and run in Boksburg. She dragged herself, screaming, to the side of the road to avoid being run over and was heard by a lady who has a shop in that road. This lady, Cindy, rushed outside, picked up the dog and took her to the local vet. As it turns out, that vet is the one used by Alta Grobbelaar who does a lot of work for Ban Animal Trading and other animal welfare causes. She has also supported us in our lion marches. The vets did not want to send the dog to the SPCA as it would have been the end for her but were reluctant to do any surgery as no owner had come forward. Alta paid for them to operate and has recouped that payment in subsequent donations. The little dog was given the name Rusty.It turned out that the hip socket had been extremely badly damaged and was disintegrating. The only solution was amputation of the leg.
Cindy had put up posters looking for the owner and a volunteer at a local home that cares for HIV and cancer patients recognised Rusty. Apparently she had escaped from the plot next door to the home 3 months ago and taken up living in the bed of a young patient called Riaan. One of the volunteers had her spayed. Riaan phoned Alta who went to see him. Rusty had been called Scrappy by the home because she was a miserable little scrap when she arrived there.
Riaan cannot afford to pay for Rusty/Scrappy and agreed that it was best that she go into foster and be found a new home as the home where he is has its gates open all the time. He and Alta cried many tears together but he wants what is best for her.
So where does Faith come in? Before Riaan had been found, I had told Alta I would foster the little dog once she was able to leave the vet (probably another week) until the owner (or a new owner) was found. On Friday night I was given the name Faith very strongly several times so Scrappy/Rusty has become Faith. Riaan was found on Saturday.
Riaan has no family here (his mother lives in Thabazimbe) and cannot get the help he needs to get walking again. Alta has taken him under her wing and will source help for him. She is going to visit him with one of her dogs and a cake tomorrow as it is his birthday. Faith needs to learn to walk on 3 legs. Riaan needs to learn to walk again too. Riaan will need plenty of faith to motivate him.
Turns out that the plot Faith escaped from is a puppy mill that nobody knew about and will now be under investigation. My take on all of this – Faith escaped from the plot to draw attention to it. She spent 3 months with Riaan to give him healing. She ran away from there and got hit by a car so that all the “actors’ in this play would come together. Riaan will now get the help he needs. Her friends on the plot will get the help they need and she will have a new home where she is safe. One small dog had faith that she could manifest change – and she did.
And my foster will turn into a permanent home – provided my cats give permission!