Adoption Centre FAQs

No, we don’t have facilities for private boarding. However, our Emergency Welfare Assistance (link to EWA in community outreach) program offers short-term accommodation for pets of people who are in crisis, including those experiencing domestic violence, extended medical treatment or a period of homelessness.

Lort Smith is not a pound and cannot hold stray animals. If an injured stray animal is brought to us, it will stay until it is stable enough to be moved to the appropriate pound. If a lost animal is brought into Lort Smith, we will send it to either the Lost Dogs’ Home or the RSPCA. Refer to our section on lost and found pets (link to lost and found section) for guidance if your pet is lost.

Lort Smith is not a pound. All animals available for adoption have been surrendered to us. We are unable to take in lost or stray animals.

Sometimes it takes longer for some than others but we will never euthanise an animal if they are capable of being rehomed. We do not place a time limit on the length of their stay. All shelter animals have a temperament test before being made available for adoption. The outcome of that test will determine whether the animal is made available for adoption or not. Once they are made available all of our animals find a home.

This will depend on the reason. If an animal isn’t acceptable to the new adopter due to health, physical or other reasons (excluding accidents), and a statement from a veterinary practitioner is provided, Lort Smith will accept the animal back within seven days of adoption and refund the full adoption price. If the animal is returned within three days for any other reason, Lort Smith will refund 75 per cent of the adoption fee or offer another animal with the same guarantee.

No, bringing a cat into the shelter will cause stress to your cat and will not give a true indication of whether it will get along with the other animal. We do have histories on most of our shelter animals and will be able to let you know which animals have lived with cats in the past.

As part of the adoption package, your new pet has a 14-day health cover for shelter-related illnesses only. If your new pet comes down with an illness that is traced back to the shelter, we will cover all vet charges when it is brought back to us to be seen by a Lort Smith vet. If the animal has hurt itself by other means, such as jumping off a chair, this is not covered.