Written by Bianka Lerm
Professional photography by Liz Potgieter Photography
On the 28th of March 2019, Gert and his wife, Penny de Klerk, alerted me to a senior dog living on the streets of Paarl and asked me to help get him safely into an animal welfare organisation.
Ben was promptly rescued from a very dangerous area in Paarl, where he’d been living for the past three or so years after being dumped by his owner. This boy was homeless and alone in the streets! He’s the survivor of a PANGA attack and had been kicked and beaten quite often by local residents in the area.
He’s a senior boy who adores humans and other dogs, and best of all, he’s cat-friendly!
As I had to pay somebody to keep him safe, we didn’t have a lot of time to get somebody to foster or adopt him.
Cecilia Jacobs, of Imagine Animal Dreams, was kind enough to give him a lifeline, and she offered him temporary shelter from the storm his life had been!
The next day Tracey-Lee Cohen, of Kleinmond Animal Welfare Society, kindly offered to foster and take Ben into her loving home. And fellow animal rescuer Marichen Du Toit fetched him and drove him all the way to Kleinmond.
Many thanks to Gert and Penny, to Cecilia, to Mariechen Du Toit, and Tracey-Lee for your help in saving beautiful Ben from the streets and into the most beautiful life he will now live with his new mom, Janet Steel.
“One at a time, we will save them all!”
Tracey-Lee Cohen of Kleinmond Animal Welfare Society shares…
When Bianka highlighted Ben’s plight on Facebook, I couldn’t look away. After contacting her, I learnt that this poor boy was in a shelter for temporary relief. I personally don’t think abused doggies should sit in a shelter (if at all possible), and it’s better to rather immediately learn to integrate in a home environment.
This gorgeous boy ended up in my bed! The first few days were very tricky, as he wasn’t the most trusting boy, was very sad and sleepy. When he found his confidence, he quickly became the main man in our pack at home. After a few weeks, I could see this gorgeous soul was ready for his happy-ever-after, and we put his photos on KAWS Facebook page to start looking for his new family.
The amazing Janet contacted us, and the rest is history. For me it’s goosebump stuff that our poor street boy, Ben, went on to be a therapy doggy. I’ll be forever happy knowing the role we all played in his story. I still miss him snuggling me, but I know he’s gone to the very best home ever.
Janet Steel, Ben’s new owner, shares…
Ben joined my family a few weeks ago, and our lives couldn’t be happier!
Ben had an amazing spirit from the start. I work in an Alzheimer’s village and took Ben to work with me. I was amazed at his compassion – he seemed to know that they needed his love.
Ben has transformed from a quiet dog into a pretty lively, happy dog. He’s a happy, easy-going dog with a really special spirit.
Life is better with Ben!