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Adoption Process

If you’re visiting our adoption pages, we hope you are considering adopting a TEARS dog or cat. If this is the case, we’re thrilled!

We can assure you, as you set out on this journey, a TEARS adoption means we will be with you every step of the way – guiding you through this exciting, but sometimes daunting process of choosing a new addition to your family.


Step 1:  Have a look at our adoption profiles and see if anyone of those gorgeous faces stands out for you. If yes, fill in the online form that will pop through to our dedicated adoption staff who are waiting to receive your inquiry.

Step 2:  One of our adoption specialists will call you to talk about your circumstances and requirements so we can be as sure as possible that the dog you’re interested in would be a good fit.

Step 3: Now the fun part – you get to meet the dog or dogs that might suit your family. This happens during a visit to our kennels or cattery when you will be guided through the introductions by an adoptions counsellor.

Step 4:  Once you’ve decided on your favourite pooch, one of our staff or volunteers will visit you at home to check that your home will be a suitable environment for that particular dog, and complies with our Adoption Policy. This check is carried out for the safety and wellbeing of both animals and humans. Adoptions should be all about happiness and new beginnings.

Step 5:  Once the home check has been processed, our adoptions staff will give you a happy call to let you know when you can fetch your new family member. Now it’s time to head for the shops for new beds, bowls, toys and treat.

Step 6:  If you already have pooches at home, we’ll ask you to bring them to TEARS where, in a controlled environment, overseen by experiences staff, we will introduce your pets to the new addition. It does happen that sometimes dogs take an instant dislike to each other which could be dangerous for all concerned.

Step 7:  You’ve done the shopping, and your dog is going to be great mates with your new addition. Now it’s time to head home to a new chapter. It might be the first home this dog has ever had. You’ve done a great thing.

Step 8:  There are occasions when a dog faces some challenges fitting into a new home. Again, you are not alone. TEARS’ highly-qualified animal behaviourist will follow-up and can help you through the settling-in process or give you the right advice about next steps to take.

What your adoption fee covers

Our adoption fee of R750 helps us provide you with a healthy and protected animal.

Adoption fee covers

Feel good fact: A TEARS adoption not only provides you with a new family member, it also means that another dog can find a place at TEARS in the hope of being adopted into a loving home as a new rescue takes the place of your dog in that kennel.

Adoption Questionnaire

Unconditional love is just a click away! Click here to complete an Adoption Questionnaire and to start the adoption process!

SNAP Programme


Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape, and a little worn around the edges, but they fit so well!

Senior pets (8+ years and older) are often the most overlooked at animal shelters because they have a few years under the proverbial belt, but with those years comes experience and knowledge that the younger crowd lack and there’s are still plenty of fun and affection up ahead! If you have an empty spot on your sofa that needs filling, we might have just the right couch potato for you!

Post adoption support for senior pets includes:
  • Free veterinary consults, yearly health checks and surgery at the TEARS Animal Rescue Veterinary Clinic (if necessary and within capability and capacity)
  • Food at a reduced rate
  • Medication and supplements at a reduced rate (if necessary)
  • Waived adoption fee

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