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2020 Lort Smith Fundraising Calendar Helps Animals in Need

Melbourne pooches band together to raise funds for animals in need

Staffies, a Maltese and a Groodle – oh my! These four incredible canines star in Lort Smith’s 2020 fundraising calendar

Each of these incredible dogs have their own special story of bringing colour to the lives of everyone they meet. 

The fabulous Lort Smith’s Backyard Hero Panel’s Choice winner, Henry, has lent his Insta-star status (@henrygroodle) to promote Lort Smith’s work in the community. Henry’s carer, Fraser Davies, who also runs Field Black Café in Northcote, was thrilled for him to be part of the 2020 calendar, “[Henry] is so unique and I love to share him,” said Mr Davies. 

Lort Smith’s 2020 calendar dogs: Henry Groodle (Left) and Bosto the Staffy (Right)
Another Northcote local, and Lort Smith’s Backyard Hero People’s Choice winner, Bosto the Staffy, struts his stuff as Mr March. 

Proud carer, Tony Geveux, was excited to lend Bosto’s infectious smile to Lort Smith, 
“He gives so much joy to people, young and old. He is very loyal. Dogs can teach people a lot of things,” said Mr Geveux. Bosto also acts as a ‘therapy’ dog, providing comfort to Mr Geveux’s mother who has dementia. 

Lort Smith’s 2020 calendar dogs: Nala the Staffy (Left) and Cookie (Right)

Nala, the Staffy x Shar-Pei was just a puppy when she was surrendered to Lort Smith with a broken leg that required two surgeries, rehabilitation and physiotherapy. 

Costs associated with Nala’s treatment were covered by donations received from generous supporters. “Nala is the happiest little dog you could ever meet,” said her carer Audrey Lim.

The final of the fab four, Cookie is a recently retired Lort Smith Pet Therapy dog. Cookie and his carer regularly visited an aged care facility bringing joy, comfort and companionship to the residents.

If you are an animal lover, you will adore the Lort Smith 2020 calendar. Starring dogs, cats, reptiles, mice, birds and even wombats, the calendar celebrates the array of animals that vets treat every week at Australia’s largest not-for-profit animal hospital.

All profits raised from the calendar go direct to Lort Smith’s work, caring for sick, injured and vulnerable animals, and the people who care for them.

Calendars are available now for $15 (plus postage) from

They can also be purchased from the Hospital at 24 Villiers Street, North Melbourne.

About Lort Smith

Lort Smith is the largest not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia, delivering essential and life-saving services to sick, injured and vulnerable animals. Each year our team of more than 60 vets and 110 nurses provide quality care for around 25,000 animals. Lort Smith rehomes approximately 850 animals each year and operates a number of community outreach programs which have a significant social impact on the community. Lort Smith receives no ongoing government funding.

MEDIA RELEASE, 19th November 2019

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