Grab your tissues because this reunion is bound to make you tear up.
When the nationwide lockdown was announced in late March, the Cape of Good Hope (COGH) SPCA’s immediate concern was for the welfare of the homeless community’s animals that wouldn’t be able to accompany them to their temporary shelters.
During the first few days of the lockdown the SPCA worked at collection sites in Cape Town where buses were being deployed to transport people to their temporary housing facilities, says Belinda Abraham, communications, resource development and education manager at the COGH SPCA.
“Lockdown has separated us all from those we love and this is no different for the members of our homeless community, only many of them have to leave their only companions behind,” Abraham added.
The SPCA collected 10 dogs, but it was the inseparable bond of dog owners Roger and Francois and their pooches that captured their hearts.
“We can only imagine how painful the separation was for pet owners like Francois and Roger and their besties, Dragon and Max,” she said.
Francois and Dragon
“Dragon is an old boy and he’s been Francois’ loyal companion through the many challenges our homeless communities face. Dragon has never left Francois’ side and Francois has done all he can to ensure that Dragon is well cared for.”
When it was time for them to separate, Abraham recalled the sombre mood that lingered even when Francois tried to put on a brave face
“We all know the ‘empty leash’ feeling but Francois put on a reassuring smile for Dragon as he stood holding his empty leash and we took him into our care,” she added.
“We cried that day. It was so hard for these two to say goodbye and we couldn’t wait to witness their happy reunion.”
Luckily the SPCA team didn’t have to wait long.
“Dragon came into our care from Somerset West on 6 April and Francois, who found it impossible to be without Dragon, made alternative accommodation arrangements for them both so they could face the rest of lockdown together,” she said.
“Dragon went home again on 18 April after spending 12 days in our care.”
Roger and Max
Roger and Max, who are well known to the SPCA since Max has been to the facility for treatment before, parted ways on 7 April.
“There’s no doubt that Max is well cared for and loved and that Roger takes care of all his needs. We could also safely say that Roger would happily go hungry if it meant that Max could eat,” Abraham said.
After almost a month apart, Roger arrived to collect Max on 6 May and their reunion is one that’ll make you shed a tear or two.
Taking to its Facebook page, the COGH SPCA shared a video of the endearing reunion.
Roger sits in a chair as Max is led up to him and when he realises that his best friend has finally returned to fetch him, the elated dog can’t contain his excitement.
“It was a privilege to witness the love of these two men for their companions and touching to see the beautiful bond they share,” Abraham added.
“We thank them both for entrusting us with the care of their most precious possessions and consider ourselves blessed to have been able to be there for them.”
Check out the full heartwarming moment between Roger and Max below.
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