Adopt a dog or puppy from us

From Chihuahuas to German Shepherds, young lively puppies, or golden oldies, here at New Lives we have all kinds of breeds coming through our doors searching for their second chance at life. 

Why adopt from us?

We pride ourselves on re-homing happy and healthy animals into their new forever families. Our team has over twenty years animal handling and behaviour experience, so with our expertise and passion for rehoming we'll match you up with your new buddy! 

Welcome a happy, healthy dog into your home. Prior to adoption our dogs and puppies receive:
  • Veterinary health check
  • Spey and Neuter -  no animal leaves our care without been de-sexed!
  • Vaccinations are vital for the health of your animal, all dogs/pups will receive at least their first vaccination whilst in our care
  • Our dogs are all micro-chipped, and registered on the New Zealand Companion Animal Register.
  • Council Registered
  • Treated for flea's and worms
  • 30 Days complimentary pet insurance* (T&C's apply)

Adoption criteria

 We love it when people chose to adopt a dog or puppy from us, whilst welcoming a new animal into your home is very exciting you must remember it's a lifetime commitment. Each animal has a very different and unique personality and nature, and all have had very different past experiences. Prior to advertising our animals for adoption their behaviours are carefully observed, we soon learn what they are like with other animals, children, and how they deal with different situations. All of our ads state the kind of lifestyle and home that is best suited to the animal. We ask that you please read the adoption profiles carefully prior to sending adoption interest.

Adoption fee for all dogs differs - under 8 years old is normally between $280.00 and $350.00, this will be stated in the individual adoption advert. For dogs aged 8 years old and older, the adoption fee will be stated in the adoption profile. The adoption fee goes towards some of the costs associated with desexing, vaccination, veterinary care etc. 

**PLEASE note that our adoption criteria is NOT negotiable. ALL dogs/puppies will receive the above treatment. Dogs/Puppies will NOT be rehomed to houses where they are not allowed indoors (including sleeping indoors at night), we do NOT rehome dogs/puppies to unfenced properties, or homes where they will be chained or tethered.

**To adopt a dog/puppy from New Lives Animal Rescue you must have a fully fenced and secure property to keep the dog/pup safely contained. The dog/pup must be allowed inside the house and be allowed to sleep inside overnight. A property check will be conducted prior to adoption.

We do not adopt our animals on a first in first serve policy. We adopt our animals to homes that are best matched for the specific needs/personality of the animal. New Lives Animal Rescue reserve the right to decline any adoption application. Please do not be offended if your application for an animal is unsuccessful. ​​ 

Register your adoption interest

Dogs & Puppies We are now only accepting adoption interest and enquiries via email - we ask that you carefully read the full adoption profile to ensure that you meet the criteria listed for the individual dog/puppy.

If you meet the initial criteria and are interested in adopting please email us and provide any information that is asked for in the ad.

Due to an extremely busy daily schedule we do not have the resources available to respond or process any applications that are not received by email.

If we need further details from you or if your application is not successful you will be notified by email. If your application is shortlisted we will contact you and discuss the next stage of the process.

Please note that it could take several days for us to respond to your adoption application.

Foster a dog or puppy

Not quite ready to adopt? we are always searching for foster families to join our team! Find out more.

Dogs & Puppies available for adoption

Name: Boston
Breed: Crossbreed
Age: 12-24 months old (approx.)
Location: Hamilton Area
Adoption Fee: $300

Boston is currently living his best life in his amazing foster home, he has his own bed, his favourite toys and snacks, lives close to a park, gets heaps of cuddles and love from his foster mum and even gets to go on a road trip each day to go and play with his awesome buddies at Hamilton Hounds Doggy Day Care, (who very generously sponsor our foster dogs whilst they search for new families!) life’s pretty good and whilst we all love him, we want to see this fab boy find his very own forever family.

An unclaimed stray at a pound, we don’t have any history on Boston, we estimate him somewhere between 12-24 months old, as for breed; possibly a Kelpie/Heeler/Staffy mix (but we can’t be sure!) Regardless of his breed he sure is one cruisy, affectionate and fun-loving guy, and he’s going to make a loyal companion to one very lucky family!

Energetic and playful, he loves other dogs, playing with his toys and a good hoon (and roll) around the park. He’s great with people, and adores to accompany his humans on their daily adventures. He isn’t suited to a lifestyle where he will be left alone all day (he thinks that sounds boring!!) Boston isn’t a fan of cats, he can become fixated on them and will chase if given the opportunity, so he requests a home without the presence of the feline gods please!

His foster mum has put an amazing amount of time into this boy and he reflects this in his respectful and loving behaviour, he listens well and is eager to please.

He’s desexed, fully vaccinated, microchipped, council and NZCAR registered, up-to-date with flea/worm treatments and is even adopted with 30 days free pet insurance! He is $300 to adopt (which helps go towards some of his vet costs) He is currently located in Hamilton.

Does Boston sound like the dog of your dreams? He wants to hear from you! 

We’re super busy and have limited resources so adoption applications are strictly via email only in the first instance.

Please email the team at  we ask that you please provide us with the following info: Own or rent your property? (landlord consent will be required), Fencing details (is your property fully fenced? Height and fencing material), How many people live in your home & ages of any children in your family, Any other animals you own, How many hours you are away from the home each day, Where Boston will be left when alone during the day and where will he be allowed to sleep at night.

