About the project
This year’s TEARS Calendar theme is Rescue Revolution! From dogs like our cover model, Stoney, who was rescued from Vrygrond Township with horrific injuries sustained after being run over by a car, to adorable puppies like Levi: we are here to turn tears of sadness to tears of joy!
All dogs and cats featured in the 2016 calendar were abandoned, abused, neglected or lost. They were rescued, rehabilitated and cared for by TEARS before being placed up for adoption to find their new loving families. Read their full stories here.
A very special thank you to photographers Marleen Lammers and Lisa Gabriel from Paw Pixels Pet Photography or email@example.com for their hard work, exceptional talent and superb dedication to making the TEARS 2016 Calendar so beautifully memorable!
Meet the stars of the calendar
Stoney was rescued after being knocked over by a car in the Cape Town township of Vrygrond. He was dragged by the vehicle for several metres causing him serious injuries: two broken legs, a fractured pelvis and a broken tail.
After being taken to TEARS Animal Rescue he was treated for his injuries resulting in the amputation of his one hind leg and most of his tail. Stoney also had numerous surgeries to save his remaining hind leg giving him partial use.
Despite being mostly reliant on his front legs to get around Stoney has a beautiful, happy disposition and and infectious joie de vie! There is no feeling sorry for himself or other anthropomorphic sentiments; it’s just up and at’em for Stoney.
Three legged dogs generally deal very well with the loss of a limb with smaller dogs faring better due to their overall weight. However, there are some things that owners of three-legged dogs can do to make sure their dog stays happy and healthy:
- Protect the remaining limbs • Put a sock/pad on the stump of the remaining leg if any to prevent chafing and grazes • Regulate the dog’s weight down to prevent excess pressure on joints and bones • Regular exercise to keep the body healthy (especially swimming) • Monitor activity level to prevent over-exertion • If possible provide a glucosamine and chondroitin supplemented diet
With a little bit of an adjustment in balance and some time to build strength to compensate for the amputation dogs with three legs excel. With his feathery ears, smokey colouring and infectious smile Soney garners attention wherever he goes. Everyone is always happy to see him and he is always happy to see them.
Little Levi, with his two little sisters, was taken to Steenberg Vet after they were rescued from being sold at the side of the road in Lakeside. The puppies, who were only 4 weeks old, should ideally still have been in the care of their mother but were instead thrown in the proverbial deep end of life. Selling puppies at the side of the road is illegal and Law Enforcement should be contacted as quickly as possible. However, it’s a difficult decision whether to buy the puppies or not. If you buy the puppies the people selling them get exactly what they want out of the act and there is always another puppy that will be next. Buying the puppies only perpetuates the activity. However, not buying them may result in the puppies not being rescued from a situation in which they are clearly being exploited. It’s the proverbial rock and a hard place and there is no right answer. In the best case scenario Law Enforcement can legally seize the puppies and fine the seller, but that is easier said than done.
We were lucky to get Levi and his sisters sitting still long enough to pose together in our giant tea cup. Their terrier sides would rather have been playing with the stuffed toys and balls in the puppy area and the hound in them ensured that they were always en-route to somewhere else. After staff fell head-over-heals in love with Levi and his sisters the cuteness was spread around and all three were quickly adopted into loving homes. Cute little Levi… from rags to riches.
Timothy was only a youngster when he was run over by a taxi in Apple Road, Vrygrond. Unfortunately he suffered injuries to his front left leg resulting in its ultimate amputation. Did this slow him down? Not a chance! The loss of a limb may seem like a huge loss but animals seem to take it their stride. “Hop-along Timmi” spent a lot of his recovery time with TEARS Animal Rescue staff in the marketing office always waiting for a game of ball or some socialising with other canine visitors. He was then lucky enough to be fostered by TEARS’ Animal Care Manager Luke Kruyt. Calm and patient Timothy always takes the time to get to know you and gently sits by your side if provided with a blanket and some treats.
