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Hahndorf Interim Animal Shelter

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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
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Published December 14th 2013
Can you help them?
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This Puppy Will Soon Be Available For Adoption


When my dog died two years ago I spent a lot of time checking the RSPCA and Animal Welfare websites for a suitable replacement to keep his sister company. Despite regular visits to the shelters I couldn't find a compatible young male dog, until a friend mentioned that he had heard of a shelter at Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills.

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Max Savours a Particularly Tasty Pizza Crust


On my first trip to the not-for-profit Hahndorf Interim Animal Shelter, I fell for a 6 month old male pup to keep my elderly female dog company. I was concerned that she may not adapt well to living with a pup, but all turned out well and both dogs were much happier after they met. (Fortunately the Hahndorf Shelter has a generous returns policy if things don't turn out with your new pet).

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Hahndorf Shelter Has a Variety of Cats Too


After taking Max to the inexpensive SA Dog Obedience classes he was a delight to own - well socialised, obedient and happy. I sometimes think that pound dogs can turn out better adjusted than pedigree dogs, and Max has become a fantastic friendly pet. For tips about how to have a well behaved and happy dog, see this article.

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Sheba - The Shelter Has Pets of All Ages


The Hahndorf Interim Animal Shelter looks after both abandoned dogs and cats, and is the official pound for the Mount Barker and Adelaide Hills Councils but is not funded by government. It has a no kill policy, meaning that animals are never put down solely because they are unwanted. But that does put a huge strain on the shelter's financial and volunteer resources, as help is needed to exercise dogs, clean cages, feed all the animals, and transport them to and from vet appointments.

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Volunteers Are Needed - Can You Help?


Donations from the public are very welcome - money, canned and dry food, fresh bones, kitty litter, blankets and towels, toys and treats are all gratefully accepted. One of the shelter's main fundraisers is its calendar, with six dog and six cat stories including photos and on sale at many locations for just $5.

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Lucy is a Very Friendly Dog With Lots of Affection


Hahndorf Interim Animal Shelter in the Adelaide Hills always has animals looking for a good home, and sadly the shelter never empties. Lucy, their longest term resident dog at the moment has lived there eight months, but the shelter keeps supporting her until the right owner comes along.

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Sam is an Adorable Labrador Cross


The list of available animals changes constantly - check their website regularly to see what is new. All animals are desexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped for their own health and safety.

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Kittens Are Cute


If you're thinking of getting a new cat or dog, why not consider an animal from the Hahndorf Animal Shelter? They make terrific pets and are not exorbitantly expensive like pedigree dogs. Why buy an animal from a pet shop making a profit when you can save these abandoned dogs and cats?

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Can You Donate to Help These Puppies?


These animals need your help, and will reward you with years of loving. Will you help them?

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Buy a Calendar and Support Abandoned Animals

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Phone: (08) 8388 7514
Where: Lot 8, Martin Road, Hahndorf
Cost: Varies
Your Comment
Transcending photos Dave... $5 is a bargain for the calendar - any idea where the Adelaide stockists are?
by Jenny (score: 3|1573) 1408 days ago
Aw, hope all those beautiful animals find a forever home soon. I'm sure your article will go a long way in helping their cause.
by Hayley (score: 3|1012) 1406 days ago
Remember though people a dog (or cat) is not for Christmas, it's for life!
by lolbo (score: 0|7) 1405 days ago
My understanding is if an animal requires euthanasia they take somewhere else to be out down. So is not strictly 'no kill.' No shelter should be 'no kill' in my view. Any animal should not face pain and suffering if sick and/or injured. If cannot be treated, The humane option is euthanasia and it should not be shied away from if it is required.
by toodl (score: 1|75) 1385 days ago
Hahndorf Animal Shelter calendars can be bought from these locations as well as many places in the Adelaide Hills:

Tip Top Dry Cleaners - 167 Hutt St, Adelaide
City East Chemplus - 192 Hutt St, Adelaide

Colonel Light Veterinary Clinic - 59 Springbank Road, Colonel Light Gardens

Spick's Pharmacy - 376 Shepherds Hill Rd, Blackwood
Rubens Blackwood Pet Food - 168 Main Rd, Blackwood
Blackwood Veterinary Surgery - 178 Main Road, Blackwood

About Town Dog Studio - 491 Portrush Rd, Glenunga

Stirling Chiropractic Centre - 101 Mount Barker road, Stirling
Balhannah Small Animal Veterinary Clinic - Bridge Street, Balhannah
Aldgate Veterinary Clinic - Shop 1/312 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate

Gawler Veterinary Clinic - Gawler
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10412) 1406 days ago
ALL THE DOGS AND CATS!

Oh my goodness, Dave! These pictures are immaculate, just like your writing! I am so keen to adopt one of these cuties as soon as I finish uni and have a stable job to fund for them and take excellent care of them! :)
by Tema (score: 2|729) 1102 days ago
Thanks Dave! I never knew of the shelter before and am spreading the wondering word today too! Cheers! Love what you write about and do!
Joanne http://whatsonthlist.net
by micke (score: 1|73) 1369 days ago
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