Adopt a dog

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CURRENT DOGS FOR ADOPTION:​​​​

If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, give us a call on 0800 926 732. Adoption cost is $250.00 for a male dog and $280.00 for a female dog (includes vet checks, vaccinations, microchipping, desexing and flea and worm treatment)​​ 


Age: approx 10 years
Breed: Huntaway cross
Colour: Tri
Size: Large


Meet “SARGE” our charming and handsome old soul.  He has spent his younger days working as a cattle dog and has earned his retirement in the sun.  Grown to become very mature and well-mannered around people and animals alike.  Loves to smile, doesn’t bark, A+ marks when it comes to other animals.  He is going to need lots of attention as he ages gracefully and will have needs around his diet as he is a little bit “Gummy”.  If you’re looking for a loyal companion in his twilight years who just wants your affection then give this man a home.


Sonny Bill 

20190411_155525_resized.jpgAge: Approx 8 months old
Breed: Cattle dog / Staffie cross

Meet Sonny Bill, aptly named because he definitely has talent! He's taken pretty much everything in his stride and just wants to play and have cuddles. This boy needs training but loves to learn and loves to please. He's not had many toys in his young life so he is still learning what a ball is.​ 










Age: 1yr
Breed: Border Collie x
Colour:  Honey gold and white
Size: Medium to large 

This lovely little girl has a quirky personality; you can see thinking about the next practical joke she is going to pull.  She is quick to learn and loves to play with other dogs.

Good with cats but unfortunately finds chickens far too interesting.

She is crate trained and has no problem just hanging out.

She still needs more leash training but she's learning fast she loves to please.

Tayla loves to go in the car and will do just about anything to go for a ride.  Her foster mum loves her quirky personality and thoroughly enjoys her company, who ever is lucky enough to adopt Tayla will have a great mate for life.












Adopt a dog Programme

We're always on the lookout for new permanent, loving homes for the wonderful dogs that come into Council's care.

These dogs, for one reason or another, are unable to be reu​nited with their previous owner, but would make great, loving pets. 

All of our dogs for adoption have undergone a behavioural and temperament assessment by our experienced Animal Services Officers, are de-sexed, vaccinated, microchipped and treated for fleas and worms.

Any dogs in our programme for adoption are listed below. We take every adoption very seriously, so make sure you read the 'Before you adopt' information at the bottom of the page.

Dog adoption cost: $220 (includes vet checks, vaccinations, microchipping, desexing and flea and worm treatment)​​ 

Adoption Matching Scheme

Did you know you can contact us if there's a certain type of dog you're interested in adopting? We'll put you on a register and if we receive a dog fitting your request we'll bypass the adoption programme and get in touch with you first.

To tell us what sort of dog you want to adopt - email

Before you adopt

Did you know that the average lifespan of a dog is approximately 12 years?  Being a dog owner is a big responsibility.  It requires a huge time investment and can be expensive.  You need to consider whether you are willing and able to make such a big commitment.

We are looking for families who can give these dogs a loving, forever home. So before applying to adopt one of our dogs, please consider the following questions:

Can you afford a dog?
Dogs can be costly. They require adequate shelter, regular nourishment, health treatments, vaccinations and yearly dog registration.  These costs will soon add up.

Do you know how to care for a dog?
Dogs require a lot of love and care.  If you want to know more about how to care for a dog, one of our friendly Animal Services Officers can provide you with more information.

Do you have the time?
Dogs require daily exercise, plenty of attention, and regular grooming, obedience training and play.

Is your home suitable for a dog?
If you are currently renting you will need to gain permission from your landlord before adopting a dog.  In addition, your property should ideally be fenced and you should ensure your dog is provided with enough space both inside and outside of the house.

Will a dog fit into your lifestyle?
How will your new dog fit in with your working hours, social life and other commitments?  Will you have the time to provide your dog with daily walks and regular training, not to mention being home enough to keep your dog company?  You should also consider who will care for the dog when you go away on holiday.

If after considering these questions you are still interested in adopting a dog – awesome! Check out the dogs available, and then contact one of our friendly Animal Services Team on 07 571 8008.

Become a dog foster parent

Western Bay Council saves and re-homes as many dogs as possible with our successful and rewarding dog foster program, but, we are needing the help and support from our community.

We need more foster carers to temporarily care for a dog while we find it’s forever home.

If you are interested in fostering a dog, have a safe and secure property and some spare time on your hands to care for a dog, we would love to hear from you.

Full support and training to be a dog foster parent is provided.

For more information please contact our friendly Animals Services Team on 0800 926 732.


Page reviewed: 13 May 2019 2:15pm