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TEARS Animal Rescue has reached a milestone it would have preferred to avoid – more than 150 kittens have been admitted to the shelter in recent weeks.

9 December 2015

TEARS Animal Rescue is caring for more than 150 homeless kittens admitted to the shelter in recent weeks and it’s only halfway through kitten season. Now a race is on to find them loving homes before they lose the cute factor and become far more difficult to home.

The low-down on breeding cats

  • Kitten breeding season runs from September to April.
  • A female can get pregnant at five months of age.
  • Her gestation period is about 64 days.
  • There are usually two to five kittens per litter.
  • An unsprayed female, her mate and all of their offspring, producing two litters a year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter can total 11,606, 077 cats in just nine years.

Ways to help this kitten season

1. Drop off items to ease the burden of care

Kitten season collection bins have been placed in TEARS charity shops (Charity Centre Retreat, Bergvliet, Fish Hoek, Valyland, Lekkerwater) as well TEARSs Lekkerwater headquarters.

  • Wet food
  • Polar fleece blankets
  • Cat carriers (especially plastic)
  • Clay litter
  • Litter trays and scoops
  • Toys
  • Scratch posts
  • Cat beds

2. Spay or neuter

Kittens as young as two months and weighing two pounds can be safely sterilised. Guardians who are unable to afford a private veterinarian, can approach TEARS Animal Rescue to make an affordable payment arrangement to have their cats sterilised.

3. Donate your time during kitten season

Volunteering at TEARS Cattery can be a lot of fun as you personally become part of the solution by helping with chores around the cattery and interacting with the cats and kittens.

4. Support our Feral Cat Project

The TEARS Feral Cat Project carries out the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and plays an important role in reducing the number of cats being born into a feral and hard life, and the often painful deaths that result from untreated injuries and diseases. The project also aims to increase community education around the key issues of compassionate feral cat population care and control. To get involved in, or donate to, the TEARS Feral Cat Project, please call Mandy on 073 525 9191 or visit

 5. Foster a cat

The home of an informed foster family is always preferable to housing mom and her kittens in a shelter, and you free up space at TEARS Cattery for the next mom and her babies.

 6. A for adopt

Making a cat or kitten the newest member of your family will bring you the rewards of love, smiles and companionship for the rest of the feline’s life, and beyond.


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tracy Gilpin at TEARS Animal Welfare 078 154 9852 or email


TEARS Animal Rescue believes so strongly that – mixed breed is the new sexy – they’re staking the success of their summer adoption campaign on this bold statement. See what all the fuss and fur is about on 31 October at Longbeach Mall Noordhoek, from 09h00 to 15h00.

19 October 2015

TEARS Animal Rescue will launch its summer adoption campaign – #mixedbreedpuredog and #moggiebreedpurecat – at Longbeach Mall Noordhoek, on Saturday, 31 October, from 09h00 to 15h00.

The carnival of fun will take up the mall’s forecourt with face-painting on offer, beautiful canine and feline canvas portraits for sale, as well as the brand new TEARS calendar 2016, which is always a popular seller.

Visitors will be able to interact with dogs, puppies and kittens up for adoption who will be along not only to charm, but as living proof that they may be mixed breed, but they are pure dog or cat.

The campaign #mixedbreedpuredog and #moggiebreedpurecat will run throughout the summer months with the purpose of finding as many loving homes as possible for rescued animals as increasing numbers of animal lovers are won over by mixed breed dogs and cats.

Gone are the days of ‘pavement specials’ or braks. Mixed breeds are the result of Mother Nature’s creative whimsy, and there is no end to her combinations of colours, coats, ear shapes and sizes, and fantastic tails.

TEARS’ Animal Care Manager, Luke Kruyt, says, “We see the most fascinating combinations of dogs and cats that defy classification. Unique individuals, one-of-a-kind canines and out-of-the-box felines, and they have the personalities to go with their unique exteriors.”

If you happen to miss TEARS’ carnival of fun on 31 October, stop by their kennels in Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale or their cattery at 21 Kommetjie Road. They’re open seven days a week for adoptions between 10h00 and 15h30 when their team of adoption staff will help you to meet your perfect match. All TEARS adopters are offered expert follow-up behavioural support for the new pure mixed breed addition to the family.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tracy Gilpin at TEARS Animal Rescue on 078 154 9852 or email



TEARS Animal Rescue has been chosen as a beneficiary of the Camel Run.

28 August 2015

The eighth Satori Camel Run, to take place on 6 September 2015, will benefit TEARS Animal Rescue through the proceeds from the sale of charity entries to the race. The other charity to benefit from the event is Living Hope Health Care.

The 16 kilometer (10 mile) race is organised by Satori Athletics Club and gives runners the opportunity to race along a particularly scenic route through rural Noordhoek and its environs: along shady tree-lined roads, past equestrian estates, and through Cape Point Vineyards and two working farms. It’s set to be an unforgettable experience.

