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ADOPTED & ADORED: Vader rules his home

April 3, 2016

For a lot of us, a pet gives us a sense of family. They teach us a lot about ourselves and love us unconditionally.  Without a pet by our side, our family seems incomplete.

In December 2015, adopter Alana made the decision to introduce a new member into her family, six month-old kitten Vader, formally known as Vandross.

“My partner and I were moving into a new place of our own and we wanted a pet to come and be part of our family.

“We saw Vader in the kitten area at The Lost Dogs’ Home and went over to have a look at him.

“Vader came over to me and let me pick him up straight away. When nuzzled into my neck and fell asleep I knew he had chosen us and was going to be a big part of our family,” said Alana.

Vader_3Four months on, Vader has settled into his new home and has quickly made friends with Alana’s friends and family.

“He likes to meet all of our friends whenever they come over to our house. Vader is a very affectionate and friendly cat who loves to be the centre of attention.

“I love coming home from a hard day, or on the weekend when I am tired, and sitting with him on the couch or on our bed – when he cuddles into me I instantly feel better.”

It seems like Vader likes getting into mischief, with Alana and her partner often finding him in some pretty funny places.

“I open the dishwasher to put a mug in and he’s right in there. Open the linen cupboard and his is hiding in the towels. He also likes getting into the pantry and hiding amongst the containers – his inquisitive nature certainly takes him places!

“It is just so lovely to see his little face when we get home and his hilarious antics keep us smiling. It is nice to have a big pet with a big personality – who loves a cuddle after they have had their fun.”


During April, The Lost Dogs’ Home is aiming to find homes for 250 cats and kittens during our 2016 Adopt-A-Thon.

Until April 30 the adoption fees of all cats six months and older will be waived, and the adoption fees of kittens under six months will be halved to $90.

Each cat comes fully health checked, desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed, costing in excess of $300 per cat.

To receive this offer, you’ll need to successfully complete the Pet Licence Test at the shelter or online at

How you can help

Adopt: We have a number of cats and kittens just waiting to go to their new forever homes this April. You can view all our terrific cats and kittens at If a fancy feline catches your eye visit our North Melbourne or Campaspe shelters to meet them in the fur – our staff are keen to help you find your perfect match!

Existing pet owners are encouraged to check their council regulations on the number of cats they can own per household, as some councils require permits for households with two or more cats.

Don’t forget to complete your Pet Licence Test in order to receive this offer.

Foster: We are always on the lookout for foster carers to help for cats and kittens in need. With foster care periods lasting from two days to four weeks, this is a terrific way to give a cat time out in a home environment, while creating essential space at our shelters. All expenses are covered and successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of applying.

For more information visit our foster care page.

Advocate: If you are not in a position to adopt or foster, why not advocate for a cool cat looking for a new home this April? Share adoption candidate profiles via your Facebook page, email or even through good ol’ word of mouth!