The Emma Animal Rescue Society (Tears)
Focus: Animal Care.
The Emma Animal Rescue Society (TEARS) is a pro-life, non-profit organisation whose core aim is to rescue, rehabilitate, re-unite and re-home lost, abandoned, abused and neglected dogs and cats. Daily we care for about 300 animals at our shelter, providing them with food, shelter, veterinary care, exercise and positive interaction with people until they can be placed in loving homes.
In addition to the work undertaken at the kennels and the cattery we strive to meet the needs of the surrounding underprivileged communities by:
- Lessening the suffering of abandoned, injured and abused dogs and cats by rescuing them, providing for their wellbeing and placing them into loving homes;
- Providing primary health care such as vaccinations, deworming and parasite control.
- Reducing the numbers of unwanted animals by offering free sterilisations for their companion animals.
- Providing a scheduled daily Mobile Clinic, offering basic health care (vaccinating, deworming, parasite control) and food to the animals six days a week.
- Establishing an essential working relationship with the residents to protect the rights of the animals; empowering and supporting them through effective education, guidance and follow up to create an awareness of the moral and ethical responsibility we have towards the animals whose world we share
- Providing a registered clinic on our premises, offering veterinary care for pets for any condition, illness or injury.
Supporting the above work is our on-site clinic which is equipped to deal with general vaccinations and other requirement for the primary healthcare we provide. This includes spays / neuters and other necessary surgeries.
Costs & Benefits
As a registered charity, TEARS relies entirely on public donations and the generosity of animal lovers. As such, volunteers contribute to the daily care of both the cats and the dogs.
At the kennels volunteers assist with the walking, brushing and stimulation of the dogs, exercising them in our green area with games and undertaking basic obedience training.
At the cattery volunteers spend time with the cats and kittens playing, socialising and stimulating them in their enclosures. Furthermore, international volunteers assist in the on-site and mobile clinics.
Qualified Veterinarians volunteer in the clinic assisting with surgery and emergency admissions.
The volunteer must be 16 years of age or older and will need to be able to communicate in English. As a minimum we recommend an up-to-date tetanus vaccination. A rabies vaccination may also be beneficial though cases in the kennels are rare.
There is no cost associated with volunteering at TEARS and all equipment needed for the execution of the various tasks will be provided on site. However, no accommodation or meals are provided by TEARS.
TEARS is located in a picturesque, southern suburb on Cape Town’s peninsular, approximately 30 kilometres from the city centre. Accommodation, though not available through TEARS, is available in the immediate area ranging from Backpackers within walking distance to guest houses and small hotels in nearby Kommetjie and Fish Hoek.
All amenities are available in the area and transport to the city centre via train is available from nearby Fish Hoek.
To volunteer at TEARS you must be at least 16 years old and be able to communicate adequately in English to allow staff and other volunteers to provide and receive instruction. It is beneficial to the volunteers to have had some exposure to walking and interacting with dogs of various sizes as well as cats.
The Emma Animal Rescue Society (Tears)
4 Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
P.O. Box 22376, Fish Hoek 7974, Western Cape, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 785 4482
Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Average cost per day: Free
Focus: Animal Care
Skills needed:Minimum age 16 years old.