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January 24th, 2020

Watch out for BBQ snatchers

Sunny weekends are a great chance to get family and friends together for a BBQ. However the combination of BBQ meals and pets can result in injury – both directly and indirectly.

January 24th, 2020

Unscheduled fireworks: vigilance keeps your pet safe

This Australia Day the State Government of Victoria has cancelled the 2020 Fireworks display, and many councils have followed suit. While this is a welcome sigh of relief for pet owners, it doesn’t prevent unscheduled fireworks which cause pets distress.

October 7th, 2019

Snake antivenom saves lives

Lort Smith Animal Hospital is urging pet carers to be on alert when walking their dogs in parks; and to keep an eye out in their backyards.

Lort Smith staffy cross puppies
July 19th, 2019

For pet’s sake, desex your furry friends!

Lort Smith is pleading pet owners to desex their furry friends to prevent unwanted litters, and to ensure optimal health and wellbeing for animals in the community.

July 9th, 2019

Keep your eye on the balls

Over the last month Lort Smith Animal Hospital has seen a sharp rise in cats requiring life-saving surgery to remove small balls from their intestine.

May 9th, 2019

Pet first aid

Every pet carer will be faced with their pet being injured at some point. Know when it’s time to bring your pet to Lort Smith’s Accident and Emergency.

April 2nd, 2019

Managing pet arthritis

At least 65 per cent of dogs and cats will develop osteoarthritis. Lort Smith can provide you with treatment options to ensure your pet can continue to live a full life.

March 28th, 2019

Two out of every five Australian pets are overweight

As many as 40% of Australian pets are overweight. We all like to treat our special friends to a little something special from time to time, but consider this: a cat eating 25 grams of cheese is equivalent to a human eating three and a half hamburgers!

March 15th, 2019

Lort Smith launches exciting $20 million Capital Campaign

Lort Smith ‘Our Future Is In Your Hands Capital Campaign’ launched last night with a cornerstone philanthropic donation of $2 million and a separate Challenge Grant that matches public donations dollar for dollar up to $1 million until 31 December 2019.

January 3rd, 2019

Keep your furry friends safe in the heat

Hot weather conjures up images of fun at the beach, lounging in the shade and iced drinks with umbrellas. However really hot weather can be dangerous for those more vulnerable to heat – including pets.

December 12th, 2018

No more ducky dinners for Beefcake

French bulldog Beefcake is on a strict diet following emergency life-saving surgery at Lort Smith Animal Hospital last week. The four-year-old dog is back at his home in Keilor Downs after vets removed four rubber ducks from his stomach and intestine.

November 29th, 2018

Recent media coverage

Lort Smith and The Lost Dogs’ Home are completely separate and independent organisations.

October 4th, 2018

The immeasurable benefits of pets in aged care

Mr Wendell is no ordinary six-year-old Havanese dog. He holds the important title of Community Engagement Coordinator at Broughton Hall, a residential aged care facility in Camberwell, Victoria.

October 1st, 2018

Cat desexing campaign

For the month of October, Lort Smith will be offering a 25% discount off all cat desexings.

July 20th, 2018

Help us clear the cattery

With the warmer spring weather just around the corner, we need to clear the cattery to make way for the annual “kitten season” influx which is soon to arrive. Until 31 July, adoption fees for adult cats have been reduced to just $50 (from $115).

May 1st, 2018

It’s back to school time for kittens

Puppies have had their own preschool for a while, so we thought it was only time that kittens also have the chance to shine: introducing Lort Smith Kitten Kinder.

November 17th, 2017

Six dumped puppies given second chance by Lort Smith

Seven, one-week old puppies were surrendered to Lort Smith on Sunday 12 November. They were found in hard rubbish last Friday 10 November in Hoppers Crossing. The finder bottle fed them before surrendering them to us.

April 20th, 2017

Dr Leanne volunteers her skills in the Cook Islands

Lort Smith’s Dr Leanne Pinfold carried out a volunteer veterinary placement at the Esther Honey Foundation (EHF) Animal Clinic in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Read about her amazing experience.

February 22nd, 2017

Lort Smith launches world’s best practice Adoption Hub

Iconic Melbourne not-for-profit institution, Lort Smith, today unveiled its Adoption Hub set to redefine animal adoption centres in Australia. The facility, officially opened by The Right Honourable Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, sets a new benchmark in animal adoption services in Australia.