Membership is a great way of helping Friends of the Pound Tweed Inc as the more members we have, the bigger voice we have in the community. Becoming a member allows you to volunteer at the Pound, help with our fundraising, participate in events as well as attending our monthly meetings and voting. It's easy to join, simply visit our membership page.
Foster carers are the lifeline of our organisation, without these wonderful people we could not rescue the number of animals we do, yet we always need more people to come forward and offer to foster an orphan until a permanent home can be found. Foster caring is a really rewarding thing to do and it doesn’t take much time or effort. Firstly, you must be a financial member of Friends of the Pound and then all you need to provide is a loving home, secure fencing and a few hours of interaction with your foster animal each day.
We can provide you with food and bedding. We pay for all medical costs associated with the foster animal and we also provide you with support at any time you need, about any questions you may have. The most rewarding part of the whole experience has to be the satisfaction you feel when your foster animal finds a new, permanent loving home. Knowing that you have played a big role in getting them that home is a great feeling and one that will stay with you for a lifetime.
To find out more about becoming a dog foster carer, please email our Dog Foster Co-ordinator, Pam (or phone 02 5613 6507 or 0421 017 461).
To find out more about becoming a cat foster carer, please email our Cat Foster Co-ordinator, Sonia (FOP President), or phone her on 07 5590 7284 or 0439 766 243.
Download Foster Carer Application Agreement.
Volunteering is a valuable way to help out Friends of the Pound as we are always in need of volunteers to aid with a variety of tasks.
Volunteering at the Pound
Friends of the Pound is currently in consultation with the Tweed Shire Council re future procedures/venue/dates for the induction of new pound volunteers. This is a prerequisite/condition of being permitted to becoming a pound volunteer.
Friends of the Pound are always in need of people interested in donating their special knowledge and skills for our committee and for everyday duties. People with skills such as accounting and fundraising are always needed as our organisation expands. Please email Sonia to find out further information.
Become a Friends of the Pound Rehoming Centre Attendant
We have a Rehoming Centre at 100% PETS in the Harvey Norman Centre, Greenway Drive, Tweed Heads South. Volunteers work in the centre, in shifts, every day the store is open. They look after the cats and kittens brought in for sale, answer telephones and take enquiries from the public. As volunteers become familiar with the processes they can assist with record keeping, deal with the mail, sell animals and assist foster carers. If you have some time to spare and enjoy dealing with animals and the public email our Rehoming Centre to offer your services. You will be given training before being left to your own resources.
We are currently in need of people who are interested in transporting our animals to foster carers and vets and other places they may need to go. If you would like to volunteer to drive our animals to their required destinations, please email Sonia or phone our Rehoming Centre on 07 55248590.
Fundraising is one of the key ways in which Friends of the Pound gets the money to rescue abandoned animals from the Tweed Shire Pound. We have various fundraising initiatives being undertaken throughout the year with volunteers always being needed to help us out with such projects. So if you could spare a day or even a couple of hours to promote our wonderful cause and raise much-needed funds then let us know. Alternatively if you have suggestions on fundraising ideas or suggestions on events we can attend to promote our cause then please email Sonia.
Volunteers for Sausage Sizzles
We have sizzles in the Tweed Shire and Murwillumbah area. Our volunteers consist of cooks, money /drink handlers, food serving handlers, towbar person and a sizzle manager. What a great way to spend a day meeting people and volunteering at our sizzles!
Volunteers for Murwillumbah Market Stall
We have our Market Stall at the Murwillumbah Showground Markets on on the fourth Sunday of each month. We need volunteers to help sell our bric-a-brac to bring in much-needed funds for our fur babies!
Volunteers for Raffle Ticket Selling
We are always in need of volunteers to help with the selling of our raffle tickets in the Tweed, Kingscliff and Murwillumbah areas, at allocated locations.
