Hi everyone, my name is Joy


I found myself at Lort Smith after I became very unwell and my carer could no longer look after me. After a number of tests the vets at Lort Smith discovered that I had what they call a liver shunt and the next thing I knew I was being whisked off for surgery to fix the shunt! My recovery post surgery was a bit of a rough one but the vets and nurses looked after me really well. Once I was well enough to leave the hospital I went into a foster home to complete my recovery and learn how to be a dog.

I hadn’t had a lot of socialisation prior to being surrendered to the Adoption Centre so I had a lot to catch up on.

In foster care I discovered that other dogs are so much fun to play with. I’m hoping that my new family will have another young, small breed dog in the family for me to play with. I will likely be a bit bored without one as playtime and wrestling is one of my favourite pastimes!

I can be a little bit shy when I first meet new people, but I’ve learnt that humans bring a lot of love so it doesn’t take me too long to warm up if you’re gentle with me! I need a home with no young children please.

My new family will need to be one without small animals; cats, birds, rabbits, as the thrill of chasing small fluffy creatures is a bit too exciting for me!

I’ve been picking up some basic manners whilst in foster care but it would be ideal that I attended obedience school as I still have a way to go.

I love getting out on walks and exploring the local parks, I have a lot of energy to burn so will require walks at least once a day and lots of playtime at home. Once I’m tired I will curl up on the couch for cuddles, but until then I’m constantly on the go!

I am looking for a home where I will be fostered with the view to adopt until I can officially be adopted. This is because I am on medication and require further blood tests in the next few weeks (Lort Smith will cover the cost of these). Then I can be officially adopted into your family.

Please give the Adoption Hub a call to make a time to meet me!


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