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About Us

The Lort Smith Animal Hospital was built on its current site in North Melbourne in 1936 by the Animal Welfare League, which was established in 1927 to care for the animals of people who were poor and disadvantaged. A founder of the League, Louisa Lort Smith was passionately committed to easing the suffering of animals, but in so doing, also ease the financial suffering of people of limited means.


This created a unique phenomenon: a hospital that was commited to both animal welfare and to social welfare. Nearly 80 years later, this is still the heart and soul of Lort Smith Animal Hospital.


Today the Lort Smith is the largest not for profit animal hospital in Australia and provides high quality veterinary care at a reduced cost for the pets of people in need as well as shelter services for injured, surrendered and abandoned pets that have no-one to care for them. We care for surrendered and unwanted animals in our dedicated cattery and kennels and re-home thousands of cats and dogs each year.


Our wildlife and exotic pet unit provides care and expertise and promotes interest and further education in the captive care of these special creatures.


We believe that the strength of the human/animal bond inevitably means that care for the animal must include concern for the person and we work closely with other community organisations to deliver our emergency boarding services for pets of the elderly and infirm, victims of domestic violence and the homeless.

Lort Smith Animal Hospital is a not-for-profit organisation and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, meaning all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

For futher information on our services please visit www.lortsmith.com


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