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South Africans heed the call to help shelter dogs

Animal rescue facility thanks public who've opened hearts and pockets to care for animals in need of food and shelter

Tears animal rescue has been successful in its call for foster homes for their dogs

Kind-hearted South Africans have come out to support pets in need, ensuring many animal shelters countrywide are empty during the lockdown, thanks to the animals being fostered.

When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the national lockdown on March 23, Tears Animal Rescue in Cape Town knew they would have to close their doors.

They made an urgent appeal on Facebook, asking for help to “activate #TheGreatEscape by providing a foster home for one or more of our rescue dogs for the duration of the lockdown”.

Kind-hearted Capetonians did what South Africans do in times of crisis – come together to help – and sp the more than 100 dogs in the rescue facility are now happily installed in their foster homes.

“We don’t have enough gratitude for the love that Cape Town has shown us.”

Tears Animal Rescue

“We are committed to the safety and well-being 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.

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We cannot do this without our supporters!” Tears Animal Rescue said on Facebook in response to the thousands of people who offered to help.

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With a combined 2,092 days at @tearsanimalrescue, TEARS’ “it” couple Neytiri and Zeke have left the building… together!!! Our dreams came true in early March when the two were adopted by self-proclaimed Dog Dad and Dog Mom, Craig and Jess. ⠀ ⠀ Neytiri and Zeke both arrived at TEARS just a few months apart in 2017. They’ve been fast friends ever since. A regular married couple, they do have their disagreements but we all know ladies are the boss. ⠀ ⠀ Jess and Craig actually came to TEARS with the intention to adopt two other dogs but surprised us with an on-the-spot change of heart that totally took our breath away. ⠀ ⠀ At home, they’ve played hard and slept hard too! One of the best things to see when our dogs get adopted is that they can rest so well in their new homes. ⠀ ⠀ With the unexpected lockdown, Neytiri and Zeke have been kept busy with some games and obedience training to keep their minds active. Jess and Craig are totally smitten with the new additions to their family and report that they are settling in more and more each day. We’re happy to report that they are totally committed to giving Neytiri and Zeke the life that they have been waiting for. ⠀ ⠀ We’ll miss you both but couldn’t be more glad to see you go to such a wonderful home!

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To donate to Tears go to https://tears.org.za/donate/

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