777th Precinct Rescue Holding Centre


We are a non-profit, pro-life, rescue, and holding shelter in South Africa.

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777th Precinct Rescue Holding Centre provides assistance to unfortunate, homeless, abused, neglected, stray, injured, ill, geriatric and unwanted animals (predominantly Pitbulls and other power dogs) that would otherwise have miserable lives and premature deaths; animals who have no voice of their own!

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777th Precinct Rescue Holding Centre was founded in 2019 by Herman and Renette Bouwer, whose focus, passion and drive afforded their animal rescue vision to become a reality.

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The holding centre is situated at 1256 Blondel Street, Queenswood, Pretoria.

Our Story


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Our involvement and love for the Pit Bull dog started with someone giving us a red nosed Pit Bull puppy as a gift.

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We have grown to love and appreciate the humor, shenanigans and unconditional love of this breed.

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Meet Red

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Unfortunately we lost this dog tragically when it was killed by a car.

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Some time later we came across a picture of a Pit bull that was rescued and needed to be placed in a safe home. My wife and I immediately fell in love with him.

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Meet Pablo

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Pablo was rescued from dog fighting and when we received him one paw was halfway chewed away. His padding under his feet has been chewed off. He could not walk on a hard surface.

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During the time of his stay with us we saw him reverting into his puppy brain. A 30 kg piece of muscle thinking he is the size of a Jack Russel and would jump onto your lap. My poor wife was permanently black and blue because of this and people began to suspect I was abusing her. Pablo just loved to cuddle with us.

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He loved to sleep on our legs or cuddle on our shoulders. The sad day arrived where he fell sick and we could not find the fault. Initially the vet suspected that he had an intestinal infection and treated him for that. After a week we saw still not improvement. We took some blood test and discovered that he was in renal failure. We booked him into the hospital for transfusions and treatment but instead of getting better the condition worsened.

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Sadly on 29 July 2019 we had no choice but to euthanize him with breaking hearts. We had a battle understanding what could have caused this and asked the vet to do an autopsy. The result was that she informed us that the condition of his kidneys were so bad that there was no hope in restoring them or even for treatment.
We asked the cause of this and the vet informed us that the only reason was that is was a direct result of the malnutrition and abuse he suffered before he came to stay with us.
We came to a place of rest and acceptance knowing that he was a happy and contented dog in the last year of his life that he was with us.

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