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Pet shelters overloaded
PET shelters in the northern suburbs are
being overloaded with animals -- with
supply far outweighing demand.
Guardian Angel Animal Rescue, which
services a range of areas, including Gawler
and the Barossa, is being inundated with 10
to 15 'surrendered' animals every week.
Founder Aimee Dent said numbers had
been steadily rising in the two years the ser-
vice had been operating.
"I get calls everyday...we can't take them
all in, unfortunately, so we try and refer
them to other shelters," she said.
"There are a lot of rescue shelters around
but the majority of the time they are always
"At the moment, we have got about 15
dogs that need homes, they are ranging
from puppies to older dogs around five."
Miss Dent said there were a number of
reasons for the rise in numbers.
"A lot of people are just impulse-buying,
getting a puppy from a pet shop, having it
for a certain amount of time, then realising
they can't look after it," she said.
"They aren't really in it for the long run,
they are in it for the short term and the cute,
cuddly puppy they get.
"There are a lot of backyard-bred dogs, as
well...that is a big issue."
The service is run by a network of vol-
unteers who take 'surrendered' animals into
their own homes, fostering them before
looking to set them up in a new adopted
With the service becoming increasingly
busy, GAAR is seeking more volunteers,
foster carers and people looking to adopt a
"We are trying to encourage people to
adopt rather than buying from pet shops,"
Miss Dent said.
If you would like to contribute to the
Guardian Angel Animal Rescue by volun-
teering, becoming a foster carer or adopting
a pet, please visit the group's website (guard-
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-- Carl Pfei er
Residents say plan's 'pawful'
A LOCAL council is in the dog house with
Hewett residents due to plans to develop
a dog park and other recreational facilities
opposite their homes.
Rosella Circuit and Rosella Close residents
claim they paid a "premium" price for their
blocks as they were located opposite a natural
reserve, which they were told would remain
However, Light Regional Council plans to
develop a dog park on the reserve, as well as
a children's playspace, exercise equipment, a
multi-purpose 'rage cage' sports facility, barbe-
cue area, shelters, car park and public toilets.
Rosella Close's Doug Underdown and a
group of fellow residents have submitted a
written submission opposing the plans.
"We...(are) concerned about this develop-
ment and the change it will bring to the quiet,
natural reserve adjacent to our homes," he
"We all purchased our land, paying a pre-
mium for having a beautiful natural reserve
and walking trails opposite our homes."
Mr Underdown said there were already
fenced dog parks nearby at Elliot Goodger
Memorial Park, Willaston, and Dead Man's
Pass off Seventh Street, and asked for council
to relocate the facilities elsewhere.
Light Regional Council strategy manager
Craig Doyle said the plan had been developed
following a survey of Hewett residents.
"The facilities included in the plan and its
proposed location were guided by the com-
munity feedback received on the dog park
proposal and looked to use a centrally located,
well-connected public reserve to accommo-
date the facilities proposed," he said.
"The proposed location for the new recre-
ation facilities is the area opposite to Rosella
Circuit/Rosella Close and was chosen as best-
fitting the desired criteria."
Rosella Circuit and Rosella Close residents
also questioned how such facilities would be
built when the reserve was on a designated
Mr Doyle said if the plan went ahead, the
floodplain would not be an issue.
"While parts of the land selected are iden-
tified as potentially flood-affected, this risk
would be mitigated through the detailed de-
sign and consideration of the final layout of
the key facilities," he said.
The final version of the plan is intended to
be a long-term strategy, delivered progressively
in stages over time as funding becomes avail-
Mr Doyle also added it was not council
which told the residents the area would re-
"Council cannot comment on what pro-
spective purchasers may have been told by real
estate agents through their purchasing pro-
cess," he said.
"However, in response to a community de-
sire for recreational facilities, it notes that it is
reasonable to look to locate these in an area of
puts his case -- In My
Opinion, page 13
Rosella Circuit and Rosella Close residents, from left, Elise Underdown, Angela Underdown, Luke
Underdown, Barb Brennan, Renee Bennie, Ryan Russell, Geo Brennan, Doug Underdown, Matt
Trzeciak and Peter and Eleanor Berridge are concerned about potential development opposite
PHOTO: Carl Pfei er
A NATIONALLY-FUNDED trial is
helping to reduce the rate of hospi-
tal readmissions and improve health
outcomes for people affected by heart
In partnership with major hospitals and
the National Heart Foundation of Australia,
researchers at the Baker IDI Heart and Dia-
betes Institute have established a network of
nurses to determine if they can further im-
prove health outcomes for affected patients
Under the trial, hospital-based nurses visit
patients in their home following an admis-
sion to hospital with heart failure.
The program is supported by a team of
nurses, known as the 'GARDIAN Angels'
(sic) at the Heart Foundation's National
Call Centre in Adelaide, who use the sys-
tem to monitor patients and their families
via the telephone.
Overall, it is estimated close to 10,000
women and an equal number of men were
diagnosed with heart failure following their
first hospital admission with the condition
in the past 12 months.
Trial to improve hospital readmissions
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