Friends of the Pound volunteer Narelle Shallcross with Linus, a domestic short-hair tabby.
Friends of the Pound volunteer Narelle Shallcross with Linus, a domestic short-hair tabby. Crystal Spencer

Carers take a pounding

IT’S raining cats and dogs at Tweed’s Friends of the Pound.

Christmas is not just the busiest time of year for shops; it’s also mayhem for animal rescuers.

But it’s not the kittens and puppies that are struggling to find owners.

Adult cats and dogs are proving to be the most difficult to re-home for the organisation.

Narelle Shallcross from Friends of the Pound, said the older the animals the harder it was to relocate them.

“People just give their older pets away,” she said.

“Some are around six or seven years old.”

Ms Shallcross said this time of year a lot of people move and do not take their dogs or cats with them.

“People go on holidays and don’t want to pay for dog or cat kennels,” she said.

“They drop them off at the pound and just don’t come back for them.”

She said these animals then end up at Friends of the Pound.

“The pound was absolutely chockers over Christmas; at absolute capacity,” Ms Shallcross said.

“It’s hard to believe, but a lot of people get sick of their pet within six months of getting it.”

People abandoning their pets is not the only reason behind the high number of rescues.

Foster cat co-ordinator at Friends of the Pound Trudi Cox said people pass away, the elderly move into nursing homes, and folks move inter-state, leaving their cat or dog behind.

“We had one couple who had a cat illegally in their apartment,” Ms Cox said.

“They were found out and had to bring it here.”

Ms Cox said the shortage of foster homes made the situation even more difficult.

“We are in desperate need of foster carers to temporarily house these animals,” she said.

“We have had some cats and dogs here for over four years.

“People don’t want the older animals because by then the cats or dogs have already developed their own habits, or habits from the previous owner.”

Right now they have about 26 adult dogs and more than 20 adult cats on site that need foster care or new homes.

Anyone interested in helping with foster care for cats or dogs is encouraged to call Susie on (02) 6679 3190 or Narelle on (07) 5599 4389.

For cats, call Trudi (07) 5599 7541 or Pam (02) 6676 0078.



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