It is the festive season and a time to celebrate and share gifts with those you love. It is a time for happiness, but for many animals, the holidays are a time to dread – because when the festive season begins, animal shelters are bombarded with abandoned dogs and cats.
When some people go on holiday, their pets become a nuisance – so they dump them on the street or at a shelter, never giving another thought about them or even considering the cruelty they inflict on these creatures who love them.
Some people will even abandon an older dog in favor of a cute young puppy.
To animal lovers like you and us, it’s incomprehensible that people could do such things, but for our South African partner TEARS, it could not be more real.
Our partner TEARS experiences a massive surge in the number of animals dumped at its shelter over the holidays.
The TEARS shelter serves one of the toughest and most dangerous Cape Town slums. People there are poor and very few have the vaguest idea of how to treat animals.
In normal times, TEARS cares for 120 dogs and puppies, and 140 cats and kittens. During the holidays, they will have an extra 300 cats and 500 dogs – abandoned by their owners and found by our team, sick or injured, on the streets.
Another 300 dogs and cats will be dumped at the shelter (many owners say they will collect their pets after the holidays, but only 10% of them ever return).
Others lie and say they found an animal on the street – when actually, they simply no longer want their pet! No animal deserves to endure this terrible trauma and disappointment.
The only consolation is that the dogs and cats find themselves in the care of the compassionate and dedicated TEARS team – but without your help, this care would be impossible.
Without TEARS, there would be nowhere for these now-homeless animals to go – but TEARS is financially stretched and turned to our supporters for help. TEARS never turns a sick or abandoned animal away. Please donate right now to ensure that we and our partner can continue to save lives during this holiday season.
We have supported TEARS’ wonderful work for years, and with your continued kindness this season, we can keep doing so. We simply cannot let these animals down. Right now, you are their only hope. Your donation will give them a home, and a glimmer of hope, during the holidays and beyond.
So many older dogs and cats will be dumped to make space for a new puppy or kitten this season. Will you be the holiday miracle they so desperately need?
If you can help us raise $8,000 (roughly £6,550), it will really help hundreds of dumped dogs and cats to have a safe, warm place to sleep, food in their bellies and hope for a second chance in 2023.
Please, can we count on you today?
For the animals,
Brian and Gloria Davies (and Max and Flora!)
Network for Animals
P.S: The only holiday “gift” many animals will receive is to be discarded like dirt. They deserve so much better. Your donation will be like a miracle to these poor creatures. Please, donate as generously as you can today and make it a happy holiday for abandoned dogs and cats.