Johnny and June: A Love Story

It was mid-June when a community member contact the TEARS Facebook Page with a shocking image of two desperately thin dogs. Despite the poor quality of the image that was sent to us, we could see that the two dogs were suffering serious neglect. The lady who messaged informed us that her landlady’s dogs looked…

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Tallulah’s Life Begins Again

Tallulah arrived at the TEARS Veterinary Hospital in an absolutely shocking and disturbing state. Covered in stinking, faeces-filled dreadlocks that hid festering wounds with maggots and a thin, skeletal dog. The TEARS Veterinary Team attended to her immediately. More than 2-kgs of dreadlocks were removed. Her wounds were cleaned and the maggots removed. She was…

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Thelma’s Life is Transformed

Thelma and her friend Louise were rescued in late January from Hangberg Township in Hout Bat by Network For Animals and Shaygam Shelter. Once in the care of rescuers, she was immediately transported to the TEARS Veterinary Hospital for emergency veterinary intervention. Once examined by the TEARS Veterinary Team, it was found that Thelma had…

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Parvo Virus Outbreak Cape Town & Surrounds

During the last month the number of confirmed, positive parvo cases have been steadily climbing at TEARS Animal Rescue in Sunnydale, Cape Town. As the recent article circling on social media from other welfare groups also confirm, we are seeing more and more positive cases recently and this is sufficient evidence to believe there to…

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Mange Puppies Make A Remarkable Recovery

Thando, Niah and Amari were rescued from a low-income community by the TEARS Mobile Clinic. The three puppies were skeletal and absolutely covered from heads to tiny toes in mange. When examined by the TEARS Welfare Clinic veterinary team, it was found that the pups were approximately 2 months old and had probably suffered with…

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Driving Progress Towards Rabies Elimination

Rabies is a virus that is usually spread by the bite or scratch of an animal, most commonly dogs. Without early treatment, it is usually fatal, making rabies vaccinations in pets more important than ever. What is Rabies? Rabies is a viral disease that can be transmitted from an unvaccinated animal to a human, usually…

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Canine Parvovirus: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Canine parvovirus (parvo) affects all dogs, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months are at the greatest risk. Highly contagious, it causes an infectious gastrointestinal (GI) illness in puppies and young dogs, and without treatment can be fatal. Readily transmitted from one place to another on the hair or feet of dogs or…

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Feline Herpesvirus: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Nearly all cats are exposed to Feline Herpesvirus (FHV) at some point in their lives. Some develop more effective immunity against it, while many become carriers of the disease. Feline Herpesvirus (FHV), also known as Feline Viral Rhinopneumonitis (FVR), Rhinotracheitis Virus or Feline Herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1), is highly contagious and one of the major…

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Hazel: Beauty Burned with Boiling Water

It was a cold dark night and I was looking for some food.  There were lights on in the houses, but I knew that the people didn’t want me there.  But I was hungry.  It had been three full days since I’d had anything to eat and that had been a meagre meal of a…

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Feline Leukaemia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Feline Leukaemia is one of the most common infectious diseases found in cats. As the second-leading cause of death in cats, it’s responsible for up to 85% of deaths in infected felines within three years of diagnosis. However, exposure to the Feline Leukaemia virus, or FeLV, doesn’t have to be a death sentence; about 70%…

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