The boy lived in Delft, one of the poorest communities in Cape Town, South Africa. In Delft, many people live tiny homes with limited utilities, and gang violence is rampant. A lot of people don't have enough money to feed and care for themselves, let alone their companion animals.
In the neighboring community of Blikkiesdorp, life is even harder - instead of living brick homes, many people in Blikkiesdorp live in metal shacks. To help animals living in these communities, three South African women - Stöckigt, Rosie Kunneke and Clarina Hanekom - started Tin Can Town, an organization that offers free, life-saving animal services to local dogs and cats.