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How to Adopt

FlashWhat are the requirements to adopt a dog?
We rehome dogs to fully fenced, preferably owner occupied homes who will have the time to spend training and socialising with their dog. We require photos of your fencing, as well as an address to run a council background check. 

We rent our home. Can we still adopt?
Yes you can, as long as you can supply written landlord permission. We also give preference to renters who have been in their house for a reasonable length of time.

What is the adoption fee and what does that include?
The majority of our dogs are $280 each, while some may be more or less expensive depending on what costs were involved in their rescue. All of our team are volunteers, and all of the money from adoption fees and fundraising goes back in to the rescue to recoup some of the costs from each dog. All dogs are desexed, vaccinated (at least their first vaccination, possibly more if they are older), registered with council and NZCAR, microchipped and treated for worms/fleas before going to their new homes.

Can we still adopt if we are out of town?
Yes, we have adopted dogs out all over New Zealand! We do ask that all prospective owners meet with the dog prior to adoption so you will still need to travel to meet the dog. We are able to help arrange transport to your town if you are a good match.

How do we arrange to meet a dog? What is the adoption process?
Message the Facebook page or email us and tell us a bit about the home that you can offer a lucky dog.

Things we want to know are:
  • Is your property fully fenced? Please provide photos and an address for a council check.
  • Do you own the property or have written landlord permission to have a dog on site?
  • Do you have any other pets?
  • Do you have any children in your household?
  • Do you have time for training and socialisation for a dog or puppy?
  • Do you have any previous dog experience?

If this sounds like a good match, then we can suggest a dog that might be a good fit for your lifestyle, or pass on the contact details for the dog or puppy that you enquired about.

If once you meet the dog or puppy you decide that they will be a good match for your lifestyle, then let us know and we will run a council check (this can be done prior to meeting the dog if you are from out of town).

If this checks out then you pay the adoption fee for your dog or puppy, and you are able to take your dog or puppy home!

Please keep in touch and send us updates – we love seeing how dogs are doing in their new homes. If you have any issues, you are always welcome to get in touch and we will do our best to assist.

Dogs are not first in first served. We sometimes receive multiple applications for each dog, and we select the home that is the best fit for that particular dog. We appreciate all enquiries and thank you for your interest in our dogs!

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Ellie

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