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WE’VE HAD TO ADJUST OUR URGENT APPEAL!

 

A WEEK AGO WE CALLED FOR YOUR HELP TO KEEP OUR
TEARS CLINICS AFLOAT – THIS IS HOW YOU’VE ANSWERED…

 

We set a target of raising R250,000 in 28 days to avoid drastic cut-backs that will affect our ability to be there for the flood of abused and sick animals treated through our community and mobile clinics.

We kept the target low, hoping you wouldn’t be daunted by the task ahead. 

But we’ve been deeply moved by your response: R109 122 from animal lovers across the country and abroad, and R100 000 from the generous members of a trust. 

It gives us great pleasure to have the unexpected task of increasing our appeal target to R500,000 which will go a way towards off-setting the R2.7 million it will cost us to run our clinics in the coming year. Please keep giving – whether sharing our appeal or donating towards our community and mobile clinics.

You’ve been more generous than we dared hope – can we possibly raise the bar even higher for the animals who need us now?

 

Why give? – This is what will happen if our clinics stop operating: 

  • Dramatic spike in animal suffering
  • Added strain on low-income households (70% medical costs currently borne by TEARS)
  • Animal populations out of control (TEARS only Western Cape organisation that offers free sterilisations in the communities we serve)
  • Increased pet deaths in absence of mobile clinics (TEARS only grassroots health care and cruelty intervention in many W/C areas)
  • Diseases spread through poor areas and farther afield (TEARS provides first vaccinations free and stems regular epidemics of panleukopenia, parvo virus and canine distemper). Without immunisation, increase of zoonosis outbreaks likely (animal diseases transmitted to humans – ebola, influenza, rabies, salmonellosis, mange) .
  • Animals awaiting adoption treated by outsourced professionals (in-house care dramatically decreases TEARS veterinary costs)
  • Significant increase in euthanasia of domestic animals (TEARS, a pro-quality-of-life shelter, finds homes for about 1300 animals every year)
  • Knock-on effect for other welfare groups (TEARS carries out veterinary services for smaller welfare organisations in W/C)

 

WILL YOU HELP KEEP OUR CLINICS WHERE THEY’RE NEEDED MOST?

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Kristen's amazing transformation!

Just over a year ago, TEARS mobile clinic staff braved the sweltering heat to visit Vrygrond township. They found an emaciated dog at the side of the road, her skin horribly ravaged by mange and parasites. She was covered in scabs and infected sores, and clearly terrified, but somehow she sensed that the mobile clinic staff could help her. With tail tucked between her legs, she allowed a staff member to approach, and reach out and touch her. Many months later, Kristen was adopted into a loving home.

It costs R2.7 million a year to rescue and treat individuals like Kristen through our community and mobile clinics. We have just 28 days to bring in R250 000 before the start of the new financial year. We need your help to avoid drastic cut-backs that will affect our ability to be there for the next dog like Kristen who need us desperately.

It’s your donation that will help us to keep lifting their heads above the water.

Kristen's new beginnings

While manning the mobile clinic and collecting sterilisations in Vrygrond township on Monday, 21 December, our staff lost all Christmas cheer when they came across a very sad, sorrowful sight: a pitiful female dog with a severe case of mange stumbled up to the van. Her skin was encrusted in thick scabs and sticky secretions, and she had multiple open sores covering her emaciated body. When her owner refused to engage in conversation with TEARS personnel with regards to her well-being and treatment, there was no doubt that uplifting her from her life of pain and suffering was the right thing to do.She was brought back to TEARS Animal Rescue to start her new life! First on the makeover agenda was a new name – we settled on Kristen, a pretty name for a delicate girl! Next was a consultation with our veterinarian who ascertained that, apart from being severely malnourished, she was suffering from two different types of mange, infected Erlichia, a tick-borne disease, and bearing the signs of many years of neglect and mistreatment. Right away, TEARS began her veterinary treatment, where she received a good meal, a soothing bath, all necessary medications and a soft, warm bed to call her own. Since her arrival, she has progressed in leaps and bounds. Kristen is now an enthusiastic, loving girl who lets you know how happy she is as soon as she sees you coming. Above all else, she hopes for a family to finally love her in return.#opttoadopt from #tearsanimalrescue | 0217854482 | adoptions@tears.org.za | www.tears.org.za | #mixedbreedpuredog | SMS "Donate TEARS" to 40580 to donate R20 to the cause 🙂

Posted by TEARS Animal Rescue on Monday, 11 January 2016

Kristen's new beginning

While manning the mobile clinic and collecting sterilisations in Vrygrond township on Monday, 21 December, our staff lost all Christmas cheer when they came across a very sad, sorrowful sight: a pitiful female dog with a severe case of mange stumbled up to the van. Her skin was encrusted in thick scabs and sticky secretions, and she had multiple open sores covering her emaciated body. When her owner refused to engage in conversation with TEARS personnel with regards to her well-being and treatment, there was no doubt that uplifting her from her life of pain and suffering was the right thing to do.She was brought back to TEARS Animal Rescue to start her new life! First on the makeover agenda was a new name – we settled on Kristen, a pretty name for a delicate girl! Next was a consultation with our veterinarian who ascertained that, apart from being severely malnourished, she was suffering from two different types of mange, infected Erlichia, a tick-borne disease, and bearing the signs of many years of neglect and mistreatment. Right away, TEARS began her veterinary treatment, where she received a good meal, a soothing bath, all necessary medications and a soft, warm bed to call her own. Since her arrival, she has progressed in leaps and bounds. Kristen is now an enthusiastic, loving girl who lets you know how happy she is as soon as she sees you coming. Above all else, she hopes for a family to finally love her in return.#opttoadopt from #tearsanimalrescue | 0217854482 | adoptions@tears.org.za | www.tears.org.za | #mixedbreedpuredog | SMS "Donate TEARS" to 40580 to donate R20 to the cause 🙂

Posted by TEARS Animal Rescue on Monday, 11 January 2016

The only medical care many dogs and cats receive in their lifetime is from our mobile clinics that visit Masiphumelele, Vrygrond, Ocean View and Red Hill, every week without fail; amounting to 478 outreach clinics each year.

Our on-site community clinic and mobile units carry out 9000 medical procedures on average each year; saving countless dogs and cats from abuse, disease and injury. Why do we say “countless”? Because without free sterilisation, it’s hard to estimate the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born to a life of suffering if were unable to intervene.

The treatment and rehabilitation of TEARS cats and dogs awaiting adoption is heavily reliant on the medical services we are able to provide for them.

It costs us R2.7-million each year to hold back the flood of injury, disease and abuse to animals. Times are tough and we know the pain it would cause to scale back on the lifesaving services our clinics offer. Please help us to stop the pain. It’s your donation that will help us to keep holding their heads above the water.

 

YES! I WILL HELP KEEP TEARS COMMUNITY CLINICS AFLOAT

 

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