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 newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz - 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


Stella

Crossbreed

Read profile

Marley

Crossbreed

Read profile

Bayley

Crossbreed

Read profile

Sam

Crossbreed

Read profile

Delta & Trixie

Heeler X

Read profile


Name: Bayley
Breed: Crossbreed
Age: 9-10 months old (approx.)
Location: Hamilton Area
Adoption Fee: $295

Are you searching for a fun loving, playful and comical character to join your family? Well, take a look a Bayley! This beautiful young girl just loves to have fun and has a love for life and adventures!

Bayley was originally adopted from us in July 2017, unfortunately her new family soon discovered they couldn’t offer a growing puppy the time and attention she deserved and as a result a bored Bayley was finding ways to escape her property and find her own adventures (which usually ended up with a trip back to puppy prison aka the pound). Therefore, it was decided it was in Bayley’s best interests that she came back into our care so we can find her a new family.

Bayley is an amazing girl, she is full of character and has an ultra-playful personality. Her hardest decision each day is to decide which one of her toys to play with; will it be the ball? Tug of war? Or throwing her teddies around? As the summer sun warms up the days, Bayley cannot resist a dip in her paddling pool or splashing under the hosepipe! She’s a water baby, and dreams of the day when she can share beach adventures with her forever family!

Bayley is great with other dogs, large and small and we think she’d love a home where there is another dog to play and share company with! She currently lives with cats, and adores meeting new people (especially if they’ll join in a game of fetch!)

Whilst her foster family are busy at work, Bayley attends doggy day care, where she has a blast playing, making friends and learning some cool doggy skills to impress her humans with! (huge thanks to Hamilton Hounds for sponsoring Bayley!)

Bayley is an active and energetic girl; she isn’t suited to a lifestyle where she is left alone for long periods. She’s still only a pup and requires heaps of attention, love and exercise! She’s quick to learn and eager to please. After a good day of adventures and playtime Bayley loves to snuggle up to her humans in front of the TV and relax!

Once you meet Bayley, it won’t take long for you to fall in love with her! She’ll make an exceptional family member; loyal, fun-loving and simply adorable! Can you offer Bayley a home of her dreams? She wants to hear from you!

There is an adoption fee of $295 to adopt Bayley, she is:

• De-sexed
• Council Registered
• Micro-chipped
• New Zealand Companion Animal Registered (NZCAR) 
• Fully Vaccinated
• Up to date with flea & worm treatment 
• 30 days* pet insurance (T&Cs apply) 

We are unsure of what breeding Bayley is, she is a slim and slender girl – she has gorgeous eyes and an heart-warming

Adoption enquiries are strictly by email only in the first instance, please email: newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz 

In your email please include: 

1. Own or rent your property? (landlord consent will be required) 
2. Fencing details (is your property fully fenced? Height and fencing material) 
3. How many people live in your home and ages of any children in your family 
4. Any other animals you own 
5. How many hours you work for/ are away from the home each day 
6. Where the puppy will be left when he/she is alone during the day 
7. Where puppy will sleep 
8. Area/city that you live in 
9. Experience with dogs 
10. And any other information you think we may like to know 

Please note that we do not adopt on a first in first serve basis. Property checks will be conducted. We are extremely busy with kitten season and other animal emergencies, it may take several days for us to respond to your email.

**STRICTLY EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY**
We will NOT process any adoption applications/interest received via text, Facebook or phone.

Name: Stella
Breed: Crossbreed 
Age: 3-4 months old (approx)
Sex: Female
Size: Med/Large size
Hamilton location

Adoption fee: $295

My Foster parents gave me the name because I’m a “Stella” little girl. I’m a bundle of puppy energy and do everything at peddle to metal speed. I love playing with my litter sister. My favourite game is tug of war.

I would suit a home that can take me for daily walks and have time for training and playing. I am used to house noise and being around children. I do get a little over excited and tend to jump up on children, with training I am getting better at not doing this.

I’m not easily spooked. There have been lots of fireworks going off and I just ignore them, My foster mum says I’m a champ. I am a very cleaver girl and learnt how to sit in a matter of minutes, I am very treat orientated so it makes my training much easier. I have learnt to use a dog door and my foster parents are trying very hard to toilet train me, I am getting better but still have some accidents. I am crate trained and sleep in a crate at night.

