Adopt a dog

Adopt a dog paw

We often get dogs needing a new home at our shelters. We offer these dogs for adoption on our Facebook Adopt a dog page.

We want to give every dog the best chance of being adopted, so we process applications on a first come, first served basis. To avoid disappointment we encourage you to apply for the dog you want as soon as possible.

We also work with local groups to help re-home dogs. If a dog you are interested in has been transferred to an agency, you should contact that agency directly.

We take all steps necessary to provide a healthy and well-behaved dog for adoption. However, the Council will not be held responsible for the dog’s behaviour, health conditions or any other claims following adoption.

Online

Complete the form

Put your details into our Dog Adoption Application.

We will contact you

To discuss your next steps.

Paying the fee

Your adoption fee covers microchipping, neutering, vaccinations, parvo test and registration. It must be paid before you collect your dog.

By Phone

Call us

We will provide you with a Dog Adoption Application.

Complete the form

Fill in the application and return to us by email, or by post to: FNDC Adopt A Dog, 5 Memorial Ave (Head Office), Private Bag 752, Kaikohe 0440.

We will contact you

To discuss your next steps.

Paying the fee

Your adoption fee covers microchipping, neutering, vaccinations, parvo test and registration. It must be paid before you collect your dog.

In Person

Visit us

Ask at the front counter of any Council Service Centre for a Dog Adoption Application.

Complete the form

Fill in the application and return it to us by email or give it to one of our front counter staff.

We will contact you

To discuss your next steps. 

Paying the fee

Your adoption fee covers microchipping, neutering, vaccinations, parvo test and registration. It must be paid before you collect your dog.


Sometimes the Council will decline an adoption application. This might be because a person has:

  • Previously owned or currently owns unregistered dogs
  • A number of dogs on the property already
  • A property unsuitable for a dog
  • Previous convictions under the Dog Control Act 1996 or the Animal Welfare Act 1999
  • A previous Infringement notice issued for offences in relation to the Dog Control Act 1996
  • Previous complaints received about uncontrolled dog behaviour.