Adopting a dog
Our adoption 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 reunited 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.
They are registered, desexed, vaccinated and microchipped, Our dogs are also treated for fleas and worms and any other medical conditions before being adopted out.
Ages and breeds are sometimes presumed as we often have no information on the dog.
The adoption fee is $270 for a male dog or $300 for a female dog. This helps cover costs for desexing, vet visits/treatments, foster care, flea and worming treatments.
We make no profit off the adoption fee.
Interested in adopting a dog?
If you are interested in adopting a dog, please read all the information below before making an inquiry.
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 can 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 Customer Services Team on 0800 926 732.
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.
Email us what sort of dog you want to adopt - firstname.lastname@example.org