Hi everyone, my name is Zelda

I found myself at Lort Smith when my previous family could not provide me with the care that I so desperately needed.

I’m a very sweet girl who prefers the quiet life. In the home I am mostly very calm, gentle and love to have the attention of my humans, although at times, I do get bursts of energy and love running around and playing with toys, so will need someone that will be able to provide me with daily walks, play and mental stimulation.

I would suit a household where people are home more often than not, as I prefer to be in the company of others.

I can be a little unsure of unfamiliar environments and people, so will need some help from my new carers with building up my confidence. Once I’m familiar with my surroundings, I come out of my shell pretty quickly.

In foster care, I have been living with a young cat that I get along really well with, so I would be happy to go to another home with a cat as long as they had been around dogs before, were friendly and confident.

I am unsure how to interact with other canines, and can be unsure at times, so my new family will need to work on positive controlled exposure around other dogs.

Upon admit to Lort Smith, It was discovered that I needed cruciate repair surgery on one of my hind legs, so I have been in foster care whilst I recovered from this intensive procedure. As I’ve been crate confined to rest while I recover, I’m still building up my endurance on walks and will enjoy more exercise and playtime as I get strong again.

I also have some skin sensitivities that are currently being managed with medication and weekly medicated baths. My carers will need to keep a close eye on my skin until my Veterinary recheck. Because my skin is still under assessment, I will be foster to adopt until my skin is at a manageable level.

I do have some ongoing medications for skin management and to help with my leg, however, the staff would be more than happy to discuss this in further detail with you.

If you think we’d be a good match, please submit an online expression of interest form below.


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