Volunteers for our Special Event Days
We have special event days like the Banana festival, Murwillumbah Show Day, Shopping Centre Promotion Days and more, where we let the people in our community know what role Friends of the Pound play within the community. We sell our Friends of the Pound merchandise, take new memberships, display our current animals that are looking for their 'forever home' and sell tickets in our current raffle.
Are you interested in public speaking? Would you be interested in helping out with a wonderful cause? Friends of the Pound is looking for volunteers interested in undertaking a public speaking role on behalf of our organisation to venture out to schools and various clubs to speak about our organisation and cause. We can provide you with background information and training all you need to do is have a passion for public speaking and an interest in animal welfare. Email Sonia (FOP President) or phone her on 07 5590 7284 or 0439 766 243.
Poster & Leaflet Distribution
Distributing our posters and leaflets is another great way of helping us out and promoting our cause. Even if you have a spare few minutes over your lunch break it would be much appreciated. We would sincerely appreciate you handing out our posters and flyers around the community, on staff noticeboards, shopping centre noticeboards, at vets and other places you see fit. Please print our ‘Can You Help leaflet, link below.
If you would like to mass distribute our flyers simply send us an email with your contact details, the amount of flyers you would like to distribute and the event you would like to distribute them at, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible. Email Sonia.
Friends of the Pound (Tweed) Inc has received endorsement as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) from the Australian Taxation Office.
This is a great outcome for our organisation and its supporters as a DGR recipient is an organisation entitled to receive income tax deductible gifts. People donating to Friends of the Pound can claim income tax deductions for their gifts to our organisation.
To make a donation to our worthy cause please call in to our Rehoming Centre at 100% Pets, Harvey Norman Centre, Greenway Drive, Tweed Heads South or visit our Donations page.
Remember: All donations over $2 are tax deductible!
Friends of the Pound Tweed Inc donation tins are located at various places in the Tweed Shire and the Gold Coast. If you would like to display a donation tin in a prominent place in your business, you can contact us to organise delivery. Email Sonia.
Rehoming Centre Campaign
In the past Friends of the Pound have talked about having a Rehoming Centre - purchasing land or an existing kennel/cattery and having somewhere for the animals that were being euthanased at the pound to go. Things have changed for the better in the past decade and much of this is because of the hard work of many members of Friends of the Pound. We have had meetings recently to assess our needs and the way we are operating and have come up with a model which we believe works very well in our current situation. This model still needs to go before a general meeting and will be published here if and when approved.
To donate to our rehoming centre fund simply visit our Donations page.
Bequests can include real estate, shares, life insurance policies or tangible assets such as jewellery, artwork, motor vehicles, furniture etc. You can also choose to make a conditional bequest, for example, if you are concerned about the welfare of your pet you can make it a condition of your bequest that FOP will find a suitable home for your pet and ensure that they receive any necessary veterinary treatment up to the amount of the bequest, minus costs incurred by FOP in the process of re-homing your pet.
Items We Need
We are currently in need of the following items:
- Food: specifically good quality dry cat and dog food and tinned food for cats (the fishy variety is best) and dogs.
- Kitty litter
- Goods for market stalls – any small items that we could sell at Bric-a-Brac stalls
- Raffle items
- Pet supplies – collars and leads, pet carriers, pet beds, grooming items
- Treats for foster dogs
Pet food and supplies can be dropped off at our Rehoming Centre at 100% PETS, Harvey Norman Centre, Greenway Drive, South Tweed Heads – phone 07 5524 8590 or email Sonia (FOP President) or phone her on 07 5590 7284 or 0439 766 243, to arrange a pick up time. Raffle items and small bric-a-brac items that can be sold at the markets may be dropped off at our stall at the Murwillumbah Showground Markets, which are held on the fourth Sunday of each month, or you can contact our Adoption Information Booth on 07 5524 8590 or email Sonia (FOP President) or phone her on 07 5590 7284 or 0439 766 243 to arrange a pick up time.