tearsTEARS is a pro-life, non-profit organisation whose core aims are to rescue, rehabilitate, reunite and re-home lost, abandoned, abused and neglected animals and to educate our communities, in particular the children.

TEARS - The Emma Animal Rescue Society

Where tears of sadness become tears of joy!

It began as a dream... Emma Geary-Cooke dreamed of starting an organisation to uplift the lives of suffering animals in impoverished communities. Sadly, Emma was tragically killed in a car accident just two weeks before her dream was realised, depriving TEARS of a dedicated and loyal friend who was passionate about animals. Devastated, but undaunted, two of her friends involved in animal welfare, collaborated to make Emma’s dream come true, and so, in January 1999, The Emma Animal Rescue Society (TEARS), was established in her memory.


They exist to:

  • lessen the suffering of abandoned, injured and abused dogs and cats by rescuing them, providing for their well-being and placing them into loving homes
  • reduce the numbers of unwanted animals by providing free sterilisations in low-income communities
  • provide humane education to the people to create an awareness of the moral and ethical responsibility we have towards the animals whose world we share

Daily TEARS care for +-300 animals at their shelter, providing them with food, shelter, veterinary care, exercise and positive interaction with people until they can be placed in loving homes. To help sustain their operation TEARS has three charity shops, in Bergvliet, Fish Hoek and Sunnydale and two bookshops, in Bergvliet and Sunnydale. The sale of donated good quality items contributes substantially toward their monthly income.


The organisation’s focus is on sterilisation and their Mobile Clinics are active daily, providing Primary Health Care and education to the low-income communities of Masiphumelele, Ocean View, Mountain View, Redhill, Capricorn Park (Vrygrond) and surrounds. Animals requiring sterilisation or veterinary attention are brought to their on-site clinics, where they are able to treat animals for almost any condition, illness or injury.

At their on-site clinics, TEARS sterilises over 4 000 animals annually, this includes in excess of 1 000 feral cats which forms part of their Feral Cat Project. TEARS Feral Cat Project aims to assist in the management of Feral Colonies through sterilisation and providing primary health care such as de-worming and rabies vaccination.  The Project, is currently underway with the assistance of a Volunteer and the TEARS Cattery Clinic.  Cats are Trapped, Neutered (sterilised) and Returned (T-N-R) to their colonies.


Today, TEARS have the only established animal clinic for low-income communities in the Deep South, (Southern Peninsula), providing not just primary health care and sterilisations, but also treating animals for any condition, illness or injury.

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In 2007, TEARS purchased a beautiful 3,1 hectare property, with the vision to one day build a pro-life, eco-friendly animal shelter, comprising many facets. That dream is nearing reality, as they have submitted their plans to Council for approval and await the outcome. TEARS now face the daunting but exciting challenge of raising funds to build a shelter of excellence.

For any further information, contact TEARS on 021 785 4482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.tears.org.za
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