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Hi everyone, my name is Freya

Hi there! I’m Freya, and my journey with Lort Smith has been a very long one. I was surrendered through the hospital as I needed quite extensive and costly treatment that my previous owners were not able to commit to.

I’m a very sweet and gentle girl, and once I’m comfortable with you, you’ll see why the staff here just love me so much! I love going for my walks, food-reward puzzle toys, and nothing makes me happier than being around my humans. I’m such a clever girl and would excel in training as I am highly food motivated and eager to please.

I have been diagnosed with Steroid Responsive Meningitis that is currently being treated with medication and I am almost to the point that it is manageable. So, while I go through this final part of my journey with Lort Smith, I would much prefer to do this in my new home!

As I have not had the opportunities to be exposed to much, I can be quite nervous around new environments, people and animals. I am currently on medication for anxiety, so someone who is able to continue to work on my confidence building around these things would be a dream. I do also bond strongly with people and don’t like being left alone, so I would really benefit from someone who is home more often than not, but will also commit to working on my independence training.

I will be foster to adopt as I do require some further blood tests and to tweak my other medications to get it exactly right.

My ideal new home would be a quiet one with no small animals or young children. I have temporarily been in foster care with another dog, and do get along well with some dogs, sometimes they even make me feel more confident. So I could potentially go to a home with another calm and confidant dog.

If you sound like you could help me with my training and start my brand new life, please fill in an expression of interest form and let me know about you!

 

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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