Hi everyone, my name is Tessa

I’ve had a long journey at Lort Smith but I’m glad to say that I am now ready to find a home I can call my own.

Through this process, I have learnt a lot about myself so this is what I would like my adopters to know about me too. Men can be a little scary to me but I have been working on this and improving every day.

I have amazing handler focus and trust my adopters to continue this training especially out on walks, and provide me with the reassurance I need.

Once I am familiar, I will warm up to you and want nothing more than a good wrestle and belly rub. I am also very intelligent and food motivated. I’m very good with my puzzle toys and am a quick learner. I would love to work on some independence training.

I have also lost just over 10 kilos being here at Lort Smith and this has taken a lot of pressure off my joints! I’m feeling better than ever and my arthritis is currently being controlled with supplements. I still very much enjoy my strolls and fresh air.

Being a bigger dog that needs lots of exercise, I am best suited to a home with a grassy backyard. Apartment living is just a little too cramped for me.

Unfortunately I do have some sensitive skin and I am a carrier of MRSP. This means I shouldn’t be around other animals and I’m not ideal around young children. It is a lot of jargon to me so the staff are more than happy to explain this to you. All I know is I am very comfortable and with the right management, I can live a perfectly normal life.

I will be a foster with a view to adopt, this means that the Adoption Centre staff will provide my new adopters will all the guidance and resources to help with my transition.

At the moment, I am enjoying time in foster care and continuing to thrive in my training and getting gold stars! So if you would like to arrange a meet and greet with me, please give the Adoption Hub a call.


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