IM-PAW-TENT: Marilyn Moberg and Ben Dierikx, from Friends of the Pound, raising funds at Tweed City Shopping Centre last Friday while seeing eye dogs Kane and Cody look on.
IM-PAW-TENT: Marilyn Moberg and Ben Dierikx, from Friends of the Pound, raising funds at Tweed City Shopping Centre last Friday while seeing eye dogs Kane and Cody look on. Daniel McKenzie

Im-paw-tent raffle to fund future for Tweed’s furry friends

AN INCREASING demand to rescue and re-home pets is behind a new fundraising drive by Friends of the Pound.

The non-profit organisation has teamed up with James Frizelles enterprises to raise funds for the stretched service, with a new Hyundai Accent up for grabs.

The group has already sold about 500 tickets, with a further 2500 to go before the raffle is closed.

Raffling to rescue the Tweed’s furry friends comes on the back of the Tweed’s RSPCA closing its doors to animal rescue, leaving countless cats and dogs to face an uncertain future.

“We’re in business to rescue animals and we’re fundraising and trying to get more money behind us so we can run more programs,” said Sonia Trichter from Friends of the Pound.

“We’ve been experiencing an increase in surrenders of dogs, cats and kittens since November and all need to be de-sexed, vaccinated and microchipped.”

Mrs Trichter said pets were surrendered for many reasons, but in recent times the rental market and accommodation requirements had played a major part.

“The Tweed Shire has a limited number of available accommodation for people with pets and although people don’t want to surrender their pet, they are forced into doing so by a no pet policy that’s prevalent in the Tweed Shire,” she said.

“The NSW Government has put a policy forth stating that people can move from one rental to another with one small pet, but in reality, this is not what’s happening.”

Friends of the Pound made a major push to de-sex animals this time last year, with 130 procedures completed.

They are gearing up for more of the same with a month of subsidised de-sexing planned for March.

The raffle also marks the launch of the group’s website www.friendsofthepound.com

Tickets can be purchased for $15 on the website, as well as from the group’s volunteers at various shopping malls in the shire.



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