Ashton has been with the Irwin Animal Rescue Centre NPC in Walkerville for the last ten years; now he finally has a home to call his own. Get your tissues ready!


Walkerville, Johannesburg – They say good things come to those who wait and boy did Ashton wait. We are so happy to announce that Ashton, who has lived at the Irwin Animal Rescue Centre has finally got his “fur-ever” home. We burst into tears!

The Irwin Animal Rescue Centre NPC was notified that their property is being sold and they were given 30 days notice to vacate the property, meaning they have 30 days to find homes for all their long-term senior residents.

One of those grey snouts is Ashton, who has been with the rescue centre his entire life. They did everything in their power to rehome the sweet dog and find him a family that will love him as hard as they have over the last ten years.

“He has lived his WHOLE life at the centre and was always overlooked because he was a bit if a naughty boy through the fence of his enclosure. But the right family have come forward and offered Ashton a home.

Wendy Dent and Charl Naude sleep in the spare room with him, taking turns every night to make sure he doesn’t feel alone and that he feels safe and loved. He has settled in nicely, getting used to his nice comfy bed and learning how to climb up and down stairs with the help of biltong. He follows his new Mom and Dad everywhere, going out to the garden to smell the fresh air now and then but always coming back to see if they are still there and to get pats.

We can not begin to thank you, year after year this boy has been overlooked. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS FOR LOVING HIM.

Ashton this is your time to shine, to retire from guarding your enclosure at the centre and to simply enjoy life, enjoy the love and to enjoy the spoils. Go well big boy.”

We are sobbing, and by our count, so is every other person that was rooting for Ashton to find a loving home. Wendy Dent and Charl Naude are angels on Earth and have warmed so many hearts by opening their home to this lovable retiree.

“Now im all teary eyed . Here is sending blessings that all dogs be adopted before you have to close your doors .Going to be a sad day” – Lesley Stegman

“Oh the tears!!! May you be blessed abundandly for saving a life and giving him a beautiful retirement home xxx” – Krystle Stewien

“What wonderful pics to warm all our hearts… how happy I am for this naughty guy that someone took the time to see past your fears. What an amazing family – it’s people like you who restore our faith in human kind – THANK YOU & God bless you & the newest happy hound!!!!” – Taryn Du Preez

The rescue centre still has 24 more dogs to find homes for so if you would like to meet and greet the dogs, they will be having an adoption day on the 17th of June (it’s a public holiday). You can find all the information via their Facebook event here.

Take a look at Ashton’s new life below.

Sources: Facebook
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