Adopted

Hi everyone, my name is Totoro

I previously lived in a home with far too many cats. I’m now looking for a new abode – one that is less crowded and where I can be the centre of attention!

I struggled when I initially came to Lort Smith because it was a different way of living for me. However I then spent some time in foster care and my true personality came out. My foster carer has a dog and a cat and we got along just fine.

I love to play and keep myself busy – tunnels are my favourite! I also like being petted and I’m fine to be picked up and cuddled.

I enjoy having my hair brushed, which is good because I have very luscious locks!

If I sound like the guy for you, come and visit me in the Adoption Hub.

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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