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Before you adopt a dog

We will always try to find the best possible home for animals. We will consider the best interests of both you and the animal before we approve an adoption.

COVID-19 information

All adoptions are on hold until further notice. We will work with those who have already begun the adoption process but no new adoptions will be undertaken.

For any other dog-related issues or inquiries, contact the call centre at 09 301 0101 or learn more.

A guide for first time dog owners

All first time dog owners should read our guide for dog owners, particularly the following pages:

We will check your property

One of our animal management officers will visit you at home to check if your property is suitable for keeping a dog.

We will check whether your property is:

  • fully fenced
  • of adequate size for the dog you are adopting.

Our tip

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.

Pre-adoption checks for dogs

All dogs up we put up for adoption have been:

  • health checked
  • neutered
  • registered
  • micro-chipped.

All dogs are given a basic vaccination before they leave the shelter. Most dogs will need a booster shot for any further vaccinations.

Speak to your vet for more information.

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