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TEARS Animal Rescue Appeals to Capetonians to Support Vulnerable Pets this Mandela Day

Join TEARS this Mandela Day to make a difference in the lives of the rescue animals in their care.

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Mandela Day is fast approaching and many are starting to consider what they will be doing to mark the day on the 18th of July. In celebration of Madiba’s positive legacy, TEARS Animal Rescue is inviting individuals, companies, families, and groups of friends to join in on supporting Kennel and Cattery projects aimed at extending kindness and making a difference to rescue pets.

Mandela Day encourages people worldwide to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to give back and help those in need. TEARS, based in Sunnydale, Cape Town, calls upon corporates and individuals to participate in vital building and maintenance projects that will improve the environment and enhance the lives of the over 200 rescue pets in their care. This invitation extends to the TEARS Mandela Day Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, the 15th and 16th of July, respectively, and including Mandela Day, on Tuesday, the 18th of July.

TEARS Kennel Manager Luke Kruyt says, “At TEARS, we’re no strangers to the power of unity. Each year, we witness a beautiful surge of volunteer support that empowers us to take on extraordinary projects that transform our shelters into havens of happiness where wagging tails and purring hearts find solace. We’re hoping companies, individuals, families, and friends will come together and spend an hour or two at TEARS for Mandela Day this year and help us complete enhancement projects at the shelter in honour of South Africa’s’ beloved icon Nelson Mandela.”

Companies that are unable to commit the time can still show their support by hosting a Casual Day charity day whereby staff dress-up in celebration of Madiba’s birthday, with all proceeds being donated to TEARS.

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Embracing the spirit of giving, TEARS encourages its supporters to consider becoming volunteers or signing up for an R67 monthly debit order.

TEARS Operations Manager, Mandy Store highlights the impact a recurring gift can have on the life of a homeless pet. “As little as R67 provides life-saving vaccinations and deworming to one kitten or puppy per month. For the price of a small pizza, you can save one animal’s life every month,” she says.

TEARS, a public beneficiary organisation (PBO) synonymous with ‘second chances’, will be celebrating 25 years of rescuing, treating, rehabilitating, and rehoming vulnerable pets next year. TEARS relies entirely on the support of its Trust and Foundation and Corporate partners, as well as individual donors and volunteers, to extend its impact and provide hope for homeless and abandoned pets.

Join TEARS this Mandela Day to make a difference in the lives of the rescue animals in their care. To pledge your support or access more information, please visit tears.org.za/mandeladay.

Mandela Day at TEARS

Dates: Mandela Day – Tuesday, 18 July 2023
Mandela Weekend – Saturday, 15 July, and Sunday, 16 July 2023
Venue: TEARS Animal Rescue
4 Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale, Cape Town, 7975
Time:10:00 – 15:00.

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