Durban - Social media was abuzz this week after the SPCA Durban posted a story about the stray cross breed labrador that spent four days tending to an injured dog that was hit by a train at the Shallcross station in Chatsworth.

Hero, who remained with his canine friend until someone rescued her, brought the dog food and water and tried everything in his power to help save his fellow canine.

While his female friend had to be euthanised after enduring a severe spinal injury, Hero’s bravery to try to save her has warmed the hearts of many.

Hundreds of requests to adopt the eight- month-old poured into the SPCA on Thursday, offering to provide a loving environment to Hero after his traumatic experiences as a stray. The lucky family to take him home are the Connors from Mount Moreland.

Shiri Connor said she had seen the Facebook post and was taken by the “valiant dedication of Hero”.

Connor said she had a dream about the dog on Thursday night and the next morning made it her mission to visit him.

“I told my three children on the way to school that I had to meet the dog as his story really touched me. His story was sad and beautiful at the same time. It was such a special moment. He was all I ever imagined him to be and Hero will be a great addition to our family,” she said.

Sunday Tribune