Chaplin’s Charm

29th Apr, 2022

Written by Liezl Holtzhausen, Volunteer at Kroonstad SPCA

Professional photography by Nat Gold ZA

As a volunteer at Kroonstad SPCA, I’m involved in taking videos and helping to find homes for our precious animals.

I first met Chaplin while doing a walk-through of the cages. The Inspector said that he was placed in our overnight kennels (public can safely place their animals in secure cages) with a female Greyhound.

He immediately took both dogs to the vet. Unfortunately, the female died of biliary on the way to the vet.

Upon entering Chaplin’s kennel, I met a soft-hearted boy. His leg had obviously been broken and he’d never been taken to the vet to have it properly amputated. He didn’t shy away from being scratched and loved getting the attention.

I decided to call him Chaplin, after Charlie Chaplin, the black-and-white movie superstar.

I immediately knew that our small SPCA would need help in finding this special boy a home. I could only think of one rescue organisation that I wanted to approach: Sighthound Rescue SA. Cheryl Campbell was an absolute star. She rallied the troops and, very soon, Chaplin underwent his much-needed amputation.

In no time at all, Cheryl had found a family to adopt Chaplin and, as per NSPCA rules, a meet-and-greet took place.

Chaplin then went through a long road of rehabilitation and is now living the dream!

It was very important for us to work with a breed-specific rescue organisation that could assist us. We’re truly blessed and ever so grateful for Cheryl’s assistance.

Cheryl Campbell of Sighthound Rescue SA adds...

When Liezel contacted me, I and a few friends personally raised the funds to cover his vet bill. Chaplin boarded with me after his operation for physio and rehabilitation and when he’d recovered enough, he went to his forever home with Lex and Danielle. A better home one couldn’t have asked for! Chaplin is one lucky fella!

Lex and Danielle, Chaplin’s new owners, share...

Cheryl called us about Chaplin a few days before our wedding, and we immediately made a plan to meet him. The day after we said “I do”, my husband flew to Johannesburg and from there drove through to Kroonstad SPCA for the introduction.

Chaplin is one of the most loving and gentle dogs we’ve ever met, especially considering what he’s been through. After a home inspection, we couldn’t wait for him to come home. After Cheryl worked her magic, we picked him up and he immediately fit in with our other dogs.

He now spends his days as a family member who goes to the beach and parks daily and loves to relax on the couch when he isn’t playing with his new fur family.

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