Before you can adopt a dog, there are a few required steps which ensure that the adoption will be safe and healthy for both you and the dog.
We may need to perform these checks if you are adopting an animal other than a dog, but we will let you know during the adoption process.
Adopting a dog
First time dog owners
If you are a first time dog owner please read the ‘For New Dog Owners’ section of the site. 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.
Pre-adoption checks for dogs
Before dogs are put up for adoption, we make sure that they have been:
- given health checks
- registered and
Dogs are vaccinated before they leave the shelter, but puppies will require booster shots.
Checking your property
An animal management officer will visit you at home to check that your property is suitable for a dog, e.g. that your property is:
- fenced appropriately and
- an adequate size for the dog you are adopting.
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
Adopting other animals
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.