1. This is Winston. He was found in Cape Town, South Africa on the street. No family or home, he was emaciated and sick.
2. Now a few months later, Winston’s life has been completely turned around, all because of the Underdog Project, an organization in South Africa that pairs at-risk youth with rescue dogs.
Underdog describes their organization as one that “addresses social and emotional needs of youths and children using non-invasive animal-assisted activities, like dog training.”
3. And Winston’s not the only one! The kids and canines of Underdog meet after school and work on basic dog-training skills, forming a bond and teaching each other important lessons about life.
This is one of the girls in the program with her therapy partner, Tom.
4. The organization’s goal is to educate, “promoting responsible animal care and non-violent communities.”
5. Sometimes the dogs are a bit rambunctious, like this dog named Josh, a new member of the organization.
6. But the kids of Underdog are taught how to work with their canine partners, working toward the goal of the dog’s eventual adoption.
7. Underdog states, “The training that Underdog shelter dogs receive reduces kennel stress, prepares them for their new homes and accelerates their adoption.”
This is Winston and he’s clearly a special guy.