Before you can adopt a dog, we need to ensure that the adoption will be safe and healthy for both you and the animal.
If you are a first time dog owner please see the New dog owners page. This will ensure that you understand the implications of owning an animal and help you choose a pet that is compatible with you and your lifestyle.
Before dogs are put up for adoption, we make sure that they have been:
Dogs are vaccinated before they leave the shelter, but puppies will require booster shots.
An animal management officer will visit you at home to check that your property is:
We will let you know if your property is suitable and whether you can continue with the adoption. We have the right to refuse an adoption if we believe it is not in the best interests of the animal.
If you live in rental accommodation you must get a letter from the property owner, giving their approval to have the dog on the property.
View dogs available for adoption
If you want to adopt an animal other than a dog, we may need to perform a property check. We will let you know as part of the adoption process whether this is necessary.
We have the right to refuse an adoption if we believe it is not in the best interests of the animal.
Our shelter staff can help you choose a pet that is compatible with your lifestyle and home. There are some steps to follow before
you take your new pet home.
If you are adopting a dog, we will visit your property to check that it is
suitable, e.g. it is fenced and the right size. If you rent your home, you need a
letter from your landlord giving their approval to have the dog on the
We may not need to perform a property check if you are adopting an animal other
than a dog, but we will let you know during the adoption process.
Once we check your property, we will let you know if it is suitable for the
animal and whether you can continue with the adoption. If we believe the
adoption is not in the best interests of the animal, we may refuse your
Before dogs are put up for adoption, we make sure they are:
See animals in the shelters.
Find your local shelter
Interested in adopting?
Here's what you need to know.
Adopt a pet from our Facebook page
Check with the SPCA
Lost an animal?
What to do if you have lost a pet or if you have found a stray animal.
Lost and found animals on Facebook
Pets on the net
Pedigree found: the real time lost dog app
Trademe lost and found animals
Lost Pet Finders Ltd
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