"Buddy was close to giving up, but when he saw the love in our eyes, and he saw how determined we were to fight for him, his demeanour changed drastically."
Photo Cred: Backabuddy

“Buddy was close to giving up, but when he saw the love in our eyes, and he saw how determined we were to fight for him, his demeanour changed drastically.”


Johannesburg, South Africa (25 October 2021) – A ‘Black Labrador Cross’ left for dead on the side of the road, has been given a second chance at life thanks to a community filled with kindness.

A group of residents from the ‘Linden Community’ in Johannesburg shared a harrowing story of Buddy, who was hit by a car and left on the side of the road.

“This beautiful black labby cross boy was hit by a car on the 17th of October and left on the side of the road. He was badly injured. Some very kind residents picked him up and took him to a local Vet. They could not assist him as his owners wouldn’t permit any treatment done on him.”

The reasons why the Vet could not assist or why the owners did not want any procedures on the pup are unknown, but this also doesn’t matter. COVID-19 has caused many to lose financial stability, which could be why certain decisions were made. Joel Osteen said that our job is not to judge; our job is not to figure out if someone deserves something. Our job is to lift the fallen, restore the broken, and heal the hurting, and that is exactly what the community of Linden did!

This incredibly kind community fought for him and wanted to give him a second chance and the love he deserved.

“Buddy was close to giving up, but when he saw the love in our eyes, and he saw how determined we were to fight for him, his demeanour changed drastically.”

With the help of Woodrock Animal Rescue, they were able to get Buddy checked into a hospital to receive the necessary treatment. After lots of scans and pain management, it was determined that he had a double fracture in his pelvis and required a pin in both the left and right sides of his little body.

“It was a tricky operation, but it was successful! He will need to have regular physio and aqua therapy to recover properly, but this should enable Buddy to lead a normal life.

He will need to be kept stationary for 4-6 weeks to ensure a full recovery. We are so grateful for the love and concern for this cool guy. We are also eternally thankful to Woodrock Animal Rescue, who assisted with arrangements and continued support and care.

There are so many people that wanted to help, so thank you.”

They decided to create a Backabuddy crowdfunding page for those who would like to help Buddy in his recovery process. If you would like Buddy, then click here.

“We also thank the Vet for the amazing work and care that they have done for Buddy.

Thank you, everybody, for opening your hearts and for giving Buddy a second chance in life. We are so sure that if he could speak, he would thank all of you from the bottom of his heart.”

We are not sure if Buddy will be put up for adoption once he has recovered, but will do a follow-up story once we have more info.

**28 October Update:

“To everyone who loved Buddy and prayed for him and shared his posts and contributed so generously and wanted to give him a second chance at life like we did… we are sad to have to let you know that he has crossed the rainbow bridge. While everything was done to save him, another invasive operation was required and the vet decided it would just be too traumatic for Buddy.
We know that he left this world with a full heart.

Again, biggest THANK YOU and huge respect to the rescue organisations and medical staff who fought so hard for Buddy.

And again, another big THANK YOU to all of you for the thoughts and generous donations.”

Sources: Backabuddy | Linden Community 
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