Timothy now has two Labrador friends with whom to shares the furniture in his new home. Not having to compete with human children he is the apple of his mother’s eye.
TEARS Animal Rescue received a call from someone in Vrygrond about a cat found near the garbage dump. When the TEARS team responded they found Brenda in a crate in the middle of giving birth. She had clearly been struggling for some time with a breached kitten that was stuck in the birth canal. In the crate with her was a plastic container with two little, newborn kittens in it. The lid was on the container. Brenda was taken back to the TEARS Clinic where Dr Tracy Dicks attended to the breach birth. The kitten in the birth canal was already dead but another little life was safely brought into the world. The two kittens in the plastic container died during the night, they had been away from mom for too long. So Brenda was left with on little kitten which she doted on and cared for as any mother should. The kitten was quickly adopted and Brenda has also since found a home to call her own. This is one mother’s story that ended with both tears of sadness and tears of joy.
hippy, a shaggy mess of a Maltese/Terrier cross, was found lost in Muizenberg Cemetery. Unfortunately his owners never claimed the little old boy. Chippy had probably been roaming around for a while as he was filthy and his coat was tangled and matted. With a bath and a little grooming the cute Chippy was revealed and his good looks saw him quickly homed. Unfortunately Chippy’s new owners were unable to care for him as he started exhibiting strange and disoriented behaviour. He would stare blankly at walls and then wander around in circles. Chippy also started attacking his legs and tail as if they were foreign objects. Sadly Chippy was returned to TEARS where he was fostered by TEARS staff who witnessed the same behaviour.
Chippy’s behaviour was highlighted to Dr Tracy Dicks in the TEARS Clinic and an examination quickly followed. In consultation with the Helen Bastin (Behaviourist) Chippy was diagnosed with advanced Canine Cognitive Disfunction (CCD). It was determined that due to his ever prevalent disorientation and irrational behaviour Chippy was an ever increasing risk to himself and that he was unable to interact with people in a functional and safe manner. Treatment for CCD is limited and due to the advanced nature of his condition it was decided that Chippy had to be euthanised. This difficult decision was heartbreaking for all but everyone took comfort in the fact that Chippy is now in a better place. Tears of sadness indeed.
Bouncy Bubbles is one pup that will let nothing hold her back! She had a tough start in life after she was dropped as a young puppy injuring her spinal column and causing paralysis in her hind quarters. However, her disability did not seem to cause her any pain and one could see her smile from a mile away. From the very start our staff and volunteers took a special interest in this adorable, paraplegic pup who seemed to have a real love of life and in most ways acted like any other happy-go-lucky puppy. Bubbles was fostered by our dedicated vet, Dr Tracy Dicks, who introduced her to home comforts and furry brothers and sisters. During the day Bubbles would play with the TEARS puppies at the kennels making every visitor smile when they arrive.
Bubbles continues on the road to making a meaningful recovery, thanks to the added efforts from a chiropractor and Dr Barry Hindmarch, a Specialist Veterinary Physician. She has also been adopted to a loving home where her special needs are being provided for and where, above all, she is getting the love she so richly deserves.
In the end we all have a lot to learn from puppies like Bubbles who do not waste time feeling sorry for themselves. We all have our challenges and there is nothing to do but to get on with living.
Sebastian is now a rising star of show business after appearing in an adoption segment on the Expresso Morning TV Show on SABC3. As soon as the piece aired calls flooded in for little Sebastian and he was quickly homed with a loving family where he will surely turn into a majestic young man in no time.Sebastian was rescued with 40 other cats from a hoarding situation in Mitchell’s Plein. With that many cats in one house the conditions were unsanitary and unhealthy for animals and humans alike. Sebastian was a scraggly, little guy when he was rescued and brought to TEARS Animal Rescue. After getting the once-over in the veterinary clinic he easily adjusted to life at the cattery where he quickly became the shining star of the kitten section entertaining visitors with his tricks and charm. You don’t look as cute as this and not get a lot of attention.
