Adopt a dog

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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)​​ 

Lily and Cracker

Cracker (right)  and Lily (left) are two delightful little dogs in desperate need of a loving new home. It was with a very heavy heart that their owner of nine years signed them over to Council to rehome as a result of tragic changes to personal circumstances. Both are well socialised and enjoy the company of other dogs and people. They are house trained, great with cats and travel well. They are both very affectionate and love cuddles. They also love to explore so who ever adopts these two will need to make sure that they have good fencing. 

The new owner will also need to be able to pay for urgent dental treatment that the Vet estimated at $1000.00 dollars each....But these wonderful dogs are worth it!! Lily (Maltese cross) and Cracker (Shih Tzu) are both 9 years old. Although they are not related, they have been together since pups and we would very much like to keep it that way; so only one adoption fee of $250 will be charged.

red (Left)

Age: Approx 7 months
Breed: Lab x
Colour:  Red
Size: Will grow to be a large dog 

Come and meet Red (on the left) and you won't be disappointed!! She is an absolute gem. She started out knowing nothing about normal pet dog life and within a few weeks is on her way to becoming a wonderfully well rounded family dog. She still has a way to go in terms of learning to travel in the car without being sick and not getting under your feet when walking on the lead but she has great potential. Kids, cats and other dogs are big tick. She spends her days playing with lots of other dogs at doggy day care and her evenings cuddling at home. Training has been fairly easy as she is definitely food motivated. 

Her lovely sister Mia (aka Honey because she is a honey of a dog, on the right) is also up for adoption.

Mia (right)

Age: Approx 7 months
Breed: Lab x
Colour:  Golden
Size: Will grow to be a large dog 

Mia has a super sweet nature.  She is a fast learner and has adjusted well to normal pet life in her foster home.  She loves cuddles and treats.  She socialises well with other dogs and is good around kids, but we don’t know how she is with cats or other domestic animals.  She will suit someone with the time to build her confidence as she has not had a lot of exposure to the normal dog world. 












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: 19 Mar 2019 11:50am