How We Make A Difference
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.
Eighty one 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 96 vet nurses provided high-quality veterinary care for 24,865 animals in 2016.
The 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 440 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.
Founded in 1996, Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence.
Assistance Dogs Australia provides a free service to people with disabilities. Our recipients include those born with developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy and spina bifida, those who acquire debilitating illnesses like multiple sclerosis, and those who have been in tragic accidents and will never walk again.
We also provide dogs for children with autism, people living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and are excited to launch a new pilot working with people living at home with dementia.
Each Assistance Dog takes two years to train and requires an investment of over $35,000 – however Assistance Dogs are provided to people living with disabilities free of charge throughout Australia.
As a result of our program these highly trained dogs allow recipients to have greater mobility, gain confidence and allow them to have higher self-esteem.
About Lort Smith Animal Hospital
About Assistance Dogs Australia
We believe that everyone can help in some way! and here at Tani's Mobile Doggy Wash we have chosen to donate a percentage of our monthly profit to the most caring and giving animal organisations within Australia, with our donations we'll help make a difference within our great animal communities and to those whom are vision impaired or who suffer from disabilities which inhibit their independence.
To help make a difference click on Lort Smith Animal Hospital or Assistance Dogs Australia logo to be redirected to their donation pages.