Friends of the Pound volunteers Rosie Mere and Sonia Trichter at the Tweed Library.
Friends of the Pound volunteers Rosie Mere and Sonia Trichter at the Tweed Library. John Gass

Foster pet ideal for Seniors

PENSIONERS wanting to enjoy the companionship of a pet without the associated costs are encouraged to become a Friends of the Pound foster carer.

The volunteer organisation set up a display at the Tweed Library this month to spruik to locals the benefits of getting involved.

“We’re looking for new members, new volunteers and new foster carers,” Friends of the Pound vice-president Pam Price said.

“Foster caring costs nothing; we supply the food, medication and pay and vet bills.

“A pensioner can foster if they can’t afford to keep an animal around, but want the companionship, and have a home they can offer.”

Ms Price said the group was in urgent need of foster carers.

“We’re inundated with dogs and cats at the moment because a lot of our dogs were going to Brisbane and now there’s more coming in than going out,” she said. “We also desperately need a volunteer secretary.”

Friends of the Pound is also looking for donations and support for the upcoming Desexing Month, organiser Sonia Trichter said.

“Desexing month runs during July and we’re going to launch it on May 15 in conjunction with the RSPAC’s Million Paws Walk,” Mrs Trichter said.

“We’ve organised for the mobile desexing RSPCA Paws Van to come to the Tweed Shire.

“We’re looking for fundraising and donations to support the low-cost desexing of dogs and cats.”

Mrs Trichter said desexing helped dramatically decrease the number of feral animals.

To help out visit friendsofthepound.com or phone Ms Price on 02 6676 0078.

What’s on

The Tweed Library is also running a free information session at 10am on Tuesday, April 12 on Seniors’ health care. Phone 07 5569 3150 to make a booking.

Perfect pet

“Foster carers can have an animal without any of the expenses that go with them.”



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