Welcome!

DC Rescue Dogs is a non-profit organisation based in the Waikato, New Zealand. We do not have a shelter as such, and have all of our dogs and puppies in foster homes throughout the Waikato and Auckland regions. All meet and greets are by appointment only, around our work, family and other time commitments.

We first started rescuing dogs in 2012 and take in dogs in need from pounds and owner surrenders throughout the North Island.  We grew quickly, and now rescue and rehome over 200 dogs a year thanks to our network of admins, foster parents and supporters. We care for them, do all the necessary work that all dogs deserve (desex, vaccinate, council register, microchip, registration with NZCAR, flea/worm), then place them into well-vetted forever homes nationwide.

We also run Desex a Dog, which provides discounted desexing for dogs in need in the Waikato area.

All of our team members are volunteers working full time jobs outside of the rescue, so every cent the rescue makes goes back into the dogs.

We are a registered Charitable Trust, Registration Number – CC52420
Charitable Trust 2628771

Adopt a Dog

Find your new family member

Foster a Dog

Help save lives

When you foster a dog, you are giving them a second chance at life.

Most of the dogs we bring into care are out of time, and the only way we can help them is by having foster homes willing to care for them until we can find them a suitable family.

All vet bills are paid by the rescue, and all food, flea/worm, bedding etc that you require is provided.

Our basic requirements are:
-Waikato Based
-Fully fenced section (or secure area for a dog)
-Owner occupied or landlord permission to have a dog on site
-Willing and able to care for the dog/puppy until adopted, and transport the dog/puppy to any vet appointments etc needed.


To find out more about what fostering involves and to sign up to foster dogs or puppies, click the photo to the right.

Romeo’s Journey

Why We Rescue

Donations & Support

How you can help

Donations to the rescue are greatly appreciated and are essential for the team to continue helping those in need.

Donations can also be made directly to DC Rescue Dogs, account 03-1318-0109617-000. We also accept donations of dog food, crates, puppy pens, bedding, and quality secondhand clothing or household items for the shelter to sell at car boot sales or our auction Facebook page for fundraising. For more information on how you can help, click the photo to the right.