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Adoption and pound info

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Adopt a dog from one of our pounds

Adopting a dog is a life altering decision that should not be taken lightly. We'd like to match every dog with the most suitable family or owner. Consider your personal circumstances before taking on the responsibility of owning a dog.

We have two dog pound locations, one in Ngaruawahia and the other in Pukekohe. You can drop into these locations during their opening hours to check if we have your dog or call ahead to chat to one of our animal control officers first before your visit - freephone 0800 492 452.

For pricing information including impoundment costs, please refer to our fees and charges page.

How to adopt a dog 

Dogs are adopted out to responsible new owners only and checks will be made in relation to prospective owners and the suitability of their property, prior to an adoption being approved.

Get in touch with us to chat to one of our Animal Control Officers by phoning 0800 492 452. They will chat to you about the available dogs and arrange a time for you to visit the pound. You can also check out our Waikato Pound Pups Facebook page to see what dogs are available for adoption from our pound.

We reserve the right to make a decision on the most suitable home for any dog available for adoption.

Some people may not 'qualify' for being able to adopt a dog. The criteria that would possibly prevent you from being able to adopt a dog from the Council are:

  • Previous non-registration history.
  • Numbers of existing dogs on the property, e.g. in a permit controlled zone.
  • Property unsuitable for the dog.
  • Previous history with regard to a substantiated offences of such things as straying, nuisance barking, impounded dog etc. 

The criteria that would prevent you from being able to adopt a dog from the Council are:

Pound locations 

Ngaruawahia Pound

Opening hours: 3pm - 4pm Monday to Friday (not open on public holidays).

Address: 16 Brownlee Avenue, Ngaruawahia.

Pukekohe Pound

Opening hours: 3pm - 4pm Monday to Friday (not open on weekends or public holidays).

Address: 15 Austen Place, Pukekohe

The pounds do not take payments such as dog registration, infringement fines and impound fees - these must be paid at a Waikato District Council Office.