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Hi everyone, my name is Chicko

I arrived at Lort Smith having eaten a stone and requiring surgery. For this reason I should not be left alone with small items such as toys and stones as I don’t want to end up back in hospital!

The staff tell me I’m a sweet boy and I’m super keen to learn new things. I can be a little nervous around new people and places, and when I meet other dogs. My approach can be a little rude, so someone who will take me to obedience classes where I can learn to socialise and build my confidence would be grand!

Ideally I need a home where someone is around a lot as I do get anxious when I am on my own. I could potentially go to a home with another dog, as long as they are well trained and can be patient with me. A home with no small animals would be best, as the thrill of the chase is too strong for me!

If you cannot resist my smile and think I’d suit your lifestyle, please phone the Adoption Hub to arrange a meet and greet. I am currently in foster care so an appointment is required.

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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