Latest News

October 13th, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Lort Smith has implemented steps to protect the health and welfare of clients, volunteers, staff and animals during this unprecedented time. We are continuing to operate while complying with government direction.

September 15th, 2021

Welfare Grooming

Lort Smith welcomes the news that under current restrictions, authorised animal grooming providers are now able to conduct welfare grooms for customers within their 5km radius.

July 21st, 2021

Campbellfield Centre update

A visual update on Lort Smith’s Capital Campaign which supports our Stay and Grow Vision.

June 24th, 2021

Lort Smith volunteer survey results – 2020

At Lort Smith we rely on the incredible work of volunteers who are considered the lifeblood of the organisation, which was built on the vision and commitment of some very special volunteers 85 years ago.

June 22nd, 2021

Pet Taskforce survey now open! Have your say on rehoming dogs and cats

Lort Smith recently welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of a Pet Taskforce dedicated to better support the rehoming of Victorian dogs and cats. The Taskforce is now seeking input from the community and we encourage you to have your say by completing a survey.

April 1st, 2021

Food dangers for pets

As the largest and busiest not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia, treating around 25,000 clients every year, Lort Smith sees the distressing impact of eating the wrong foods on our pets.

March 30th, 2021

Lort Smith welcomes announcement supporting rehoming of more animals

Today Lort Smith welcomed a visit by Minister for Agriculture, Mary-Anne Thomas to the iconic organisation’s animal hospital in North Melbourne for an announcement Lort Smith claims is excellent news for organisations such as theirs who are caring for and rehoming animals across Victoria.

November 5th, 2020

Lort Smith recognised as finalist in the Melbourne Awards

The Melbourne Awards are the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade, celebrating the inspirational Melburnians who dedicate their time and energy to making this city a world leader. This year the iconic Melbourne institution, Lort Smith is a finalist in the Business category.

October 22nd, 2020

Saving your pet’s life

Lort Smith Animal Hospital is urging pet carers to be on alert when walking their dogs in parks; and to keep an eye out in their backyards for snakes.

KONG safestix
October 1st, 2020

Play it safe with sticks

It seems harmless enough – everyone seems to do it, you say to yourself – so you throw the stick one more time not realising that each throw is like cocking a gun in a game of Russian roulette.

August 13th, 2020

How many animals is too many?

Animals play an important role in our lives, and the current pandemic has made their roles more significant. They have warmed our laps, photobombed video conferences, joined us on endless walks and have simply sat with us.

June 30th, 2020

An Ooshie almost cost Coco her life

Coco was feeling very sorry for herself following emergency life-saving surgery at Lort Smith Animal Hospital. The two-year-old pinscher cross doberman had a lion Ooshie and another plastic object removed from her bowel during emergency surgery.

June 22nd, 2020

Recent social media coverage

As many of you will be aware, there is currently social media surrounding issues at The Lost Dogs’ Home. Lort Smith is a completely separate and independent organisation. 

Louisa Lort Smith
June 9th, 2020

Impact 2019

Every day of the year, Lort Smith is here to ensure our animals are cared for, and importantly, the people that care for them.

April 30th, 2020

Caring for your cat in quarantine

We’ve all heard recently about the extremely rare cases of COVID-19 found in one tiger and two smaller felines in Hong Kong and Belgium. While it might seem daunting, the reality is basic hygiene principals will help keep your pet safe from COVID-19.

January 24th, 2020

Watch out for BBQ snatchers

Sunny weekends are a great chance to get family and friends together for a BBQ. However the combination of BBQ meals and pets can result in injury – both directly and indirectly.

January 24th, 2020

Unscheduled fireworks: vigilance keeps your pet safe

This Australia Day the State Government of Victoria has cancelled the 2020 Fireworks display, and many councils have followed suit. While this is a welcome sigh of relief for pet owners, it doesn’t prevent unscheduled fireworks which cause pets distress.

