Hi everyone, my name is Marla and my brother is Maluma

When we first arrived at Lort Smith, we were very shy and unsure. We didn’t know what was happening or where we were. We had very limited socialisation with people so it was decided that individually we would be placed into foster care for confidence building.

Our wonderful foster carers taught us that being loved and petted was actually a nice thing – especially chin scratches and belly rubs! Ping pong balls blew our mind and offered fun like we never knew existed.

We were going to be adopted out separately but since reuniting in the Adoption Hub, it is clear that absence makes the heart grow fonder. We are absolutely a package deal and we can’t wait to begin our new lives together.

We must insist that we go to a quiet home, with no small children or dogs. Our new humans must be patient and understand we may take a little time to adjust. But once we do… we’ll all be the very best of friends!

Please contact the Adoption Hub to arrange a time to meet us, we can’t wait!


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