Friends of the Pound president Narelle Shellcross, with dogs Lucky, Harvey and Tess, said Christmas is the worst time of year for pet abandonment.
Friends of the Pound president Narelle Shellcross, with dogs Lucky, Harvey and Tess, said Christmas is the worst time of year for pet abandonment. Blainey Woodham

Tough time of year for pound

AS THE busiest time of year for pet abandonment approaches, the Tweed pound is already full.

Narelle Shellcross, president of Friends of the Pound, said limited holiday accommodation for pets, impractical gifts and financial pressure following Christmas created a dramatic spike in the number of animals housed by the pound.

Friends of the Pound’s foster program also gets pushed to breaking point as the demand increases.

“We see a rise in the number of pets at the pound pretty much from the start of the holiday season.

“If you’re planning holidays its important to factor in what you will do with your pet during this time.

“We’re getting dogs in all the time ... it is absolutely full to capacity as far as the pound is concerned.”

That’s why she is urging people to desex their pets and avoid giving an animal as a Christmas present.

“Please, unless the people know, and want the animal, don’t give animals for Christmas presents, not all surprises are good surprises,” she said.

“It costs a lot of money to have an animal, you have got to be committed for their entire life.”

Mrs Shellcross said that if someone was planning to give a pet, to make sure it was adopted from Friends of the Pound.

Rory Curtis from The Good Guys Tweed Heads has set up a giving tree to help Friends of the Pound work through this tough time of year for pets.

“The high number of dumped and unwanted pets over Christmas places a significant drain on the Friends of the Pound, their resources and volunteers so we are aiming to assist them as much as possible,” he said.

He has called on his customers to “give a dog a bone this Christmas”, but not literally: “non-perishable items only please”, he laughed.

Meanwhile, Ms Shellcross has been caring for Lucky who was the victim of animal cruelty.

The white poodle has survived a traumatic jaw-kicking, which left her seriously injured. While he is still a bit shy, he has recovered and is ready to go to a home.

Visit www.friendsofthepound.com or call Friends of the Pound on (07) 55 24 85 90.



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