In January this year, TEARS Animal Rescue was facing its greatest crisis ever – we were not generating sufficient income to manage our shelters, provide veterinary services for our indigent communities and sustain our various projects – our funds had all but dried up, we owed creditors a large sum of money and our bank loan had been used to its maximum. The demand for our clinic and hospital services was escalating all the time and, realizing that our impoverished communities were so dependent on our help, we continued to provide services and subsidize our clinic and hospital treatment costs, resulting in TEARS running at considerable loss over a number of months.In February we implemented austerity measures, to ameliorate the extreme financial crisis faced by our organisation, and one of the most drastic measures was to reduce our staff complement by over 20%. This understandably put a huge strain on the remaining staff, but they all came through for TEARS, working hard and putting in long hours. Thankfully, for many of our staff, TEARS is a way of life and not just a nine-to-five job and their commitment to our organisation is outstanding. With the help of our devoted volunteers, our volunteer fund-raising committee and the genuine care and concern of our supporters, many of them who organized fund-raising events, TEARS has slowly begun to turn the corner.
This year has been our toughest ever, but, as the year draws to a close, we can breathe a sigh of relief as our organisation has been saved. Our creditors have been paid, we have money in the bank to see us through, and most of our projects are back on track. It’s been a hard lesson, but we are undeterred and will do everything we can to ensure that we never again find ourselves in such a precarious financial situation.
To all our special TEARS friends who cared, who generously donated to our cause, who helped us to raise funds, we express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation; without your support and compassion the situation could have been so different.
From the Directors, Management and Staff at TEARS, we wish you all a Blessed and Safe Festive Season, and a New Year filled with Peace and Prosperity.
Yours in paws,
Co-Founder and Director