Photo Credit: Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Ruff was found in a near-death condition but thankfully just in time; taken to the SPCA, Ruff was given a new lease on life and now has a forever home too!


Cape Town, South Africa (23 April 2023) – Ruff was found in a pretty “ruff” state, he was on the brink of death, starved and tied to a street pole in the blazing heat. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA team quickly answered the call for help and got Ruff to the safety of the Panorama Veterinary Clinic for emergency care.

He was abandoned in Belmont Park, covered in mange and clearly in need of care. The team noticed that someone had smeared car oil on his broken, wounded skin. Not to mention that he was skin and bone.

When they got him to the Panorama Veterinary Clinic, the team assessed him and it was established that he is about 8 years old. It was clear that his neglect had been lifelong.

They started the process of healing him. His skin, his wounds, his heart and his soul. Never again would Ruff know neglect. Never again would he feel pain, fear or the pangs of hunger.

Once Ruff was healed, the team started looking for his forever home. They spread Ruff’s story far and wide in the hopes of gathering support for the beautiful old soul and it worked!

Not long ago, Ruff was adopted! The Raybin family chose Ruff to join their home and he is living life to the fullest. He even has his very own human bestie to snuggle up to and watch grow up.

“Ruff really won the lottery when he won the hearts of the Raybin family. According to the family he has settled in well and is already a part of the family. We extend our sincerest thanks to them for opening their heart and their home to a Ruff. He finally now has the kind of home he always deserved but never knew until now.” – Belinda Abraham, Cape of Good Hope SPCA Communications Manager.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA shared Ruff’s story in the hopes of showing how collaboration between the SPCA departments changes lives. He was rescued by Inspector Jeffrey Mfini, cared for at the animal hospital and then placed with the adoption centre. Each team worked tirelessly to help Ruff. If you would like to support them, you can do so here.

Watch Ruff’s story of hope below.

Source: Cape of Good Hope SPCA
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