No time limit on love and care

Posted on 2021-01-19 11:46:37


Winston the greyhound spent three months at our SPCA, regaining his health, strength and confidence, before finally finding his forever home.

Greyhounds are naturally slim, but when Winston was picked up as a stray in Ntuzuma, he was literally skin and bone! We can only imagine what his life had been like, but it certainly wasn’t happy. You could tell from the way he cowered that he was very nervous and afraid of people. He was also dangerously ill. Dr Gilson Muchopa, our vet, diagnosed him with both Billary and Erlichiosis – Winston would have died if he hadn’t arrived with us when he did.

Kennel manager, Juliet, together with Dr Gilson Muchopa and the clinic and kennel staff, worked as a team to pull Winston through. He responded well to treatment and grew stronger on three good meals a day and plenty of exercise. Then he slipped back with severe diarrhoea, which we treated with a course of antibiotics. No sooner did he recover from that than he developed kennel cough, requiring isolation and another round of antibiotics.

But by then we were all determined to see Winston restored to health, and he seemed equally determined. He started to trust us and wag his tail, and he loved his walks around the SPCA with our dog whisperer, Nkosinathi.

Finally, the much anticipated day came when Winston, renamed Harry, went home with his new family. It’s so rewarding to see an animal transformed like this, and to know that you had something to do with it. We hope you share this sense of satisfaction because, even though you probably never met Winston, through your support you helped him get better and find happiness.

Animal Angle

Read the latest issue of our official Durban & Coast SPCA magazine online

Shirley's Blog

Shirley Bell, editor of Animal Angle, writes specially for us about animal issues

Subscribe to our newsletter

Recent Posts

  • Crisis update

    We are incredibly blessed that our SPCA - in the midst of the hard hit Springfield Park area – has been left unscathed. But we are worried about a looming food shortage.   Posted 2021-06-21 10:19:03

  • Paws for thought

    with Caroline Smith   Posted 2021-01-19 12:13:00

  • What a tree-mendous Christmas – thanks to you!

    Your thoughtful messages of support and encouragement put the joy back into Christmas for SPCA staff.   Posted 2021-01-19 12:07:32

  • Home for Christmas

    Doesn’t it make your heart happy, seeing these pups and kitties enjoying life with their loving new human families? Thanks for the part YOU play in making it possible!   Posted 2021-01-19 12:01:05

  • No time limit on love and care

    Winston the greyhound spent three months at our SPCA, regaining his health, strength and confidence, before finally finding his forever home.   Posted 2021-01-19 11:46:37

Amanzimtoti: 031 904 2424/5

Dolphin Coast (Ballito): 083 659 5482/082 374 9905

Dundee & District: 034 212 2851

Empangeni: 034 792 9129/078 306 1439 (Emergencies)

Eshowe: 035 474 4169

Estcourt: 36 352 1476/083 555 9758 (Emergencies)

Greytown: 033 413 1181/033 413 1522

Howick: 033 330 4557/033 330 2672

Kloof & Highway: 031 764 1212

SPCA Inspector

Kokstad: 082 771 7229

Lower South Coast: 039 312 0962

Mooi River & District: 033 263 1526

Newcastle: 034 318 2346

Phoenix (Avonford Crescent) : 031 500 6452

Pietermaritzburg: 033 386 9267/8/9

Richards Bay: 035 753 2086

Sani: 033 702 1884