A compassionate community of animal carers

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Lort Smith was built on its current site in North Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria in 1936 by the Animal Welfare League of Victoria and its founder, Louisa Lort Smith was passionately committed to caring for the animals of poor and disadvantaged people.

Lort Smith is now an iconic Melbourne institution providing exceptional veterinary services for all pet carers. As Australia’s largest not-for-profit animal hospital Lort Smith provide world-class animal healthcare and wellbeing services through high-quality vet care and state-of-the-art facilities. Lort Smith also champion the human-animal bond and have a unique legacy of compassion for pets and people in their community through an animal shelter and adoption services, pet therapy and community outreach programs.

Our founder, Louisa Lort Smith, was passionately committed to caring for the animals of poor and disadvantaged people. Several decades later, this is still the heart and soul of Lort Smith.

Our 60+ vets and 90+ vet nurses provide high-quality veterinary care to approximately 25,000 animals each year. Our mission is to improve the health and happiness of animals and the people who care for them.

We do this in our animal hospital by providing exceptional veterinary care and preserving the human-animal bond irrespective of a person’s circumstance, and at our adoption centre by providing sanctuary, rehabilitation, welfare and a new home for animals.


Visit us at https://www.lortsmith.com/ for more information.


Lort Smith
24 Villiers Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Lort Smith Adoption Hub
38 Villiers Street (next door to Animal Hospital)
North Melbourne VIC 3051
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