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Hi everyone, my name is Dawson

I was recently surrendered to Lort Smith after living in a home with too many other animals. I must say that having my own space recently has been really nice so I wouldn’t mind this in my new home too.

I love receiving pats and will even drool if I become super relaxed. The staff here find this really cute and are always coming to see me and take photos.

I love curling up in big fluffy blankets to keep warm so you may even find me taking a nap in your bed when you go to work for the day.

I was recently found to be FIV+ so will need my new adopters to ensure I am kept indoors. It would be fabulous if my new family is able to provide me with an enclosed area outdoors where I can get some fresh air and soak in the sun.

Don’t be shy, come say hi!

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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