Zola Dog
Photo Credit: AWS SA

Zola Mceka spent several days coaxing a sickly, scared dog out of hiding; once he gained her trust, he took her to get much-needed help.


Phillipi, South Africa (08 June 2022) – There are some humans on this planet that will give the very last of what they have, to help another and that is exactly what Zola Mceka did when he found a sickly dog wandering near a dump site.

Zola Mceka 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. This is his story, one that highlights the pure 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 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.

“His commitment to saving her life is priceless and no matter what we said he was adamant that he wanted to contribute towards the cost of her rehabilitation – even if that meant he had to do without.

The strength of character this pair share is quite remarkable so when it came to deciding on a suitable name for her the vote went to Amari – a name that symbolises strength in all its forms.”

Zola 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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