Hi everyone, my name is Xena

I was surrendered to Lort Smith when I fractured my leg and my carers were not able to afford my medical costs or continue my strict physiotherapy and confinement regime for eight weeks.

I have been in foster care for the last six weeks with a dedicated Lort Smith foster carer and I am now ready to find my forever home.

Before I can be officially adopted, I still have to complete another three weeks of room confinement and slow controlled physiotherapy. I then have my paws crossed that the vets will give me the all clear. For this reason, I will be a foster to adopt for the next three weeks until my final vet check.

I will require an active home, with carers that will take me on long daily walks and provide me with plenty of enrichment and play time. I am a typical pup and have an exuberant amount of energy I need to burn on a daily basis.

Carers that will take me to puppy school, ongoing obedience training and have time for a pup like me would be the best fit. I am learning a few basic commands with the help of staff and volunteers, but I do have quite a way to go!

A home with no young children would be best, as I tend to be a little nippy and mouthy at times and I would hate to hurt. I love other dogs but I still have a lot to learn so for now it’s best that I go to a home with no other animals.

If you think I would suit your lifestyle and you can commit to providing me with the specific care I need for the next three weeks, please call the Adoption Hub to discuss.


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