(Hermanus) – This is Sipho. He lives in Hermanus and for the last eight months, he has been on quite a mission.
The Hermanus Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) posted on Facebook that about eight months ago, Sipho marched into their offices and said:
“N’difuna i-band!” (isiXhosa for “I want a leash”) and then he said “N’difuna i-dogmor!” and we kind-a went “HUH?!?!?”
“Well, he got his ‘band’ and his ‘dogmor’ [dog food] and proceeded then to come and visit us just about every week, each time bringing his dogs along with him.
“Time passed and lots of ‘dogmor’ later, we learned that his dog’s names were Government, Policeman and Social Worker.
“And more time passed and we learned to know each of the three dogs pretty well, as this young fellow brought them to us when they needed help.
“But then we noticed something odd… the little guy, whose name emerged as Sipho, was bringing us waaaaaaaaaayyyyy too many different dogs and puppies.
HAWS were a bit confused, but Sipho was having none of it. Then they realised something.
“Sipho had made it his self-appointed task to round up EVERY. SINGLE. SICK. DOG in his neighbourhood, and see to it, that the animals came to HAWS to be treated and healed.
“But Sipho went even further, and rounded up every single puppy and its owner in his local area, insisting that they come to HAWS and get the puppies dewormed, kitted out with fancy leashes and collars, and generally health checked (for the puppies) and healthy handling checked (for the owners) by us here.
“Obviously all of this “care” has cost quite a bit of cash and Sipho, bless his little generous heart, has thought it’s all been for free. Sadly, though, economic realities must intrude for most of us and they have done so with Sipho.
“This poor fellow is devastated that he can’t have free “muti” [medicine] anymore. We simply cannot afford to keep carrying the costs for Sipho, despite his sterling efforts cleaning up our forecourt, and trying to “earn” all his animal care.”
HAWS appealed to people on their Facebook page to make a small donation and have since been blown away by the generosity.
“Folks in the fortunate position to be able to help us, please either call Lenke on 0283121281 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can help this future leader of ours succeed.
The Hermanus Animal Welfare Society, Standard Bank Cheque Account No.: 082263310, branch code 051001 and use “Siphos Fund” as your reference.
This story was sourced from TheSouthAfrican