Education is Key To a Better Future
TEARS rescues and treats approximately 1050 animals every month. Over 400 of those cases involve deliberate acts of cruelty and/or long-term abuse in the form of short chains, malnutrition, preventable disease, over-exposure, and includes dog fighting and incidences of bestiality.
It starts with education. We are passionate about using humane education as a foundational anchor for teaching children about caring responsibly for their pets. Animal abuse and neglect is something that can only be countered through compassion education, pet care training and youth enrichment at a grass roots level.
You can help us in expanding our educational outreach programme to reach more schools in vulnerable communities where we aim to empower, inspire and impact a positive change in behaviour through humane education.
TEARS has launched a pilot Community Education and Pet Care Training Programme in Vrygrond in the second week of September. The eight-week course was hosted by two TEARS Animal Welfare Co-ordinators and a registered TEARS Animal Behaviourist. The course combined dog and pet care training with understanding the Five Freedoms and took place at Capricorn Primary School for children aged between eight and 18 years old.
The Programme promoted positive attitudes such as compassion, empathy and respect for all life; and includes free sterilisations and vaccinations of dogs and cats within the area to prevent the spread of infectious animal diseases and curtail illegal breeding and pet overpopulation.