Adopted

Hi everyone, my name is Ruby

I was surrendered to Lort Smith with another canine however we don’t really enjoy each other’s company. In fact, he makes me quite anxious. For this reason, it was decided to rehome us separately. The staff gave this decision lots of thought and consideration but ultimately decided it was best for both of us.

I would love an active but quieter home, with someone that has experience with the boxer breed. Ideally I’d love to go to a home where someone is home more often than not as I love people!

I am extremely affectionate and love cuddles. I just want to be by my person’s side.

I cannot 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 family could take me to one-on-one dog training to help me with my socialisation around other dogs.

When I arrived at Lort Smith I had a few lumps and bumps. The lovely vets have since removed them and most were harmless but there was one that came back as malignant. The good news is that this nasty lump was completely removed, but my new adopters will need to keep an eye on any new lumps that may appear.

Like any ageing lass, my body does have some arthritis which is currently under medical management in the form of daily supplements and injections every few months.

The lovely folks at Lort Smith also noticed that I was leaking small amounts of urine. The vet has prescribed me with low cost medication for this issue, which I will require for life – and this has eliminated the issue. However, the staff would like me to be a foster to adopt for the first fortnight to monitor the effectiveness of this medication. I will then be adopted out with a medical disclaimer.

The friendly team at Lort Smith are very happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you have room for a cuddle bug like me on your couch, please complete an online expression of interest form.

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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