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Grab your sleeping bags because the best sleepover of the year is around the corner! TEARS is prepping for its annual Sleepathon where cuddling shelter pets IS on the agenda:


Cape Town, South Africa (13 September 2023) — The best slumber party of the year is almost here as TEARS Animal Rescue prepares for its big fundraising—the TEARS 2023 Sleepathon!

Set to take place on three consecutive Saturdays during November, this event marks the 10th year of the slumber party and its impact as the organisation’s flagship fundraiser.

But, it’s also a superb calendar highlight for animal lovers who get to dedicate one night to cuddling a rescue pet while raising much-needed awareness and funds for the charity.

This year’s three Sleepathon events will be hosted on the 11th, 18th, and 25th of November. Tickets cost R250 per person, and every registered “Snoozer” will be provided with a Welcome Pack that enables them to kick-start their own Back-A-Snoozer funding campaign with some great incentives for those that raise R3000 or more for completing their Sleepathon challenge.

The funds from the big slumber party are very important to funding the organisation’s mobile clinic and veterinary outreach services which support vulnerable pets and pet owners living in under-served communities, especially over the busy December and January holidays.

TEARS Kennel Manager Luke Kruyt adds that beyond the iconic event of love and cuddles the Sleepathon has become, it’s also a huge opportunity for individual animals as some have been adopted in the past thanks to the event.

“We’re grateful for the loyalty of our regular supporters but would like to challenge Capetonians who haven’t ever considered a sleepover in support of rescue pets to sign up for this unique experience that is especially fun for families. The event provides a friendly, loving, and heartwarming environment, with pawsome partners, prizes, delicious food, and entertainment,” Luke adds.

More Sleepathon Info to Know!

The TEARS 2023 Sleepathon is taking place at the TEARS Animal Rescue Kennels:

  • 4 Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale, Cape Town
  • Wenga Farm, 21 Kommetjie Road, Sunnydale, Cape Town (TEARS Cattery)

“Snoozers” will be required to check in at the Shelter at 5 p.m. for an evening of face-licking hospitality and a delicious plant-based dinner. Everyone is encouraged to bring sleeping bags and camping gear, as well as snacks and treats to make their sleepover as memorable as possible. The Sleepathon is only officially over at 7 a.m. the next morning.

Tickets can be purchased here, and local businesses and lifestyle brands wanting to get involved can email or visit

Sources: Supplied 
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