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.