Dogs help South Africa’s youth stay away from violence

Children learn to deal constructively with problems at home or in the community with help from volunteers

When Thobani Gasa took his puppy for obedience training a few years ago, it was just for fun. But soon his own behaviour started to change, thanks to his canine companion.

Many townships in South Africa are notorious for gang-related violence, but in Mpophomeni, near the southeastern town of Howick, pet dogs are helping lead the way to a more peaceful future.

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