Please allow us several days to respond. All applicants who email with the above info will be responded to. We are not able to respond to applications received via Facebook, text or phone. Thanks :)


Expressions of interest wanted on Darling Dotti

We are wanting to find a awesome home for our dear Dotti. She is still feeding her pups at the moment so wont be ready for a good few weeks but if we can start the process now then she wont have as long to wait.

We know nothing about her including what her breeding is, however we think Bull Terrier x Heeler/Kelpie & maybe even abit of something else. Her age is also unknown but we are estimately 2-4 years old. 

She has met 4 other dogs in her foster home and is fine with them. She shows an interest in cats however listens to a stern no. Dotti will need work on this if going to a home with exisiting cats. She isnt showing any interest in horses & goats through a fence. 

Dotti is super snuggly & loves human contact. She will make a loyal companion to a lucky person/family. She is aware of her human and listens to commands although she will need to be taught the basics sit, down etc. 

Dotti will be desexed prior to going to her new home. She will be vaccinated, microchipped which will be registered on the NZ companion animal register, council registered, up to date with flea & worm trearments & 30days free pet insurance. Adoption cost is $250.00.

You will have good fencing to keep Dotti contained & she will be allowed to be indoors with her humans at night. Usual process of property inspection prior to any adoption. 

Located in Ohaupo/Cambridge 

Phone (no texts) to discuss Dotti & the home you are offering. Donna 027 649 9088.


Adopt Marley

We are taking expressions of interest on our Beautiful soul Marley. (4yr old Lab).

Marley is recovering well from his cruciate surgery and is on a combination of crate rest and lead excercise. We expect him to make a full recovery. His pressure sores are reducing well. He has some mild arthritis in his front legs, however at this stage vet seems happy for his owners to monitor. All vet records will be made available prior to any adoption. 

The home we are looking for is going to need to be just ideal for him. We want this boy to never have to go through what he has. He doesn't like being on his own and is a loving loyal companion. He loves the car and we have often had trouble getting him out. 

Animal social and easy going. He must be allowed inside the home especially to sleep at night. 

There is no adoption fee as such but a donation to New Lives. 

We will discuss with possible applicants when Marley will be available to go to his new home.

Located in Cambridge.

Please phone 027 649 9088, we will not take applications via PM or text. Leave message if no answer and someone will get back to you within 24hrs.

Community rehome: 

Pepper is 2 years old & has been a family pet since she was 8 weeks old, but she sadly needs a new home. This is not an easy decision for the family so please be respectful, no negative comments. 

Pepper currently lives on a lifestyle block but her owners are now both working full time & Pepper doesnt cope with being on her own for the long hours. Its not fair her being locked up in a kennel & run for long hours and she gets bored and goes wandering.

Pepper needs to be somewhere that she can run and burn off all of her excess energy and use her brain, then shes happy. A farm/lifestyle property would be perfect. 

Her heritage is unknown as she was picked up as a stray, but we think she looks like a Huntaway x but we really have no idea. She weights around 23kg. 

Pepper has a lovely loyal nature, is super intelligent, and is VERY eager to please. She has basic training, (eg. come, sit, wait, off you go, and knows to sit on her mat when inside) and would easily learn new commands quickly.

She is excellent with children (lives with 2 older kids), she isnt great around very young children under 6years as she can be abit mouthy.

Pepper can be abit over excited with other dogs, she just wants to be friends with them all, but can try and herd them which can cause issues. She has not lived with cats before but is good with sheep, goats and chooks. 

Ideally a farm or lifestyle property would suit Pepper, you will need an area to contain her in when no one is home. A property inspection will be carried out prior to adoption. 

Pepper is desexed, fully vaccinated, council registered, microchipped which is registered on the NZ Companional Animal Register and is up to date with flea and worm treatments. A small donation to New Lives Rescue is asked.

Pepper is located in Cambridge area.

In the first instance please phone Donna 027 649 9088 to discuss Pepper and the home you may be offering.

Pups for Adoption:

All ready and on the search for an amazing forever home and waiting for you to choose their name.

We dont want these two pups to be in foster care for weeks or months so please if you are looking for a new addition to your family read on.

Left in a barrel, in a Hamilton park, these pups are lucky they were found and ended up in the care of Animal Control. These two girls are the only two left out of the litter and came into our care this week.

We have no idea the breed of these pups and Animal control has put them as Terrier X. We believe they will be medium to large breed dogs. They are not Fox Terrier and will not be a small breed dog.

Dogs are a big committment so please think carefully and discuss with the whole family prior to phoning.

They are friendly, socialable & confident and will make a valuable addition to you family.

These two girls are only 9 weeks old so are still alittle too young to be on their own for long periods of time, so ideally you would have another dog to keep them company. They will require lots of time, training and love. You will need to allow pups to sleep inside and be part of the family.

Pups will be fully vaccinated, desexed prior to going to new home, council registered, microchipped which we will register on the NZ Companion Animal Register up to date with flea & worm treatments and 30days free pet insurance. Adoption fee is $250.00.

We will need to check your fencing prior to finialising any adoption. We do not send dogs sight unseen. Pups are located in Karapiro.

Phone Donna 027 649 9088 to discuss (no texts).

Please note we do not process adoptions via text. 
Adoption process is as follows:-
1. Phone to discuss. 
2. If suitable, arrange meet & greet with puppy. 
3. Property inspection. 
4. If all approved you are now the proud owner of a puppy.