LORT SMITH ANNOUNCES “STAY AND GROW” STRATEGY
Lort Smith, whose operations have been located in North Melbourne since 1936, has announced exciting plans to expand its mission supporting sick, injured and vulnerable animals as well as the people who care for them.
The “Stay and Grow” Strategy will see Lort Smith’s existing Villiers Street property repurposed as a centre of excellence to support increased accident and emergency cases as well as referral services. This site will also continue to provide general consultation services to local clients.
Lort Smith will also develop a significant second site in Melbourne’s north/north western corridor. This second site will house a new, state-of-the-art Veterinary and Animal Services Centre. It will offer regular veterinary care and out-patients support plus a community clinic. The site will also provide an adoption centre and temporary boarding facilities (such as Emergency Welfare Assistance for the pets of people in crisis) and improved amenities for clients, staff and animals.
Lort Smith CEO, David Herman said expressions of interest to secure land for the second site are expected to be advertised at the end of April.
He said the new second site would enable Lort Smith to support a wider catchment of clients, including people requiring financial assistance who are fundamental to the organisation’s mission. As part of a range of services for companion animals, Lort Smith provides discounted veterinary care to people who are disadvantaged or otherwise are not able to afford this help for their pets.
“The other exciting news is that we will repurpose our North Melbourne site to focus on accident and emergency support plus expanded referral services. Standard veterinary services for local clients will also be retained on a reduced scale. The new Adoption Hub, opened recently, will also remain,” Mr Herman said.
Plans for both locations will be developed to reflect global best practice. The two integrated projects will be funded with the proceeds of the previous sale of an adjacent property in North Melbourne and fundraising.
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