03 9328 3021

  • Available from: May 5th, 2017
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 15 months old (Adult)
  • Size: Large
  • Breed: Anatolian Shepherd

Pleased to meet you, my name is Zara!

Here is a bit about myself. I am at the Lort Smith in Melbourne  as I was transferred from another rescue organisation. The other rescue was full but luckily Lort Smith had the room for a big girl like me.

I love a good snuggle and a good ol belly rub!

I enjoy the company of, and would like to be with other dogs; however, I need to learn some manners, as I can be over excited and rough with them. Due to my breed I may not always get on with other dogs, especially strange ones once  I'm mature, so need a strong owner who will learn and understand this.

I can sometimes be a little timid and nervous in new surroundings and when meeting new people so someone that will be patient with me whilst I come out of my shell would be so wonderful!

I need a space to roam and be able to come in and outside as I please, I get a bit anxious if I feel like I'm too confined and Secure, high fencing is also a must!

A strong, experienced handler that is willing to take me to behaviour training would be very beneficial as to build on my good manners and etiquette around other dogs. I already know how to sit and shake too!

A home with no cats, small animals or small children would be best for me.

I'd love a home with someone experienced with the Livestock Gaurdian Dog breed traits and needs. 

I will be looking for a foster with the view to adopt home.

If you think I sound like the perfect addition to the family please contact the Lort Smith Adoption Hub"


  • Suits teenager
  • Allowed outdoors


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

Ready to Adopt?

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