Photo Credit: Cape of Good Hope SPCA / Facebook

Justice watched as a group of children threw a firework his way, he thought it was food and had his mouth blown up; that was then… this is now and he has come so far!


Cape Town, South Africa (11 May 2020) – Justice has had a harrowing life. Coming from the dogfighting world, all he ever wanted was to show people he was a good boy. Time and time again, Justice learned that humans were cruel. He grew timid and withdrawn. And then he experienced an act of cruelty so horrific, that led him to finally be saved!

Boxing day 2019, a group of children lit a firework and tossed it towards Justice. He was hungry and eagerly ran towards the firework, hoping it was food. The firework went off in his mouth, injuring him gravely. Justice howled in pain as the children ran away.

Thankfully, someone called the Cape of Good Hope SPCA who rushed off to collect him. They were devastated to find him in such a state. He was quickly seen to and operated on. When Justice woke, it was clear he had given up on humans.

He was so fearful of them, even the ones helping him, that he kept his eyes closed. The team at the SPCA refused to give up on him and showered him in love and affection. They started the process of healing Justice’s heart and building up his trust.

A couple heard his story and decided to start the process of adopting him. They visited him regularly at the shelter, took him for walks and they too showered him in love.

Justice decided to give humans another chance. He opened his eyes, he bravely wagged his tail, and he let people love him again. Not only were the SPCA able to heal his wounds, but they also healed his heart too!

Today, Justice is home with a family that loves him. He has been given the best life and shown what it truly means to be loved.

“Veterinary medicine can only do so much, love does the rest!”

Below is a small documentary highlighting Justice’s story, his road to recovery and his new family picking him up on adoption day. PS: grab a tissue!

Sources: Cape of Good Hope SPCA
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

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