Wink’s Spirit Shines Brighter Every Day

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On 28 May 2024, TEARS received an anonymous call out about a young puppy who was badly bitten by an adult dog in the under-resourced community of Vrygrond, in Cape Town. The TEARS Mobile Clinic went to collect her, and on arrival they were horrified by the wounds she had sustained and the severe injury to her eye. She had been bitten 4 days prior to the call out and her neglectful owner failed to seek prompt veterinary treatment, meaning she endured excruciating pain and prolonged suffering.


The 8-week-old pup was surrendered to TEARS and brought back to the TEARS Veterinary Hospital for emergency care. On examination by our veterinarian, it was discovered that she had a cracked skull and badly infected wounds, along with a grim eye injury: her eyeball was dislodged and protruding from its socket. The little lady underwent emergency surgery and as her eye was too badly damaged to save, it unfortunately had to be enucleated.


Despite the huge ordeal for such a young, innocent pup to go through, this little trooper bounced back quickly after her operation. She has been named Wink and although she's still on the mend, she hasn't let her disability get in the way of enjoying life. She's full of sass and newfound confidence, and has a smile that can brighten anyone's day.


Wink is currently recuperating in a loving foster home, where she is being showered with all the love and care she needs to flourish. Our rehabilitation partner - Hill's Pet Nutrition - is aiding her recovery, ensuring she grows up big and strong. Once she has fully recovered, the next step for Wink is to find her new family: one that can promise her forever and who can provide her with the love and care she deserves.


If you can't adopt, you can still help give more puppies like Wink the second chance they deserve for as little as R100 a month. Sign up for Monthly Giving and be a lifeline to vulnerable pets in need.