November 8th, 2019

Lort Smith shortlisted in 2019 VicHealth Awards

Lort Smith is thrilled to be named as a finalist in the category Improving the health and wellbeing of young Victorians for its work with disadvantaged youth for the 2019 VicHealth Awards.

October 7th, 2019

Snake antivenom saves lives

Lort Smith Animal Hospital is urging pet carers to be on alert when walking their dogs in parks; and to keep an eye out in their backyards.

Lort Smith staffy cross puppies
July 19th, 2019

For pet’s sake, desex your furry friends!

Lort Smith is pleading pet owners to desex their furry friends to prevent unwanted litters, and to ensure optimal health and wellbeing for animals in the community.

July 9th, 2019

Keep your eye on the balls

Over the last month Lort Smith Animal Hospital has seen a sharp rise in cats requiring life-saving surgery to remove small balls from their intestine.

May 9th, 2019

Pet first aid

Every pet carer will be faced with their pet being injured at some point. Know when it’s time to bring your pet to Lort Smith’s Accident and Emergency.

April 2nd, 2019

Managing pet arthritis

At least 65 per cent of dogs and cats will develop osteoarthritis. Lort Smith can provide you with treatment options to ensure your pet can continue to live a full life.

March 28th, 2019

Two out of every five Australian pets are overweight

As many as 40% of Australian pets are overweight. We all like to treat our special friends to a little something special from time to time, but consider this: a cat eating 25 grams of cheese is equivalent to a human eating three and a half hamburgers!

March 15th, 2019

Lort Smith launches exciting $20 million Capital Campaign

Lort Smith ‘Our Future Is In Your Hands Capital Campaign’ launched last night with a cornerstone philanthropic donation of $2 million and a separate Challenge Grant that matches public donations dollar for dollar up to $1 million until 31 December 2019.

January 3rd, 2019

Keep your furry friends safe in the heat

Hot weather conjures up images of fun at the beach, lounging in the shade and iced drinks with umbrellas. However really hot weather can be dangerous for those more vulnerable to heat – including pets.

December 12th, 2018

No more ducky dinners for Beefcake

French bulldog Beefcake is on a strict diet following emergency life-saving surgery at Lort Smith Animal Hospital last week. The four-year-old dog is back at his home in Keilor Downs after vets removed four rubber ducks from his stomach and intestine.

November 29th, 2018

Recent media coverage

Lort Smith and The Lost Dogs’ Home are completely separate and independent organisations.

October 4th, 2018

The immeasurable benefits of pets in aged care

Mr Wendell is no ordinary six-year-old Havanese dog. He holds the important title of Community Engagement Coordinator at Broughton Hall, a residential aged care facility in Camberwell, Victoria.

October 1st, 2018

Cat desexing campaign

For the month of October, Lort Smith will be offering a 25% discount off all cat desexings.

July 20th, 2018

Help us clear the cattery

With the warmer spring weather just around the corner, we need to clear the cattery to make way for the annual “kitten season” influx which is soon to arrive. Until 31 July, adoption fees for adult cats have been reduced to just $50 (from $115).

May 1st, 2018

It’s back to school time for kittens

Puppies have had their own preschool for a while, so we thought it was only time that kittens also have the chance to shine: introducing Lort Smith Kitten Kinder.

November 17th, 2017

Six dumped puppies given second chance by Lort Smith

Seven, one-week old puppies were surrendered to Lort Smith on Sunday 12 November. They were found in hard rubbish last Friday 10 November in Hoppers Crossing. The finder bottle fed them before surrendering them to us.

April 20th, 2017

Dr Leanne volunteers her skills in the Cook Islands

Lort Smith’s Dr Leanne Pinfold carried out a volunteer veterinary placement at the Esther Honey Foundation (EHF) Animal Clinic in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Read about her amazing experience.

February 22nd, 2017

Lort Smith launches world’s best practice Adoption Hub

Iconic Melbourne not-for-profit institution, Lort Smith, today unveiled its Adoption Hub set to redefine animal adoption centres in Australia. The facility, officially opened by The Right Honourable Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, sets a new benchmark in animal adoption services in Australia.