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About Lort Smith

Lort Smith was built on its current site in North Melbourne in 1936 by the Animal Welfare League of Victoria. Our founder Louisa Lort Smith was passionately committed to caring for the animals of poor and disadvantaged people.

More than eighty years later, this is still the heart and soul of Lort Smith.

Today we are the busiest animal hospital in Australia. Our 63 vets and 110 vet nurses provided high-quality veterinary care for approximately 25,000 animals each year.

The Animal Hospital has 11 wards including an exotic and native wildlife unit. Our Adoption Centre cares for animals undergoing medical treatment and also provides shelter and fostering services for surrendered animals before finding them a new home. Lort Smith's Community Outreach programs include a 400 strong volunteer program, a Companion Animal Loss Support Group and an extensive Pet Therapy program. 

Lort Smith is a not-for-profit organisation which receives no ongoing government funding and relies heavily on generous donations by the public. We have a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, meaning all donations of $2 and over are tax deductible. 

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