Friends of the Pound founding member Susie Hearder with pets Butch, Basher, Vannie and Kellie.
Friends of the Pound founding member Susie Hearder with pets Butch, Basher, Vannie and Kellie. Blainey Woodham

Friends of the Pound turns 10

EVEN after rehoming thousands of pets over the past decade, Friends of the Pound founding member Susie Hearder says there is no end to their goodwill in sight.

The Limpinwood resident hopes to join hundreds of past and present volunteers for the Tweed Heads organisation’s 10th birthday celebrations at Salt Central Park today.

Ms Hearder, who also served as the group’s president from 2002 to 2005, said she had no idea the group would still be going strong after 10 years.

“There were about 15 to 20 of us at the beginning who saw the need for a group like Friends of the Pound,” Ms Hearder said.

“We were always thinking about the present but to make it to 10 years is such an achievement.

“Now we’ve got more than 300 volunteers, not all currently active, who help us out. We could always use more though.”

Ms Hearder said she was hoping to catch up with formally adopted and fostered dogs and their owners at Salt today.

The event includes a historical display, sausage sizzle, hydrobath, face painting, hair weaving, jumping castles, discounted council micro-chipping, professional pet nutrition advice and foster dog and cat displays.

Program

10am Opening

10am-10.30am Dog flyball demonstration

10.30am-11.30am Martin McKenna, the Dreadlock Dog Man – dog training

11.30am-noon Dog flyball demonstration

Noon-2pm Fun dog competitions – gold coin entry fee. Prizes for best dressed dog, dogs most like owner, dogs with the waggiest tail, tallest ears, best tricks, most obedient.

2pm-2.30pm Dog flyball demonstration

2.30pm-3pm Results of cat photograph competition announced – gold coin entry fee. Prizes for cat most like owner, cat with fluffiest tailand more. Photos accepted until 1.30pm.

3pm-3.30pm Dancers with dogs

3.40pm Major raffles drawn



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