- Available from: March 1st, 2017
- Gender: Male
- Age: 6 years (Adult)
- Size: Small
- Breed: Domestic Medium Hair
Hi there, I'm Ralph!
I came to Lort Smith several weeks ago after spending only four months with my previous owner. Although she loved me like mad she had to surrender me as I had a limp which puzzled everyone!
The wonderful vets at Lort Smith x-rayed me and and found two pins in my left hind leg from a previous accident! They tried to remove them but they were too tricky to pull out. Whilst I'm totally fine and get around easily, in years to come, I may need the pins removed if they cause me discomfort.
I have two requests please; I must be kept inside so I don't injure myself again, and I kindly ask that I be an only pet as other felines stress me out.
I promise I'm a darling with the loveliest eyes - let's cuddle!
- Suits teenager
ADOPTING AN ANIMAL
Things to consider before adopting an animal
Adopting an animal is a rewarding experience that will last a lifetime. But before you adopt a pet please take some time to consider the commitment you are about to make. Sometimes the excitement of pet ownership can overshadow factors that should be considered before adoption.
Adopting a shelter pet is a lifelong decision that will have a major impact to your normal, everyday life. Please remember that a cat or dog can live for up to 20 years and they will rely only on you for their wellbeing for their entire life.
Before you decide, have you considered the following?
- Do I have time to exercise the dog every day?
- Do I have time for puppy pre-school and time to socialise a puppy?
- Do I have at least an hour every day to spend with my cat?
- Do I have time for obedience training?
- If renting, does the landlord permit pets?
- Is the backyard big enough and is the fencing secure?
- Does the whole family want a pet?
- Will the pet be allowed inside?
- Will I have to move interstate or overseas in the foreseeable future?
- Will I have to move to another rental property where the landlord may not allow pets.
Can I afford a pet?
Pets are a lifelong monetary commitment, you will need to factor in:
- Weekly animal food bills and necessities
- Yearly council registration
- Monthly medications like heart worm/intestinal worm and flea treatments
- Annual vet visits for vaccinations and check ups
- Unexpected vet bills due to accidents or medical conditions
- Ongoing grooming
- Boarding fees for human holidays
- Enrichment like training, toys etc