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Hi everyone, my name is Buddy & Bear

My best friend Buddy and I, were transferred to Lort Smith from another shelter to better our chances of finding a permanent new home where we can relax and live out our golden years.

The team here absolutely adore both of us, they say we are such gentle old souls.

We cannot bare to be without one another, so we must go to our new home together.

Our perfect new home would be quiet and calm. Somewhere we can relax, go on short leisurely strolls with our new companions and have a safe and warm bed to curl up in.

It would be best that we are the only animals in the house, as Buddy can get a little nervous around new dogs, and he still has his innate instinct to want chase small animals. I can be a little excitable around new dogs and at times will vocalise out of excitability.

Buddy is a shy with new people, so will take a little while longer to warm to people than I will. I am quite confident and laid back.

I hear the lovely staff talking to each other about Buddy and I, saying how they love my gorgeous smile and the way I look into their eyes lovingly and how Buddy is the most beautiful, gentle and sweet soul.

Buddy and I do have medical issues, which I suppose is just a part of getting older. We both have a few fatty lumps but they are benign in nature. Both Buddy and I have arthritis that requires medication to help soothe our joints and will enable us move around a lot more comfortably. Our senses have slightly deteriorated due to old age, however we do not need any treatment for these at this time.

I have unfortunately been diagnosed with spondylosis which effects my movement, so the vets have prescribed me steroids to help ease any pain. I will require steroid injections with a specific vet every 3-6 months. I know that’s a lot to take in, but the friendly shelter staff will be able to discuss our medical issues with you further.

If you think you would be able to provide us with the home where we can enjoy our twilight years, please contact the Adoption Hub.

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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.

  • 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.

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