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Belvedere Vet Shop in Claremont came alive on Saturday 30 January with TEARS’ puppies and kittens, some serious adoption negotiations between kids and their parents, and nifty advice and demonstrations from TEARS’ kitten and puppy experts, Brenda and Tanya. As if all this excitement weren’t enough, four very special girls handed over the funds they’d raised for our shelter.

Emma, Shelby Hannah, Nora raising funds for TEARS [541085]

Emma, Shelby Hannah, Nora raising funds for TEARS

Hannah Penn, Shelby le Roux, Emma Ellis and Nora Altwegg of Rustenburg Girls High held a boot sale late last year to raise funds for TEARS. They began The Secret Society for Animals to challenge themselves to raise funds for animal welfare organisations that are on the frontline of the fight against animal abuse.

Hannah says, “We love animals, but we’ve seen lots of pictures of how badly they’re treated. We wanted to do something to help.”

Promoting the joy of pet adoption - a boy finds his dog

Promoting the joy of pet adoption – a boy finds his dog

TEARS applauds these wonderful girls for their hard work and for having the insight to become, at such a young age, part of the solution to animal welfare in South Africa. We were proud and humbled to receive the R547.10 they raised for the animals we serve. Well done girls!

The morning was also the start of new beginnings for several TEARS’ puppies and kittens who were adopted by loving families – which is, after all, a core aim of our cause – to promote the joy of pet adoption by carefully matching up dogs and cats with their forever homes.

Happy TEARS at Belvedere caption - matching up puppies with their forever homes

Matching up puppies with their forever homes

A very big thank you to Belvedere Square Vet Shop for opening its doors to our tiny charges, and to Tanya and Brenda (watch her entertaining demonstration of the right way to hold a cat) for their super-human devotion to TEARS puppies and kittens – without doubt, you own the title of Mother of a Thousand Puppies/Kittens!