It’s that time of the year when there’s a definite bite in the air, letting us know winter is here. The chilly drop in overnight temperatures has TEARS Animal Rescue on a mission to collect blankets, kennels and other items to keep cats and dogs warm.

The impact of the economic climate on low-income communities means that many are not able to provide for their pets as they once were. People and families living on or near the breadline are struggling to come up with the funds to simply feed their pets, let alone provide them with the comfort of a blanket or adequate shelter during the coldest time of the year.

Let's join together to keep vulnerable pets warm this winter. Pets in low-income communities need food, blankets and adequate shelter. In the TEARS Welfare Clinic, we need heating pads to keep sick and injured pets warm and protected. And there are still homeless pets at the TEARS Kennels and Cattery that need fleece blankets while they wait for their forever homes.

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What else can I do to help?

  • Make a general donation to the Give Warmth campaign - your gift will be used for what's needed most.
  • Building a kennel for a pet in a low-income community is a fun DIY project for the whole family! All you need to change a life and give warmth this winter is a few supplies, handyman tools and a few hours of your time. Click here to find a step-by-step guide to build a dog kennel out of wooden pallets.
  • Start your own online fundraising project to raise funds to Give Warmth this winter. 
  • Gather up any extra blankets, comforters, towels and pet beds in decent condition that you are no longer using and drop them off at TEARS Animal Rescue in Sunnydale or the TEARS Charity Centre in Retreat.
  • Not in Cape Town? Check online to see if there is an organisation in your area that needs blankets or is specifically dedicated to collecting blankets and other pet bedding for local shelters and rescues. 

Tips and Advice

  • Fleece blankets are perfect as they are warm, easy to wash and quick to dry - which is great for the erratic winter sunshine. 
  • You can buy inexpensive, secondhand blankets, comforters and towels at charity shops and thrift stores to donate.