Taylor Nicholas with Sloan

Cape Town – TEARS Animal Rescue, a non-profit animal welfare organisation serving the Western Cape’s South Peninsula for the last twenty-one years, is excited to announce that its’ annual flagship fundraising event, the TEARS Sleepathon, will be taking place on Saturday the 14th, 21st and 28th of November 2020. For the sake of adhering to social distancing and COVID-19 health and safety regulations, ticket sales will be limited to 65 per event. Hosted at the TEARS Animal Rescue Shelters in Sunnydale, the Sleepover invites animal lovers of all ages to wear their hearts on their sleeping bags and spend a night cuddling with shelter dogs and cats.


A critical fundraising event for TEARS the event generates between R400,000 – R500,000 for the organization, which enables TEARS to operate its mobile clinic and provide essential veterinary and healthcare services, including free vaccinations and sterilisations, for pets from low-income communities. Tickets cost R200 per person and can be bought online from Quicket. Participants are encouraged to sign up as individuals, as corporate teams, or as a family or group of friends with the task of raising funds leading up to their sleepover. 


Find out why shelter pets cuddle better, help fundraise for their future and join us for a sleepover you’ll never forget!

Ideas on how to fundraise and what to expect at the event are included in the Sleepathon Welcome Pack, which is emailed to participants upon the purchase of their tickets. On arrival at the TEARS Sleepathon, participants will check-in at the shelter at 6pm and enjoy ‘pawsome’ hospitality, a gourmet plant-based dinner and plenty of bonding time with their shelter buddies until 7am the following morning. Everyone is encouraged to bring sleeping bags and camping gear, as well as snacks and treats to make their sleepover as memorable as possible.


Geertjan Bijdeweg, Kirsten Dean and Belinda-Ann Dean with Max and Cody

Marketing Coordinator at TEARS, Luke Kruyt, “The TEARS Sleepathon is one of our favourite and most important fundraising events of the year. In addition to its’ role as a critical revenue generator for the organisation, it has a massive positive impact on the animals in our care. After all, a kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. We like to believe that our ‘Sleepathoners’ also enjoy the experience as much as our shelter animals do, and we’ve been fortunate in the past to facilitate some adoptions as a direct result of the Sleepathon.”


There are numerous ways to fundraise for the Sleepathon, including a request for donations via social media and/or recruiting family and friends to pledge donations towards your participation in the Sleepathon. Last year TEARS was fortunate to enjoy the support of TEARS Sleepathon “heroes” like 12-year-old Harry Chandler and mother-daughter duo, Lindsay Edwards and Pauline Dwyer, to help us reach our fundraising targets for 2019. Harry raised R13 400 by asking his family and friends to sponsor his stay at the shelter and estate agent Lindsay and teacher Pauline, roped in their work colleagues and students to assist, raising R21 425.


Lindsay Edwards with Peach and Zoey

TEARS’ mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome domestic animals in need. As a pro-life, registered, non-profit organisation, TEARS relies on the support of caring individuals and corporates for funding and to assist it in fulfilling its mission to rescue, rehabilitate, rehome, and bring relief to animals in distress, whether through intervention, education, or medical assistance.


The TEARS Sleepathon 2020 is taking place at the TEARS Animal Rescue Kennels (4 Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale, Cape Town, 7975) and Cattery (Wenga Farm, 21 Kommetjie Road, Sunnydale, Cape Town, 7975). For more information visit or to get your ticket, click here.