Adopt your forever friend this weekend

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FRIENDS OF the Pound members are calling for Tweed Shire residents to observe International Homeless Animals Day on Saturday, August 19, by adopting a new forever friend.

Friends of the Pound Marketing Manager Lorna Hudson said Elanora-based animal rescue group, Friends of the Pound, will be offering discounted microchipping in honour of the day.

This will be available for $40 on August 19 and August 20 from 10am to 3pm at their Rehoming Centre at Shop 37, The Pines Shopping Centre, Elanora.

Friends of the Pound is also currently calling for urgent donations to its latest online (Go Fund Me) campaign, which is hoping to raise $200,000 towards the purchase of a permanent shelter for the group.

At present, the organisation, which specialises in rescuing animals from the “kill lists” of Queensland and NSW pounds, has more than 60 animals in its care waiting to find a forever home.

“After the organisation’s current lease at The Pines Shopping Centre expires in mid-August, the group will effectively become “homeless”, so they are looking to raise this before then so that they can continue to rescue “death row” animals,” she said.

The campaign can be found at https://goo.gl/wG0Abh.

The following is three stories of two cats and a dog that are in need of forever homes.

  1. BFG

BFG was one of 20 cats that were rescued by Friends of the Pound last September from a deceased estate. She was discovered hiding under the bed in one of the rooms, severely overweight and barely able to walk at a massive 9.45kg – almost double the recommended weight for an adult cat.

Since arriving at the shelter, BFG has been placed on a radical weight loss diet, and has lost several kilos. Although at first, she could hardly move and would put her paw out to drag the plate towards herself at meal times so she could eat without standing up, she has come along in leaps and bounds, as she can now come for her food, eat standing up, and run around with the other cats.

BFG is estimated to be around eleven-years-old, and will make a lovely companion cat when she loses a little more weight. It is hoped that she will be available for rehoming over the next couple of months.

  1. BARRY

One-year-old Barry the Barn Cat arrived at Friends of the Pound last December from the Tweed Shire Pound. Despite his good looks and expert mouse catching skills, he is still waiting to find a new home.

Barry is believed to have been mistreated or manhandled as a kitten, as despite his mostly friendly and obedient nature, he has the tendency to display defensive behaviours such as biting and scratching. However, Friends of the Pound’s Cat Co-ordinator Sonia Trichter has been fostering Barry over the last couple of weeks, and has found that he doesn’t play rough as much now that he has settled into his new surroundings, and is confident that he would make a great companion within a quiet, loving household.

Barry is currently available for rehoming, with an adoption fee of $140. He would prefer to be an inside cat, as he does not like to go outside, and would be best suited to a home where he would be the only pet.

  1. GRACIE

Four-year-old English Staffy Gracie was impounded at the start of July after being found wandering the streets with a severely ulcerated eye that required urgent medical attention. When her owners were unable to be contacted, she was taken in by Friends of the Pound, and underwent surgery to remove the affected eye, which unfortunately couldn’t be saved.

Throughout her surgery and recovery, she has remained an affectionate, happy-go-lucky little dog, and is excited to begin the journey to finding her forever home. Now that her stitches have been taken out, she is ready to be desexed and vaccinated, which means she should be ready for rehoming around mid-August.

She is very friendly and affectionate, and gets on well with other dogs, so would make a fantastic companion within any loving household.