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Without a systematic and concentrated approach to the humane education of communities, particularly children, animal cruelty and neglect will continue unabated.

South Africa faces similar social challenges to those found around the world, but many of these ills are exacerbated by poverty and all its many knock-on effects.

Slider 7TEARS staff attempt wherever they can, to educate our surrounding communities, and those we come into contact with, farther afield, about the burden of care we owe to the animals who share our lives.

More formally, we offer the opportunity for learners to carry out their community service requirements (part of the Social Sciences curriculum) at our premises. These workshops happen during the school holidays when learners get the chance to discover fun facts about TEARS’ mission to animals and wider animal welfare challenges. They are able to carry out some of the chores that are a part of daily life in a shelter, and interact with our dogs and cats. Through the use of an art project, each individual is encouraged to think about how he or she can be part of animal welfare solutions.

Please read our Learner Community Service Policy

Our staff also visit various holiday clubs in our surrounding communities to speak to the children about the freedoms every animal should enjoy, and what to do if their dog or cat is ever in need of medical help.

If humane education is close to your heart and you see the sense and necessity of it, you can help.

Donate towards the purchase of humane education material at

Volunteer to help with learner workshops if you have teaching experience: