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SNAP Programme

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We believe every dog and cat has her day, so we’re happy to give you the tools and assistance to provide a loving home for a needy dog or cat from our shelter. Our Special Needs Adoption Programme provides post-adoption veterinary and behavioural support, as well as waiving the adoption fee.

 

SENIOR PETS

Senior pets (8 years and older) are often the most overlooked at animal shelters. They have a few years under the proverbial belt, but there’s still plenty of fun and affection up ahead. If you have an empty spot on your sofa, we might have just the right couch potato for you.

Post-adoption support for senior pets:
  • Free veterinary consults, yearly health checks and surgery at TEARS Animal Rescue Veterinary Clinic (terms and conditions apply)
  • Food at a reduced rate
  • Medication and supplements at a reduced rate (terms and conditions apply)
  • Waived adoption fee


BEHAVIOURAL NEEDS

A heartbreaking aspect of rescue work is seeing the neglect and abuse that humans can inflect on our furry friends. Through no fault of their own, dogs and cats can develop behavioural issues and need some help gaining confidence, overcoming negative behavioural habits and putting their best paw forward. With patience and guidance from our behaviourist, you will soon find that an unbreakable bond is formed with your misunderstood pet which is wonderfully rewarding.

Post-adoption support for pets with behavioural needs:
  • Free consultation with an animal behaviourist
  • Food at a reduced rate
  • Medication and supplements at a reduced rate (terms and conditions apply)
  • Free post-adoption support and advice
  • Waived adoption fee


MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Some dogs and cats lead a life of hardship before being rescued and have the scars to prove it. It is always more difficult to find a home for a pet with a medical condition, physical disability or chronic health condition (such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, dermatitis or heart murmurs). Our SNAP programme means you can, with peace of mind, make a special-needs pet whole by giving them a home.

Post-adoption support for pets with medical conditions:
  • Free veterinary consults, yearly health checks and surgery at TEARS Animal Rescue Veterinary Clinic (terms and conditions apply)
  • Prescription food at a reduced rate
  • Medication and supplements at a reduced rate
  • Waived adoption fee


FIV+ CATS

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a disease much like HIV in humans; cats who contract the disease tend to have compromised immune systems due to a drop in white blood cells. While FIV+ cats can live full, happy lives, they do need a little extra medical attention to manage the illness. Humans, dogs and other animals can’t contract FIV as it is feline-specific. It is spread through mating and fighting between cats which is why all cats should be sterilised. FIV+ cats make the perfect indoor cats and apartment pets: being kept safely indoors will prevent them from being susceptible to other feline illness and disease.

TEARS Cattery has a special garden enclosure for FIV+ cats but, sadly, they are often overlooked for adoption due to their status.

Post-adoption support for FIV+ cats:
  • Free veterinary consults, yearly health checks and surgery at TEARS Animal Rescue Veterinary Clinic (terms and conditions apply)
  • Food at a reduced rate
  • Medication and supplements at a reduced rate
  • Waived adoption fee


SHY OR SEMI-FERAL CATS

The chance of a shy adult cat finding a family to love tends to be Mission Impossible! But what these cats lack in confidence and finesse, they make up for in so many other ways. Given a little time, patience and gentle TLC, a shy cat can flourish into a devoted companion. Given the right support and care, they may also make great barn and horse-stable cats to keep rodent populations under control. Do you have a place in your heart for a secret admirer?

Post-adoption support for shy or semi-feral cats:
  • Free veterinary consults, yearly health checks and surgery at TEARS Animal Rescue Veterinary Clinic (terms and conditions apply)
  • Food at a reduced rate
  • Medication and supplement at a reduced rate (terms and conditions)
  • Waived adoption fee


If you are one of the extraordinary people who can open your heart and home to a special needs animal, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Canine queries: adoptions@tears.org.za
Feline queries: cattery@tears.org.za