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11 February 2016

Enormous demand for TEARS Animal Rescue’s veterinary services has forced the welfare organisation to reduce the scope of services it offers to the public to bring them to within sustainable levels.

Slider 6TEARS Animal Rescue has made the difficult decision to limit the scope of its veterinary services to the general public.

Demand for TEARS’ medical services has continued to grow steadily in the past decade. A spike in demand in recent months has placed enormous pressure on the organisation’s veterinary and support staff who are no longer able to respond fully to what at times is an overwhelming call for their time and expertise.

TEARS CEO, Keith Evans, says, “As with all animal welfare organisations, we hope to be able to source the kind of funds that will allow us to expand our services and resources in a way that is sustainable, but in the meantime we must manage our resources to ensure the organisation’s health in the long run.”

This will be done in the following way:

  • Reduce the number of client consultations to a sustainable level.
  • Concentrate veterinary services on helping animals in areas which were the original focus of the organisation: the low income communities of Masiphumelele, Ocean View, Mountain View, Redhill, Vrygrond, Seawinds and Capricorn Park.
  • They will no longer provide veterinary treatment to the broader welfare sector.
  • The only exception will be the continued sterilisation of dogs and cats from households where the total income is less that R12,000 per month – proof of income will be required.
  • Any other veterinary needs will have to be sought at private veterinary practices or other welfare organisations like the SPCA and PDSA who may be able to help.

Evans says, “By placing a more reasonable demand on our veterinary and support staff, we hope to be able to continue to grow as an organisation in a way that is sustainable and of optimal benefit to the animals who so desperately need our services in our surrounding communities.”

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tracy Gilpin at TEARS Animal Welfare 078 154 9852 or email tracyg@tears.org.za