Photo Credit: Animal Welfare Society of South Africa

Since rescuing and handing over Amari to the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa, Zola Mceka has kept his word and visited her every day; AWS SA shared a heartwarming video to show the love they share.


Philippi, South Africa (13 June 2022) – The story of Amari and Zola continues and you are going to love this update!

Zola Mceka first won over the hearts of South Africans earlier this month when we shared his story about rescuing Amari from a dumping site in Philippi. He is one of those rare heroes that does something purely because it is the right thing to do and not to be called a hero by the public, yet he is a hero. If you missed it, this is his story, one that highlights the purity of heart.

Living hand-to-mouth, Zola works where he can and earns enough to make it through each day. One day, while walking past the local dump in Phillipi, he noticed a puppy that looked to be very ill. He knew he needed to help and walked past the dump each day, coaxing the dog closer with bits of food and kind words.

The pair eventually bonded and the dog trusted Zola enough to be picked up. Zola picked up his beloved friend and went straight to the local animal rescue centre, which is the Animal Welfare Society of SA (AWS SA) in Phillipi. Zola was determined to get his friend, who he named Amari, the help she needed.

Due to her deteriorated state, her treatment would be extensive. Not wanting to leave it to the organisation, Zola asked if he could contribute to her care. He insisted that this was his responsibility and offered to pay a weekly amount of R20 towards her bill for as long as it takes. Being a man with very little, this gesture moved the entire team.

While he made the financial offer, he also kept one of his other promises and has visited Amari nearly every day since she was taken in by AWS SA. As the weather has been turning in the Western Cape, the AWS SA team never expected Zola to visit during the bad weather and yet, today he arrived soaked to the bone but there to see his friend Amari.

He walks from New Cross Roads no matter what, to make sure she knows he still loves her and is loyal to her.

This morning Zola walked all the way from New Cross Roads in the pouring rain to spend some time with her. Since sharing the pair’s story, an outpouring of love and support has been sent their way and today, AWS SA shared that happy news with Zola.

“He arrived drenched wet and it was difficult distinguishing between the rain running down his face and tears of joy when we told him about your outpouring of love, well wishes and generosity that will ensure that they get to stay together.”

“Trying to put down in words the bond that they share is virtually impossible so we thought that we would share a short video clip of the two of them that is bound to warm your heart on this cold and wet winter’s day.

It will be months before Amari is fully recovered and we are sincerely hoping for your continued support to help us ensure the best possible outcome for this inseparable pair of best mates.”

One can clearly see the deep bond and affection shared between Amari and Zola. He has surrendered Amari to AWS SA in the hope that they can heal her and home her somewhere safe. Even with this knowledge, Zola is committed to her.

AWS SA has invited South Africa to ease Zola’s mind and help with Amari’s care. They have shared several donation methods that are fit for any budget. They can be found below.

Payfast – https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/animalwelfaresocietyofsouthafrica
GivenGain – https://www.givengain.com/c/awscape/
BackaBuddy – https://www.backabuddy.co.za/donate/charity/awscape
MySchool MyPlanet MyVillage – Add Animal Welfare Society of South Africa to your beneficiary list. –https://www.myschool.co.za
Sign up for a monthly debit order – https://linkserv.emandate.co.za/awssa/
Website – http://awscape.org.za/

Please note that you can also donate towards Zola’s well-being using these channels. Please be sure to mention that your donation is intended for him. He doesn’t have a bank account or formal housing at this time however, the AWS SA team are committed to making sure he receives any and all donations intended for him personally.

Sources: AWS SA
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