TEARS contentWith a bleak prognosis and in a terrible state, little boy Boots and his sister are now in their forever homes, thanks to the dedicated TEARS team.

At six weeks old, little boy Boots and his sister were in a bad way. Living in squalor and close to death’s door, the two were severely dehydrated, malnourished and full of mange, worms, fleas, ticks and intestinal parasites. Worst of all, both puppies were suffering from debilitating rickets due to lack of vitamin D and calcium. On arrival at TEARS, their prognosis was bleak and would need expensive emergency medical intervention to save them. 


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TEARS is a pro-quality life non-profit organisation whose aims are to rescue, rehabilitate, reunite & rehome lost, abandoned, abused & neglected animals in the South Cape Peninsula. In the early days the two puppies were so ill, and the team believed they were suffering from parvo. Yet, despite the odds, these tiny fighting spirits pushed through and continued to get a bit better and stronger each day. 

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In the TEARS Welfare Clinic for two weeks, Boots had to endure regular splinting before he and his sister were able to go to foster care. Because of being kept indoors during early development the lack of vitamin D led to secondary nutritional hyperparathryoidism. Boots’ treatment included sunshine and good wholesome food. Boots’ splinting continued on and off for a month before he was able to gain more confidence with his mobility. 

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With the very worst behind him (and over R6000 spent to save him), the Welfare Clinic caught up on his injections and saw that he was chipped and sterilised. TEARS puppy staff spent time rehabilitating and socialising him, until he was ready for a home. And it wasn’t long before Boots’ new family wandered into TEARS and fell in love. 

TEARS Animal Rescue uses its MySchool funds to fight harder for rescued animals, and go the extra mile for puppies like Boots and his sister who wouldn’t have had a life.