TEARS Animal Rescue’s Kennel Evacuation – The Great Escape

Thank you so much for the overwhelming response to foster TEARS rescue dogs and puppies!

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of the animals in our care during these uncertain and challenging times, and being in a home with people who can provide a loving and safe environment, is the ideal solution until we know we can operate as normal.

Since issuing our appeal to Capetonians on social media yesterday evening, TEARS has received thousands of emails offering support and care. It is incredible to know how much TEARS is supported, so thank you.

Unfortunately we will not be able to respond to everyone who offered to foster. Due to the overwhelming response and in order to ensure that we get all the dogs out safely within the next 48 hours, we are only prioritising “dog-savvy” homes that will provide TEARS dogs with the safest environment, namely those with the least amount of existing pets and/or young children ~ as the tight timeframes are forcing us to bypass otherwise essential socialisation and cat tests.

In the interests of social distancing and putting safety-first, please only come to TEARS if you have received an email confirmation to foster from the TEARS Kennel Crew. From Friday, 27 March, TEARS will be closed to the public for the duration of the lockdown. The TEARS Clinic will remain operational for veterinary emergencies and essential admissions only.

Thank you for your understanding and support. TEARS couldn’t do what it does, without the people of Cape Town!


TEARS rescue cats will remain at the TEARS Cattery on Wenga Farm where they are safest. Cats are more challenging to foster due to socialisation, orientation and stress implications. However we are compiling a Family Foster list for cats and kittens that aren’t reliant on medication, in the event that the situation becomes unstable. If you’re able to foster a feline in the event that we need to evacuate our cats, please complete a form here.

TEARS Mobile Clinic

TEARS will continue to provide essential and emergency services for sick and injured pets in the vulnerable communities that we serve (Masiphumelele, Ocean View, Vrygrond and Redhill)

All elective procedures (sterilisations and vaccinations) will be suspended during the lockdown due to Veterinary Association protocols.

TEARS Charity Shops

Our four Charity Shops will be closing for the duration of the lockdown.

Our Online Shop

You can continue to order pet-food and supplies via the TEARS online shop as a direct financial benefit to the organisation. Cape Town wide delivery. Every purchase helps animals in need!

Emergency Relief

Due to the financial impact on TEARS over the next four weeks, the biggest need at present is funds to offset the loss of income resulting from closing our four charity shops until after the 16th April.

We appreciate any and all contributions to our Emergency Relief Fund, which will enable TEARS to continue rescuing and caring for the sick and injured during the Lockdown. Click here to send a life-saving donation.

To follow this amazing story and the animals that are at the centre of it, join the Facebook Group: The Great Escape