TEARS Animal Rescue was chosen because it is a local charity that relies on public donations to continue its work – the organisation receives no funding from government. For this reason, it creates partnerships with businesses and individuals in the South Peninsula, and further afield, to help relieve the suffering of domestic animals.

TEARS Animal Rescue CEO, Keith Evans, says, “We are grateful that our community appreciates the work we do and assists our efforts with donations and by supporting events that benefit the animals in our care – up to 300 cats and dogs at any given time. We have a wonderful team of volunteers who work tirelessly alongside our dedicated staff: at the shelter with the animals, helping in townships, assisting in our charity shops, fundraising, or by fostering animals who need a little extra care. The support of events like the Satori Camel Run will help TEARS Animal Rescue reach increasing numbers of dogs and cats in need.”

Craig Farham, Camel Run Race Director, says, “Satori Athletics Club has chosen TEARS Animal Rescue as one of the beneficiaries of the charity money raised in this year’s Camel Run because of their passion for animal welfare, which benefits animals in the local community and provides much needed humane education.”

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tracy Gilpin at TEARS Animal Welfare 078 154 9852 or email For race information view



A timely grant from the National Lotteries Commission means TEARS Animal Rescue will accelerate its sterilisation drive in underprivileged areas of the southern Cape Peninsula.

25 August 2015

Animal welfare organisations are weathering a storm of rising costs and a flood of animals being admitted to their facilities while, typically, revenue and donations continue to drop. TEARS Animal Rescue has had its resources stretched to the limited, during 2013 and 2014, challenging the organisation to come up with innovative ways to meet its commitments and sustain its more critical projects. Even so, they have at times had to scale back some of their outreach programmes to areas in desperate need of medical care for domestic animals.

TEARS founder and director, Marilyn Hoole, says, “Because of financial constraints, we had to reduce our sterilisation of dogs and cats in low income households in Masiphumelele, Ocean View, Red Hill and Mountain View. This goes against the grain for our organisation because we know that two of the most effective ways to end much of the suffering of domestic animals over time is through sterilisation and the provision of humane education. How delighted we were then, when we received notification from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) that we were to receive a grant of R399 200.”

The grant will also go towards covering some of TEARS’ monthly operational expenses. The NLDTF has approved use of the funds for items like clinic expenses, including consumables and sterilisations, veterinary fees, clinic salaries and wages, telephone costs, vehicle repairs, maintenance and fuel. A sum has been approved for outsourced human resources services and personnel training and development. *

Keith Evans, TEARS CEO, says, “The desperate need of the animals in our surrounding disadvantaged communities has resulted in TEARS growing at a rate never imagined. Thanks to the wonderful support of our own communities, corporates, businesses, organisations, trusts, schools, vets, animal feed companies and the like, we have been able to, since we opened our doors in 1999, continue to offer services to surrounding communities and animals in distress. Our shelter does not receive government funding so sourcing funds is always an ongoing concern.”

The National Lotteries Commission has again called for applications from the charities sector and TEARS is in the process of submitting an application for another grant. They have to date received four grants amounting to R1 908 200.00.

Hoole says, “We consider ourselves blessed to have received such wonderful support from the NLDTF which will help us to keep working hard to fulfil our mandate: to turn tears of sadness to tears of joy.

* The NLDTF relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLDTF funding may be allocated. The NLDTF wants the grants to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLDTF contributes to South Africa’s development.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tracy Gilpin at TEARS Animal Rescue on 078 154 9852 or email

TEARS bookshop opens with a bang

Award-winning poet to give reading at TEARS Animal Rescue bookshop opening.

20 August 2015

Acclaimed poet, Geoffrey Haresnape, will read from his published work at the opening of TEARS Animal Rescue’s bookshop in the Valyland Centre, Fish Hoek on 1 September.

Haresnape is the author of several books of published poetry and the prize-winning novel, Testimony, as well as a collection of short stories – African Tales from Shakespeare. He is the Vice President of PEN South Africa, an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Cape Town and Honorary Vice-President of the English Academy of Southern Africa.

The reading at 15h00 is part of the TEARS’ bookshop opening celebrations planned for the day, which will include mystery discounts on book purchases. Get a coffee or a bite to eat at Sandi’s Bistro or sit out, café-style, in the courtyard that fronts the bookshop.

TEARS CEO, Keith Evans, says, “TEARS’ bookshops are an important source of revenue that helps our passionate and dedicated staff to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt dogs and cats into loving homes. Without the generous support and involvement of businesses and individuals in the South Peninsula, we would not be able to reach nearly as many animals as we do, or provide sterilisation and humane education to the underprivileged communities in our area.”

Valyland Centre is at the corner of Ivanhoe and Upper Recreation Road. Stop by between 09h00 and 17h00 on 1 September. Mystery discounts on your book purchases will continue until 15 September.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tracy Gilpin at TEARS Animal Rescue on 078 154 9852 or email