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It is with great sadness that we have to cancel the TEARS Mandela Day Event for the second year in a row.

Mandela Day & Weekend brings us the most volunteers that we see throughout the whole year enabling us to tackle big projects that require many hands.

We encourage you to lend your Mandela Day support to TEARS by supporting our Give Warmth Campaign. TEARS has been actively feeding pets in the low-income communities surrounding us as the owners without work have been unable to care for their pets.

With winter, we've expanded our assistance to them in the form of giving blankets and kennels. You can support this campaign by giving at www.tears.org.za/give-warmth

If you are interested in volunteering with in the future, please fill out the form below to sign-up so we can contact you about future Pimp My Shelter days.

Remember to pick up your Mandela Day Exclusive Buff when donating on the Online Shop for R100!

Happy Birthday, Madiba! Choose to pledge your 67+ minutes to TEARS

Spread the love and choose TEARS Animal Rescue for your charitable contribution this year on Mandela Day. Each year, TEARS is blessed with a flood of volunteer support allowing us to complete projects that we wouldn't be able to without all of the extra hands. Throughout last year, we were unable to have a lot of volunteer support due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, we also were not able to hold a Mandela Day event during 2020.

For 2021, our Kennels and Cattery are dreaming big and have put together some projects that we really need some helping hands with.

Explore the Mandela Day Projects, pick a project that is close to your heart and register! We'll send you an email with the supplies you'll need to bring with you. To make things easier, you can order the supplies you'll need for your project from the TEARS Online Shop - they'll be ready and waiting for you at the shelter for your volunteer shift. Section 18A tax deduction certificates are available on request!

We are so excited for you to us this Mandela Day and help us make the TEARS Shelters the best that they can be. A happy shelter makes for happy pets - and helps them get adopted quicker.

This event will be COVID-19 Compliant and we await word from the President on this matter. In the meantime, please do sign up to volunteer or participate by making a donation!

Spread the love and choose TEARS Animal Rescue for your charitable contribution this year on Mandela Day. Each year, TEARS is blessed with a flood of volunteer support allowing us to complete projects that we wouldn't be able to without all of the extra hands. Throughout last year, we were unable to have a lot of volunteer support due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, we also were not able to hold a Mandela Day event during 2020.

For 2021, our Kennels and Cattery are dreaming big and have put together some projects that we really need some helping hands with.

Explore the Mandela Day Projects, pick a project that is close to your heart and register! We'll send you an email with the supplies you'll need to bring with you. To make things easier, you can order the supplies you'll need for your project from the TEARS Online Shop - they'll be ready and waiting for you at the shelter for your volunteer shift. Section 18A tax deduction certificates are available on request!

We are so excited for you to us this Mandela Day and help us make the TEARS Shelters the best that they can be. A happy shelter makes for happy pets - and helps them get adopted quicker.

Explore Our Mandela Day Projects

Doggie Park Pergola

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Location: TEARS Kennels

Ideal for: Teams or corporate groups

Create a latte roof on an existing pergola to create a shady hang-out spot in our Doggie Park. Find out more about this project.

Gardening

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Location: TEARS Kennels or TEARS Cattery

Perfect for: Individuals, couples, small groups and families with kids

Help spruce up the gardens and plant beds at our kennels and cattery. Green thumbs optional! 

Revamp a Kennel Enclosure

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Location: TEARS Kennels

Perfect for: Teams and corporate groups

Transform a dog enclosure and help make rescued tails wag while they wait to be adopted. 

General DIY

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Location: TEARS Kennels or TEARS Cattery

Perfect for: Individuals, couples and small groups

If you're good at DIY, we have a variety of projects for you to tackle while you volunteer. Bring your toolbox! 

Canine Cabana

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Location: TEARS Kennels

Perfect for: Teams and corporate groups

Construct a raised deck out of pallets in an exercise run for dogs to play and chill on (and under!). Find out more about this project.

Painting

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Location: TEARS Kennels or TEARS Cattery

Perfect for: Individuals, couples, small groups and families with kids

Everything has a new leash on life with a fresh lick of paint! Come prepared to get a little messy. Find out more about this project.

Kennel Archway

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Location: TEARS Kennels

Perfect for: A couple or small group

Create an archway out of latte poles for an existing bougainvillea to climb on and cover. Find out more about this project.

Support Our Charity Shops

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Location: TEARS Charity Shops

Perfect for: Everyone!

Do a 67 minute Spring Clean and drop unneeded items at a TEARS Charity Shop. Previously loved goods translates into vet care, shelter and so much more for animals in need. 

Entrance & Recycling Area

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Location: TEARS Kennels

Perfect for: Teams and corporate groups

Upgrade our entrance, recycling and refuse area by installing a covered roof and a living pallet wall. Find out more about this project.

Varnishing

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Location: TEARS Kennels or TEARS Cattery

Perfect for: Individuals, couples, small groups and families with kids

We have a number of Wendy houses in desperate need of varnishing to extend their lifeline. Find out more about this project.

Shelter Upkeep

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Location: TEARS Kennels or TEARS Cattery

Perfect for: Individuals, couples and small groups

Help keep our shelters in tip-top shape! We're looking for muscles and/or organising skills.

Honour Madiba By Volunteering. Register Here!

This event has been cancelled due to the adjust Level-4 Lockdown extension making gatherings unlawful. Please do fill out the form below so that we can contact you about future Pimp My Shelter Days when we need volunteers for shelter improvements.

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Can't join us? Make a Donation to Show Your Support

Donate supplies by purchasing items from the TEARS Online Shop for volunteers to use on Mandela Day:

Do MORE for Animals on Mandela Day

  • Visit the TEARS Online Shop and donate towards a project by sponsoring materials or sponsor the entire project.
  • 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 towards Mandela Day.
  • TEARS will act as a donation hub for the Charity Shops during Mandela Day -- be sure to bring all donations with you when you are here to volunteer.
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