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Adoption Process

If you’re visiting our adoption pages, we hope you are considering adopting a TEARS dog or cat. If this is the case, we’re thrilled!

We can assure you, as you set out on this journey, a TEARS adoption means we will be with you every step of the way – guiding you through this exciting, but sometimes daunting process of choosing a new addition to your family.


Step 1:  Have a look at our adoption profiles and see if anyone of those gorgeous faces stands out for you. If yes, fill in the online form that will pop through to our dedicated adoption staff who are waiting to receive your inquiry.

Step 2:  One of our adoption specialists will call you to talk about your circumstances and requirements so we can be as sure as possible that the dog you’re interested in would be a good fit.

Step 3: Now the fun part – you get to meet the dog or dogs that might suit your family. This happens during a visit to our kennels or cattery when you will be guided through the introductions by an adoptions counsellor.

Step 4:  Once you’ve decided on your favourite pooch, one of our staff or volunteers will visit you at home to check that your home will be a suitable environment for that particular dog, and complies with our Adoption Policy. This check is carried out for the safety and wellbeing of both animals and humans. Adoptions should be all about happiness and new beginnings.

Step 5:  Once the home check has been processed, our adoptions staff will give you a happy call to let you know when you can fetch your new family member. Now it’s time to head for the shops for new beds, bowls, toys and treat.

Step 6:  If you already have pooches at home, we’ll ask you to bring them to TEARS where, in a controlled environment, overseen by experiences staff, we will introduce your pets to the new addition. It does happen that sometimes dogs take an instant dislike to each other which could be dangerous for all concerned.

Step 7:  You’ve done the shopping, and your dog is going to be great mates with your new addition. Now it’s time to head home to a new chapter. It might be the first home this dog has ever had. You’ve done a great thing.

Step 8:  There are occasions when a dog faces some challenges fitting into a new home. Again, you are not alone. TEARS’ highly-qualified animal behaviourist will follow-up and can help you through the settling-in process or give you the right advice about next steps to take.

What your adoption fee covers

Our adoption fee of R650 helps us provide you with a healthy and protected animal.

Adoption fee covers

Feel good fact: A TEARS adoption not only provides you with a new family member, it also means that another dog can find a place at TEARS in the hope of being adopted into a loving home as a new rescue takes the place of your dog in that kennel.

Yellow Ribbon Programme

The yellow ribbon symbolises the hope of a welcome home and forgiveness. Remember the hit song, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree? The story behind it is this:

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We ask you to please have a look at the profiles that display a yellow ribbon. Each ribbon indicates a dog that desperately needs a welcome home – those who have been waiting to go home for long time, others who are older or dogs in need of a little extra softness and warmth.

Will you help us get our yellow ribbon dogs home?

Adoption Advice

Should you adopt an adult dog?

Still undecided about whether you should adopt a puppy or adult dog? Here are our top 8 reasons for adopting an adult dog:

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  1. Fully perfect: All grown up and perfect just the way they are. An adult dog is fully grown and there are no surprises about size, colour or temperament.
  2. Over the terrible twos: Acting out and bouncing off the walls is no longer likely in older dogs. They are over the teenage phase and have learned to take it easy.
  3. Easy to train: You can teach an older dog new tricks. Training is often easier with older dogs since they are able to better process information and moderate their actions.
  4. Fewer mistakes: Though not all older rescue dogs are house-trained, the process is easier and simpler to implement.
  5. Your socks are safer: With all their adult teeth where they should be, adult dogs are far less likely to chase down shoes and socks left out. Chewing is easier to control and often is not an issue.
  6. Take it easy: More relaxed, older dogs know that there is a time for play and a time for rest. The energy consumption of an older dog is far more compatible with a relaxed lifestyle, and an intermittent hike or beach walk is deeply appreciated.
  7. A good night’s sleep: We all need our sleep and older dogs are considerate in that way.
  8. Instant friend – rescue dog bond: There are many stories from families who have adopted an older dog who explain how instantly the new dog bonded with them and fitted in. Go on – try it!

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Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape, and a little worn around the edges, but they fit so well!

Senior pets (8+ years and older) are often the most overlooked at animal shelters because they have a few years under the proverbial belt, but with those years comes experience and knowledge that the younger crowd lack and there’s are still plenty of fun and affection up ahead! If you have an empty spot on your sofa that needs filling, we might have just the right couch potato for you!

Post adoption support for senior pets includes:
  • Free veterinary consults, yearly health checks and surgery at the TEARS Animal Rescue Veterinary Clinic (if necessary and within capability and capacity)
  • Food at a reduced rate
  • Medication and supplements at a reduced rate (if necessary)
  • Waived adoption fee

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