Chief Inspector
Photo Credit: Cape of Good Hope SPCA

For his upcoming birthday, SPCA Chief Inspector Jaco has dedicated his celebrations to a special dog and survivor named Toby in a heartwarming act that’s touched hearts all over Cape Town:


Cape Town, South Africa (13 May 2024) — Even on his birthday, SPCA Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse makes sure that the animals he fights for round the clock are not forgotten.

When Jaco’s birthday rolls around each year, he uses his day as a way to give back to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. And this year, his birthday efforts are heading to one very special dog and survivor named Toby.

Toby and his fight for justice have been a big topic in the world of local animal welfare recently after Toby was rescued by Inspector Jeffery Mfini from an owner who now faces criminal charges.

It’s alleged that Toby’s owners had starved him after he reportedly harmed a cat. Further, Toby was discovered in a small alley beside his home where he was confined, as the Cape of Good Hope SPCA said.

“The fight for justice for Toby began today with the arrest of his owner for contraventions of the Animals Protection Act No.71 of 1962,” the SPCA reported, adding that the arrest came after the owner’s failure to comply with a warning by Inspector Mfini to improve the welfare of the dog who was still on the property.

Toby’s condition has resulted in him weighing next to nothing, having starvation anaemia (which means he isn’t getting enough oxygen) and he needs a blood transfusion which Sighthound Rescue animal heroes have stepped in to help with.

Chief Inspector Jaco has since dedicated his birthday to Toby’s happiness in a heartwarming act of love. For Jaco, Toby’s is a story of survival and hope.

“As the Chief Inspector at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, I witness first-hand the grim reality of animal cruelty. Cases like Toby’s are distressingly common, and they compel us to fight harder against such inhumanity.

Toby’s resilience is inspiring, but his journey to recovery is just beginning. He deserves a chance at a new life, one filled with love, care, and freedom from suffering.”—Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse.

As such, Jaco has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Toby’s new life in light of his own birthday celebrations on 18 May. In a matter of just a few days, the crowdfund is almost at its target, having raised a total of R55 100 out of the R60 000.

These funds will aid Toby in receiving the nutritional care he so desperately needs, as well as 24-hour nursing and medication.

The financial gift will not only support Toby’s recovery, but will help the SPCA with the work that quite literally changes lives, as Jaco indicates.

Everyone willing to lend a paw for Toby and the SPCA can find his campaign here!

Sources: Cape of Good Hope SPCA; BackaBuddy
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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.

1 comment

  1. The story of Jaco dedicating his birthday to a rescue dog is profoundly touching. It beautifully illustrates the deep connection between humans and animals and the lengths some go to ensure animals’ welfare. Jaco’s commitment, especially on his birthday, to raise funds for Toby’s recovery and care highlights an inspiring act of compassion and dedication. It’s heartwarming to see such stories of hope and kindness.

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