Hi everyone, my name is Duster

I arrived at Lort Smith covered in fleas and lice. As you can imagine the itchiness was driving me crazy and created some sores. The staff had to shave half of my fur off to give me some relief. I know I’m not looking my best at the moment, but I’m hoping you can see past it.

I’m can be shy at first but once I warm up, I like to lean in for head rubs. I’m a gentle boy and would love nothing more than to be by your side while you watch TV, bask in the sunshine on a window ledge, or curl up next to you while you sleep.

I’m seeking patient adopters that understand that it will take some time for me to settle in and gain my confidence.

Once my fur grows back, I’ll need regular brushing to help me looking and feeling my best.

I am positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), but don’t worry – cats with FIV can live perfectly happy and healthy lives. It just means I am an indoor-only cat – this suits me just fine, as all I want is a warm and safe home to call my own, and humans to share my life with.

I will be available as a foster with a view to adopt to ensure I do not have a skin flare up in my new home.

My new family will receive guidance from the staff while settling in to my new home and my progress will be regularly reviewed to determine whether I need ongoing treatment. When I’ve made the right progress, the adoption can be finalised – and I’ll be all yours!

My new family will need to finish off my skin soothing cream and also promise to keep up with my flea treatments – this has been quite a traumatic experience I hope to never go through again!

If you can provide a loving home for a guy like me, please contact the Adoption Hub to make an appointment.


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