This gorgeous gal had all the boys heads turning when she waltzed back into TEARS Animal Rescue in 2015. Jody was originally rescued as a stray puppy in Retreat and though she was subsequently homed she was sadly returned to TEARS as a young dog when her owner passed away.
Dogs’ emotions are mystical in the way they cope with the loss of their human; some dogs noticeably seem to mourn while others just seem to get on with life and hop into the next warm lap. Do they really mourn? The answer to that can be found right behind wishing that dogs could talk.
Jody’s good nature and well established manners ensured that she was quickly re-homed and did not have to spend much time at the kennels. In her new home she plays from dawn to dusk if given half a chance and remains a real social butterfly; anyone who meets her is sure to become a firm friend!
Nikolai was happy to be rescued from a life wandering along a busy road in Fish Hoek . Often cats are left to fend for themselves by owners who have moved away without their cats, by people who simply lost interest or they are cats that are un-chipped and have wandered off course. There are many cats out there like Nikolai and only a fraction of these cats are lucky enough to end up in a shelter like TEARS.
Many stray cats end up having to make ends meet by scavenging or hunting, behaviour that sees cats revert to a semi-wild way of living. Cats who are out on their own for extended periods of time are called feral cats. They often live in groups called colonies where they are exposed to a much higher risk of injury and disease. Through out of control breeding, colonies grow exponentially if unmitigated. TEARS’ Feral Cat Project works with feral colonies ensuring the health and wellbeing of individual animals as well as the colony as a whole. Cats are trapped, sterilised and returned to their colonies. This project ensures that the returned cats are healthy and can continue to sustainably live in their chosen environment. Feral cats are a part of most urban fabrics and their care is essential.
Nikolai did not become a feral cat, he is far too friendly for that. His favourite past time is to mill around the heater at the TEARS Cattery and regale the ladies with tales of his adventurous life. This debonair dude still calls TEARS home where he patiently awaits the right person to choose him for their home. He is hoping you will be part of his next adventure!
Meet Just Jinger
Just Jinger was hit by a car and left for dead on the side of a road in Belhar. He managed to crawl into a gutter where he was spotted and TEARS were called to his aid. This ginger ninja was so badly hurt that he had to have his tail amputated.
TEARS, through the emergency number (071 864 4849), responds to a significant number of motor vehicle accidents involving animals. In an average month, in addition to many other injuries, the TEARS Veterinary Clinic performs 10 amputations from these kind of accidents. Dogs and cats, and even the occasional pig, escape or roam from their homes often encountering busy roads. Panic and lack of road-sense results in the inevitable injuries and even death. It is especially important to be highly vigilant when driving through residential areas and even the Table Mountain National Park as in the southern suburbs wild animals are also often victims.
Like a real trooper Just Jinger has taken everything in his stride and lived to tell the tale. With eight lives left this cool cat charmed his way into a loving home… And now he sings a happy tune!
Summer was rescued from Vrygrond when she was only 8 months old. She was found undernourished and a little worse for wear with a bad case of mange. Her coat was in such a bad state that it was thin with the occasional bald patch.
With love and attention from the staff, this Border Collie/Retriever mix blossomed. As the mange was treated and her diet managed her health improved and her thick, gorgeous chocolate coat returned. Summer’s eyes began to shine again. The TEARS volunteer Dog Walkers always enjoyed their turn to take Summer out for a walk, even taking her to the beach on occasions. With her easy-going nature and stunning good looks she was quickly adopted and is now the belle of the Southern Suburbs.
Starting out in life is never an easy task and for one little puppy the first four months tell an especially sad story. Tied up, nutritionally and socially neglected his legs had buckled from a vitamin D and calcium deficiency and tendons that could not keep up with his growth. Once his owners were convinced to surrender him the little bandy-legged boy came to TEARS, all the way from an informal settlement in George. Once in Cape Town the first thing needed was a name. His legs were so badly distorted that he walked like a little crab so he was aptly named after the famous animated crustacean Sebastian. With a strong name and supporters on his side a new journey was about to begin.
