Zimbabwe: M.J.’s turn for the better



M.J. has already gained a lot of weight.


Veterinarians for Animal Welfare – Zimbabwe (VAWZ) recently received a request for help from Gweru SPCA concerning a plot there where it was believed there were over 16 dogs in terrible circumstances. The VAWZ team drove the three and a half hours down from Harare.


Surprisingly, the dogs were in better condition than we had feared – all except for one, little M.J., who wasn’t getting enough to eat and was painfully thin.


M.J. didn’t want to be caught. It took us some time to catch her, and when we did, all she wanted to do was bite us! – given the way she was being treated I don’t blame her.


Arriving back at Hararre at Chisipite Vets, just before closing time, we gently placed little M.J. on the surgery table, prepared for the worst, that she might have to be put to sleep. Not a bit of it – Dr Mhuri believed that this frail little body, with the amber- coloured eyes, should be given (against all odds) a chance to live.


The following morning, X-rays revealed that a break in her leg was old and had never been treated. She is believed to be about eight months old. Now dewormed, Frontlined, and receiving antibiotics for an infection, “M.J.” still has a long way to go, but we know she could not be in better hands.


M.J. is capturing people’s hearts. A wellwisher has sponsored all her medical bills, and she already has a loving home to go to when well!







In October, Veterinarians for Animal Welfare in Zimbabwe, got a call from someone worried about a neighbor’s litter of puppies. They went to investigate and found three four-month old puppies in good shape. But a fourth puppy was lying listlessly on his side.  He managed a tiny wag of his tail, but that was the best he could do.

The owner of the puppies came out of the house and explained that  she wanted to keep the three healthy puppies, but that she had no use for the little sick one. Sadly, the puppies’ mother had died giving birth.

Sam, as he came to be called, was literally at death’s door. His little front legs were crooked, he was starving, and he could barely move. They took him straightway to the Chisipite Vets, where it was discovered that he had a serious medical condition as well.

Thanks to the very dedicated treatment he received, he not only survived, but he now looks like a different pup altogether.  His legs straightened out, his fur grew, and despite his sad beginning, “He loves everyone he meets.”  Now healed, Sam is looking for his forever home.

Meryl Harrison, Chief Animal Welfare Inspector, who never seems to stop, saves countless animals from cruelty cases.  She gained a reputation a while back for intervening, with remarkable courage, during some of the farm invasions in Zimabawe to save the animals. Now she rescues donkeys and cows from cruelty, seeing to it that those who abuse animals are prosecuted. VAWZ saves a great many dogs that find themselves in really difficult situations.

To read more about the work being done by this remarkable group, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of VAWZ