Where to adopt a dog in Auckland in 2022

You would have to have lived under a rock not to notice the massive increase in dog ownership due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, the flip side is that many locked puppies are now being abandoned by their owners for various reasons and dog adoption services are inundated with lovely little souls looking for a new home.

By adopting one of the best dog rescue centers in Auckland rather than getting a dog from a breeder, you are truly saving lives, helping our community by getting them off the streets and at a fraction of the cost. Not to mention, you’ll have a fluffy pooch that will provide endless love, laughter, and loyalty.

You don’t know true love until you have a dog in your life. Just make sure you’re ready to commit to a long-term relationship. So if you’re ready, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to adopt a puppy or dog in Auckland so you can be part of the solution.


Mangere & Hobsonville

One of New Zealand’s best-known dog rescue centres, the Auckland branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Mangere was founded in 1883 and they have done their part to encourage the humane treatment of animals and to prevent animal cruelty ever since. You can do your part by adopting a dog from their center in Mangere or their brand new location in Hobsonville. You can browse the dogs on their website and let them know which one you would like to visit, in which case an appointment will be arranged (in red and orange configuration). It makes you believe in love at first sight. Just beware of those puppy eyes because you don’t have room for all of them.

Saving Hope Foundation

On line

Saving Hope is a dog rescue center based in Auckland. Due to their policy of never returning a dog, they are now one of the largest rescue centers in New Zealand and will be picking up dogs from all over the country thanks to an army of dog loving volunteers. This organization also offers foster services, so if you’re unsure how a dog will fit into your life, this could be a great way to find out, providing them with an in-home experience while they find their home. for all time.

Auckland Puppy Rescue

On line

The guys at Auckland Puppy Rescue are dedicated to repatriating puppies aged from birth to 12 months and rely on foster families around Auckland to help the dogs live a real family life before moving on to their great new families. You will pay for your new puppy love to ensure that wonderful organizations like this can continue their good work. Plus, all puppies are sexless, vet checked, microchipped and even registered with the council for their first year. It doesn’t get much better than that.

animal rescue

On line

Pet Rescue is the adoption arm of the Paw Justice charity. They act as matchmakers between unloved and unwanted pooches and people ready and willing to adopt. These pooches come from all walks of life and after a rough start to life, they deserve to go to a loving home. You can browse their website to find the right dog for you. They really make it easy for you – the dogs are ready to go – de-sexed, vaccinated, wormed, dechipped and microchipped.

Rémy the greyhound is sitting on the grass with a pretty scarf around his neck.Greyhounds as pets

On line

Elegant, gentle, affectionate and affectionate, Greyhounds make great pets for most households, including those who live in small homes. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t need to exercise a lot or eat like weightlifters because of their love of the couch. Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) has welcomed over 3,000 ex-racing dogs over the past 15 years. You can browse the dogs on their website and the GAP team will help you make the best possible match for your household. They also offer training and behavioral coaching after adoption as well as continued availability for the lifetime of your greyhound.

Animal rehousing

the north coast

Animal Re-homing rescues dogs from all walks of life and works with many other organizations to do so. They aim to rescue, rehabilitate, and ultimately rehome any animals they encounter. Help them a little. All animals are free on the terms you provide, love, warmth, shelter, care, attention and food. They are completely dependent on donations, so if you can’t get a dog for some reason, you can donate a little financially.

Chained Dog Rehabilitation and Repatriation NZ (CDRRNZ)

Auckland, Queenstown, online

This registered charity is made up of national volunteers who work tirelessly to end the ‘dirty New Zealand secret’ of habitually chained dogs. Seeking to educate and rescue dogs from this most horrific fate, Chained Dog has many dogs seeking both foster homes and adoption to continue their rehabilitation and see their lives turned upside down after a difficult start.

Three adorable puppies at the Country Retreat Animal Sanctuary.

Country Retreat Animal Sanctuary

Auckland, online

Country Retreat Animal Sanctuary (CRAS) is run by husband and wife team Helen and Gavin, who focus on rescuing and nurturing pregnant mothers and very young puppies. Often requiring round-the-clock care, these are the two most vulnerable groups of dogs with extremely high drop-out rates. Over the past 2 years, the retreat has rescued and rehomed over 300 puppies. If you are unable to bring home a puppy at this time, you can donate on their Give-a-Little page to help them continue their great work.

The Humane Society of New Zealand

On line

The Humane Society of NZ picks up wanderers and stragglers from Auckland and then do all the checks to make sure they are healthy and happy. As they have no facilities, they rely on volunteers to temporarily foster the dogs until a permanent home can be found. This is where you come in… check them out, you could save a life today.

Lost Pet (formerly Pets On The Net)

On line

Lost Pet is a website for lost and found pets, and pets ready for adoption across New Zealand. You never know your new pet might be waiting for you just around the corner, ready for love, cuddles and all kinds of adventures with you. Why not search the database across New Zealand for your perfect mate and take it on an epic road trip to get them back if you find your new best friend.

Want to get away with your doggie? Here are the best pet-friendly campsites in New Zealand.

Image credit: Devn, Auckland Puppy Rescue, Greyhounds As Pets, Country Retreat Animal Sanctuary.

Comments are closed.