TEARS Animal Rescue (The Emma Animal Rescue Society) is one of the country’s leading organisations in the areas of animal rescue, veterinary services, and the rehabilitation and re homing of rescued domestic animals.

As a pro-life, registered non-profit organisation, we rely on the support of caring individuals and corporates to assist us in fulfilling our mission to bring relief to animals in distress, whether through intervention, education, medical assistance or re homing.

Located in the False Bay area of the southern Cape Peninsula, we typically serve the communities of Ocean View, Masiphumelele and Red Hill, Mountain View, Capricorn, although we assist animals and guardians throughout the Western Cape when our services are needed.

All the animals in our care have been abandoned, abused or neglected so following rescue, individuals are rehabilitated using best veterinary and animal behavioral practices to prepare them for adoption into new homes

TEARS works hard to re-unite lost animals with their guardians, and carries out a wider program of veterinary outreach and humane education in our communities, that promotes the responsibility and burden of care we have towards the animals that share our lives.

Our vision is one of continuous improvement and expansion in order to rescue, rehabilitate, re-home, or re-unite every domestic animal that has nowhere else to turn and is in need of a champion.

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Are you interested in making a difference for animals in need? The time and love you give to the animals in our care is highly valued by our staff who rely on our wonderful volunteers to help with the many aspects of day-to-day life at our shelter.

When you become a kennel volunteer, you’re giving the dogs and puppies what they need most: personal attention, hands-on care and love, whether in the form a walk, spending some quality time with a pooch in her enclosure or a bit of grooming.

As a new volunteer you will attend an orientation workshop to learn about our kennel programme and the volunteer role and responsibilities.

You’ll get hands-on training during your first few shifts as a Level 1 Kennel Volunteer: assisting with animal husbandry and the enrichment programme, stuffing Kongs and other food-dispensing toys, cleaning, hand-feeding and helping with desensitisation. (Level 1 Kennel Volunteers essentially help to make the kennels a pleasant environment for our dogs.)

After a few shifts at Level 1, you would have the opportunity to sign up for the Level 2 workshop which means you’d be able to volunteer directly with the dogs: take them out for walks and outings, and train shelter dogs at the TEARS Animal Rescue Puppy or Dog School. You would also be able to assist in rehabilitation and behavioural modification programmes, animal-handling, socialising and doggie group play dates.

The age requirement is 18 years or older.


Cattery volunteers make a difference in the lives of felines by enriching their time at the shelter, through personal interaction, grooming, socialising and helping to place them in loving homes. As a cattery volunteer, you will be able to assist our cattery staff with husbandry duties and the day-to-day running of the cattery.