Sebastian’s legs were gently strapped with splints by Dr Tracy to help lengthen the tendons and improve his walking. He was also started on Hill’s puppy food for good bone growth and overall health. Slowly Sebastian’s legs straightened and the twinkle came back to this young dog’s eyes. He learned to interact and to play with other dogs, became comfortable that this meal was not going to be his last and began to learn that the big wide world could actually be a fun place.
With a little time, a few bandages and a lot of love Sebastian has turned into a gentle yet confident young dog who has also found a wonderful family to call his own.
Surrendered from Ocean View as a young cat, Turbo has made the TEARS Cattery her kingdom. She spends her days dreaming of the comforts of a palace where she expects only the best food, cashmere blankets, catnip toys and tummy rubs on demand. Often healthy, adult cats are surrendered by owners who, for various reason, are unable or even unwilling to care for their cats. The cats are left with no alternative but to settle in at TEARS and await a new home.
In the meantime the TEARS Cattery ensure that the resident felines have all the creature comforts they need as well as adequate stimulation and human interaction. A healthy cat needs more than just food and a clean litter tray, a healthy mind is just as essential. Keeping these minds busy through an interactive living environment and mental stimulation, in the form of puzzle feeders and a variety of toys, ensures that feline care at the cattery takes a wholistic approach.
So, as contented Turbo catnaps in the afternoon sun, she dreams of being a benevolent queen who will be kind and gracious and loving to her subjects. Are you willing to provide a palace for this regal kitty?
A little brown and white Pit-bull puppy arrived at the TEARS clinic for treatment of an injured leg. His owners advised that they thought the leg was broken. X-rays confirmed this and the little guy, about 3 months of age, was admitted to the hospital for surgery the next day.
Treatment of the broken leg involved three surgeries and a lot of rest. The owners surrendered him when it became apparent that there was a cost associated with the treatment. Abandoned and cast aside the puppy used his charm on the TEARS staff; nothing like a broken leg to woo the girls. It really didn’t take much time before TEARS staff member Tinka fell in love with the little character. He was named Matu and with a strong name started a new life… slowly.
Matu spend nearly 6 months in cage rest at TEARS, exercised by staff and volunteers while Tinka herself recovered from serious injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident. With the help of volunteers Matu even travelled all the way to Panorama Mediclinic in the northern suburbs to visit Tinka in hospital. Staff member Simone, who trained Matu in Tinka’s stead, also accompanied him on the long journey. It was a exciting and happy visit. When Tinka went home Matu was ready to do so as well.
As a breed ambassador, Matu is nothing like the Pit-bull stereotype. Well socialised he gets along with any dog, loves and licks children and is used regularly for school visits. He did not really excel at obedience training due to a lack of interest but makes up for it in being gentle, loving though sometimes a little bit of a crazy teenager. At age three his best friend is Dogo the Miniature Pinscher-Dachshund cross he lives with; like two peas in a pod.
Though Matu, as a result of his injuries, will always walk with a limp… so will Tinka. The two are perfectly matched.
Harvey is a well-travelled stray. This wise guy keeps his secrets close to his heart, but his determination to rub his little nose against your nose leads us to conclude that he is in fact an eskimo cat!
Harvey’s origin is unknown, he was simply brought to TEARS Animal Rescue as a stray who did not seem to belong to anyone and was infringing on another feline domain. Strays who have meandered a little off course and do not return home, or cats who no longer have a home to return to, often look for human companionship and food in other feline friendly homes. Though they are sometimes incorporated into the homes they choose, often cat-conflict results with the existing resident. To prevent fighting and even feline home-invasions these interlopers are then brought to animal shelters to resolve the problem.
Harvey, just one so cat, would love you to visit him so he can hear your stories and perhaps if you are lucky he may tell you one or two of his own. Though he was out there on his own for a little while, Harvey would now like to take up primary residence in a new home, one he can call his own.
