PICTURES: Dog desperately holds on to his elderly owner, who can’t afford to keep him. 

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On Friday, 11 April 2021, while taking pets home after being sterilised, The Garden Route SPCA in George, South Africa,  got a heartbreaking phone call from Maliso, an elderly lady who needed to surrender her dog, Whisky, because of her financial struggles.

When Salome Bruyns and her team arrived to collect the pup, they learned that Whisky was determined to stay put.

“He didn’t leave her side and grabbed on to her. My heart broke into a million pieces. 💔 How do I take a dog away from someone who loves her dog and who’s dog clearly adores her just because she struggles at the moment? I simply couldn’t.  Any donations welcome to keep this boy home. I will deliver the food once a month’s for him and help sort out his mange. Who will help?” – Salome shared on the Garden Route SPCA Facebook page


The post quickly went viral on social media, gaining over 20 000 shares and over 8600 engagements in less than 48 hours. Touched by the unbreakable bond Maliso and her pup share, the online community came together to fund  Peekaboo’s food and medical costs for the near future, allowing the pup to stay with his loveable owner.

Blown away by the public’s response, Salome shared an update on their Facebook page:

Show your support

If you are in George and would like the Garden Route SPCA to collect food or items for Whisky and Maliso, kindly contact Salome Bruyns on 082 308 6862.

Donate Via the SPCA with these banking details:



Account number 060823216

Branch 050214

Use reference: pure love

If you would like to donate to help Maliso, please email and specify how you would like your donation to be used.

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