Vet Spots Struggling Pup On the Way to Work; Changes Kintiki's Life
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On the way to work, Dr Nelma spotted a pooch lying on the side of the road. She immediately stopped to help. This was the beginning of Kintiki’s second chance at life!


Cape Town, South Africa (12 April 2024) – Dr Nelma Le Roux is the reason that little dog and fighter Kintiki’s life has changed forever, thanks to her decision to step up instead of driving on when she spotted the dog in need on her way to work.

As an equine vet herself, it’s safe to say Dr Nelma was the right person who happened to be in the right place, at the right time when her path crossed with Kintiki’s.

In January this year, Dr Nelma was on her way to work at Cornerstone Veterinary Services in Robertson when she saw a little dog lying helplessly on the side of the road. Without hesitation, she stopped her journey and went to see if she could help.

Vet Spots Struggling Pup On the Way to Work; Changes Kintiki's Life
Photo Cred: Supplied

She could see that the pup was severely emaciated and dehydrated, with clear signs of terrible mange. The puppy also had a nasty tick/flea infestation going on—all indicators of a life without love.

Dr Nelma paced to the Cornerstone Vet with a new mission; knowing that something had to be done with incredible urgency.

The veterinary clinic teamed up with John Moore Animal Welfare—the community veterinary clinic and animal angels who challenged themselves to the Muddy Princess obstacle course for sterilisation efforts last year—with determination to treat Kintiki.

After all the fleas and ticks were removed and Kintiki was given her name (and medicated baths for the mange on top of antibiotic treatment) hope was on the cards for the struggling dog.

With good food in her belly and tender love and care in abundance, Kintiki has been afforded an incredible second chance thanks to Dr Nelma and the vets who did their best. And as of this week, Kintiki has also been sterilised!

In perhaps the best good news of all, Kintiki’s forever home found her that fateful day—with Dr Nelma.

Vet Spots Struggling Pup On the Way to Work; Changes Kintiki's Life
Photo Cred: Supplied

April is Animal Anti-Cruelty Month. And so, Kintiki’s story is well worth sharing far and wide as an important reminder of what can happen when we rise to the occasion for those who cannot do it for themselves.

It is estimated that 1.4 million animals are homeless in South Africa, which means there are 1.4 million chances to act with kindness.

Sources: Supplied; Michelle Uren
Sources: TOA 
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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.

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