Volunteer at TEARS

Gift your time or skills to help animals

You Change Lives

Time is the most precious of commodities in our post modern world. TEARS relies on the generosity of volunteers to invest their time together with their big hearts to help TEARS fulfill its mission in improving the lives of neglected, abused and unwanted companion animals. We can put your spare time to good use as a TEARS volunteer.

Perhaps you can help by cuddling kitties or walking dogs in your spare time? Maybe you are a book lover who can contribute sorting books at our charity shops? Do you have marketing or fundraising skills that can help us reach more people? Perhaps you’re an educator and have some spare time to help us extend our education outreach programme?  Only have time on the weekends? No problem! If you have a skill, we have a need that you can fill.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart.” ~ Elizabeth Andrew

Pleae note that due to resources, we no longer offer School Learner Community Service at our premises. However, there are ways for schools and school children to get involved at TEARS to complete School Learner Community Service, please contact volunteer@tears.org.za.


Volunteering at the Kennels

We are looking for long term volunteers and do not offer once-off volunteering

Age Restrictions: volunteers need to be sixteen years of age or older.

Walking days are Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 0930 - 1500

Enrichment on Mondays. 0930 - 1500

Volunteering at the Cattery

TEARS kitties love someone to play and give them some love.

Age Restrictions: volunteers need to be fourteen years and older.

Monday – Sunday 1000 – 1500 Please book time and date beforehand by contacting cattery@tears.org.za

First time volunteering at the Cattery? Book an orientation by contacting cattery@tears.org.za

Always need to socialise the kitties someone to play and give them some love.

Remember to bring some kitty treats and toys with you!

Donate your time

Being a volunteer at TEARS means being the best part of a homeless animal’s day. Volunteers make a world of difference to the animals in care, to our fundraising and at our charity shops.

Dog Walking

The best part of TEARS' dogs week is Wednesday, Friday and Sunday walking days. Join us at 10am to make a tail-wagging difference to their lives in kennels while they wait for their forever homes.

Contact volunteer@tears.org.za to find out more.

Cat Cuddling


Our kitties love to be cuddled! Help us get them ready for easy adoption by spending time socialising and loving them on Wednesdays midday from 11:00 - 13:00.

To book email cattery@tears.org.za.

Dog & Puppy Training and Enrichment

We work with expert behaviourists and trainers to ensure that our dogs and puppies learn behaviour basics to get them ready for adoption. If you would like to get involved - please join us on Mondays from 10.00am to 12 noon for dog enrichment and training, and on Tuesdays between 10h00 -12h00 for puppy training.

Support Our Charity Shops

Your donated books, clothes and household items go on sale in our Charity Shops - helping to support animals in need. If you are a book-lover and have some spare time please help us sort, clean and shelve books at our Charity Shops in Retreat and Valeyland.

To volunteer contact books@tears.org.za


Join us in raising funds to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in need. It’s all hands on deck when it comes to events, and we are grateful for all the extra help we can get.

To join our events team - please email marketing@tears.org.za


With over 100 dogs and 150 cats in our kennels and cattery at any time, keeping their facilities and spaces clean, safe and insulated is a constant task. If you enjoy DIY or have maintenance or building skills please assist us by joining one of our monthly Muddy Paws days.

Contact volunteer@tears.org.za

Professional Skills

Your can make a huge difference to companion animals in distress. No matter how much time you have to give – we will make it count. We are always in need of graphic designers, photographers, videographers, copywriters, builders, dog behaviourists, veterinary services and so on.

If you have the heart and the skills to share please contact volunteer@tears.org.za

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