Jax was one of three little boys unwanted by their owner in Vrygrond. The three puppies were taken in by the TEARS mobile team who brought them to the TEARS clinic for a health check. Once they were given the green light they were taken to a foster home to be cared for and nurtured through their quarantine period. Jax and his brothers thrived and were all three quickly adopted.
However, the family who adopted Jax struggled with his level of affection and agility. Jax struggled to be on his own and when he was left at home he panicked and escaped the property. This behaviour is associated with separation anxiety which is common in dogs who become upset because of separation from their guardians. There are many symptoms associated with separation anxiety such as barking, howling, defecating, chewing and other destruction. Jax became an escape artist and his adoptive family just could not cope so they returned him to TEARS.
Jax’s first order of business, when returned to the kennels, was to escape. He eluded TEARS staff for nearly a week and took up residence at the bottom of Lekkerwater Road. When TEARS caught up with the escapee, Luke, the TEARS Animal Care Manager, took on the task of working with Jax. A year later and a lot of counterconditioning, love and reassurance and Jax has turned into the most sensitive, loving and attentive young dog. Jax has been adopted into a new family and has learned that the people who love him are not going to leave him. He is now more secure in his home environment with his new family. And yes, he is really fast!
Patsy and her three kittens were a stray family rescued from Durbanville. After a brief stay at the TEARS Cattery, her kittens found loving families and bid their mom farewell.
It is in our nature to be attracted to the juvenile animals we interact with so kittens and puppies often find homes much faster than adult animals. But there are advantages to adopting an adult cat or dog. Most notably, there is the advantage that an adult cat already has a well developed character and when choosing to adopt an adult cat you know what you are going to get. Is your cat going to be confident and headstrong or is it going to be shy and reserved? Is it going to get along with your other cat or is it going to rather live as the sovereign of its own realm? When considering an adult cat for adoption these things are known quantities whereas with a kitten there are so many unknowns.
Patsy was happy to enjoy the peace and quiet after the departure of her kittens, but now longs for a family to call her own. As a modest and introverted young lady, she has not quite learnt how to sell herself to visitors. If you have a chance to visit the TEARS Cattery, look up this gorgeous girl. Spend some time with her, make friends and fall in love!
Cassidy was knocked over by a car in Vrygrond. She was found after a few days and rushed to TEARS Animal Rescue. Cassidy’s injuries were severe and in addition to a broken pelvis one of her back legs unfortunately had to be amputated. Super-vet Dr Tracy fostered this young girl until her pelvis was healed and she could get around. Hop-a-long Cassidy also attended hydrotherapy sessions to make sure that she was able to regain the muscle strength lost during her convalescence as well as help her adjust to life with three legs! Cassidy is a gentle and sensitive young girl who loves to play as much as she loves to cuddle. She now lives in Kommetjie where she is an honorary Dachshund and spends her days playing with her little Dachshund sisters: Chloe, Missy and Phoebe.
Marmalade was rescued after living the lonely existence of an alley cat in Kenilworth. A true Thomas O’Malley, this gorgeous guy has aristocratic taste and wears his heart on his sleeve. A smooth-talking, streetwise feline who relished his life of freedom with no rules and no responsibilities is ready to settle down. Marmalade has now been neutered resulting in some of his young and testosterone driven behaviour being a thing of the past. Though one benefit of being neutered is that he will not get testicular cancer, neutering male cats also reduces the risk of injury and transmission of disease. Intact males often have a natural instinct to roam and get into fights with other cats who may have contagious diseases and/or parasites. Furthermore, though any cat may spray to mark territory, neutered males are far less likely to engage in this behaviour. So, though Marmalade retains his great character and personality, his alley cat lifestyle is now behind him he would love to brighten up someones life with whiskery kisses and a gentle purr. Are you his duchess?
If you would like to sponsor the sterilisation of a TEARS cat or a feral cat from the Feral Cat Project for R350 please donate HERE or eft with the reference Pay 4 a Spay and email proof of payment with your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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