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Scent, the anti-poaching pooch, was met with a wealth of kindness and support from people all over South Africa and the world to help her heal and get back to her crime-busting duties after a terrible injury!


Bryanston, South Africa (07 July 2024) — Anti-poaching dogs are the unsung heroes of our nation. They’re the eyes and ears on the ground, the noses on the case, and a big reason that poachers are stopped in their unjust tracks. But, as it is many of the non-fictional heroes we write about, anti-poaching dogs are not invincible. And for one special bloodhound mix named Scent, not being invincible soon became a big burden after a knee injury haltered both her duties and her well-being.

It was discovered last year that Scent had ruptured her cruciate ligament which meant two things: she needed surgery, and she needed a lot of treatment post-surgery to recover as best she could.

The K9 Project Watchdog was determined to give Scent the best chance she had at healing, but knew they couldn’t do it alone. It was then that rhino champions Blankets for Baby Rhinos—who have made gorgeously warm creations for our wildlife—rose to the occasion and responded to the call for help!

Of course, without dogs like Scent, animals in need of conservation, like our rhinos, wouldn’t have the added layer of protection, so it was a call close to the knitting community’s hearts.

Elisa Best from Blankets for Baby Rhinos in the United Kingdom made sure the cost of Scent’s operation was covered, and soon the op was underway at the Bryanston Veterinary Hospital.

After her operation, Scent was further cared for by a team of physiotherapists from Ramsay Rehabilitation and stayed at the hospital, where she was afforded incredible care.

Scent even got to recover in a bed just like the one she has at home in the Kruger, donated by another thoughtful follower of her story.

Thanks to the intensive rehabilitation efforts, all the support and extra acts of thoughtfulness, Scent’s road to recovery has been not only smooth, but possible.

“As a result of these combined efforts, Scent has been well enough to return to her home in the bush, hopefully to resume work towards the end of July. Even though she still has some recovery exercises to do before she’s fit for action, she is so happy to be home—and rearing to get out into the field with her handler to resume her duties: catching poachers and keeping our precious wildlife safe,” shared SAN Parks Honorary Rangers.

Sources: SAN Parks Honorary Rangers 
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Ashleigh Nefdt is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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