Hi everyone, my name is Rocco

I was surrendered to Lort Smith with my canine friend, however, she did not enjoy my company and became quite anxious when I was around. For this reason, it was decided to rehome us separately. This was not an easy decision for the staff to make, and it was not taken lightly.

I would love an active but quieter home, with someone that has experience with the boxer breed. Ideally someone who is home more often than not.

I am extremely tactile, adore cuddles, pats and being by my handler’s side.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to be rehomed with any other animals. Due to my lack of exposure as a puppy and adult dog, I will require careful socialisation around other animals. It would be wonderful if my new adopters take me to one-on-one dog training, to help with working on my behaviours around other dogs.

When I arrived at Lort Smith, it was noted that I had a skin infection. I am currently on a long course on antibiotics to help treat this.

Whilst in Lort Smith’s care, my eye become inflamed and sore. After further assessment, it was found that I would need to have surgery on my eye to help relieve pressure. The friendly staff will be able to tell you more about the medical side of things.

Due to my older age, I do have some arthritic changes, which are currently under medical management in the form of injections every few months.

If you think you could love an adorable face like mine, please complete an online expression of interest form.


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