Compassion Murals
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20 Young artists in Masiphumelele joined creative forces to create a visual love letter to community animals through ‘compassion murals’ after an important educational session on animal caring inspired them!


Masiphumelele, South Africa (16 October 2023) — After training and educating future animal heroes in Masiphumelele on how to use their compassion as a superpower, the children who learnt these important lessons in care from TEARS joined forces to do something beautiful. Together, the young artists created ‘compassion murals’ that not only brightened up parts of Masi but stand as a colourful reflection of the importance of the animals that live in the community.

This after a TEARS Compassion and Pet Care Training Programme which forms part of the animal rescue organisation’s community education commitment. Here, pet care and training are encouraged from grassroots levels, so that young people can learn how to be responsible carers from a young age.

Twenty children then grabbed chalk and paints and set out to decorate community spaces with their creativity; a visual reflection of the connection between compassionate children and animals.

Watch: ‘Compassion Murals’ in Action!

Meanwhile, in other acts of compassion, TEARS is gearing up for a 6-month fundraising and community vaccination campaign that will protect 3000 at-risk dogs and puppies against two lethal canine viral infections, Canine Distemper Virus (Distemper) and Canine Parvo Virus (Parvo) and decrease the risk of its spreading in the “Deep South” communities of Vrygrond, Masiphumelele, Ocean View and Red Hill.

The TEARS Mobile Clinics aim to vaccinate 500 community pets per month, between October 2023 and March 2024, at a cost to TEARS of R360 000.00 using a newly launched revolutionary vaccine that provides puppies with immunisation from these diseases between three (Parvo) and seven (Distemper) days respectively.

A single dose can be given from 4 weeks of age and functions as an effective two-in-one active protection against both viruses.

Anyone able to extend their own compassion and contribute to the Community Vaccination Campaign can make a donation to:

Acc Name: TEARS
Bank: Standard Bank
Current Bank Account: 072062886
Branch No: 051001

Source: TEARS Animal Rescue; Supplied
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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