Stella will be desexed prior to going to her new home, she has had her first parvo vaccination, new owner will need to complete this course of vaccinations at their own cost. She will be council registered and microchipped which is registered on the NZ Companion Register. She has been flea and worm treated and comes with 30days free pet insurance, she is $295.00 to adopt 

Adoption enquiries are strictly by email only in the first instance, please email newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz 
Please include: 

1. Own or rent your property? (landlord consent will be required) 
2. Fencing details (is your property fully fenced? Height and fencing material) 
3. How many people live in your home and ages of any children in your family 
4. Any other animals you own 
5. How many hours you work for/ are away from the home each day 
6. Where the puppy will be left when he/she is alone during the day 
7. Where puppy will sleep 
8. Area/city that you live in 
9. Experience with dogs 
10. And any other information you think we may like to know

**STRICTLY EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY**
We will NOT process any adoption applications/interest received via text, Facebook or phone.




Name: Sam 
Breed: Crossbreed 
Age: 10 weeks old (approx.)
Location: Hamilton Area
Adoption Fee: $295 each

We’re kicking off 2018 with some of the cutest furbabies in town! Meet the adorable Luke (green collar - has been adopted) and Sam (red collar- available for adoption), these two brothers are now ready to begin searching for their new families.

It’s hard to believe that these two cuties were left in a box and abandoned in a park at just 5 weeks of age; scared, cold, hungry and taken from their mother far too soon. That ordeal is a distant memory for the brothers now, as for the past few weeks they’ve been busy growing, sleeping, eating and playing in their awesome foster home.

At approx. 8 weeks of age, they are healthy, happy boys. We have no idea what breeding is in them (it could be a never ending guessing game!) We believe they’ll be medium-large sized dogs once fully grown.

Typical pups, they are mischievous, curious, playful and adventurous. They currently live with other dogs and cats. They love cuddles and meeting new human friends. Only babies they have a whole world of learning and exploring ahead of them. They are searching for new homes and humans that can commit to them for life (the next 13+ years)! Families who can put the time and energy into training, puppy school. On-going socialisation, exercise and love!

There is an adoption fee of $295 each to adopt these puppies (they do not have to be rehomed together!). Prior to going to their new families they will be:

• De-sexed
• Council Registered
• Micro-chipped
• New Zealand Companion Animal Registered (NZCAR)
• Vaccinated* (new owners to complete vaccination course)
• Up to date with flea & worm treatment
• 30 days* pet insurance (T&Cs apply)

Adoption enquiries are strictly by email only in the first instance, please email: newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz

In your email please include:

1. Own or rent your property? (landlord consent will be required) 
2. Fencing details (is your property fully fenced? Height and fencing material) 
3. How many people live in your home and ages of any children in your family 
4. Any other animals you own 
5. How many hours you work for/ are away from the home each day 
6. Where the puppy will be left when he/she is alone during the day 
7. Where puppy will sleep both now and once fully grown
8. Area/city that you live in 
9. Experience with dogs 
10. And any other information you think we may like to know

Please note that we do not adopt on a first in first serve basis. Property checks will be conducted.

We are extremely busy with kitten season and other animal emergencies, it may take several days for us to respond to your email. We will NOT process any adoption applications/interest received via text, Facebook or phone.

**Strictly Email only: newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz

Name: Delta & Trixie
Breed: Heeler X (Mum is a heeler, dad is a farm dog of unknown breeding)
Age: 8 weeks old (approx.)
Location: Cambridge Area
Adoption Fee: $295 each

They’re mischievous, they’re oh so cute and they’re so much fun! Meet sisters Delta and Trixie!

The result of an unplanned and unwanted litter, these two cuties came into our care when they were just one week old. Over the weeks they have been bottle-fed, weaned and have developed into healthy, happy and energetic little girls! We have been told that their mum is a heeler, their dad is a farm dog of unknown breeding, We expect these girls to grow into medium-large sized dogs, and they will require plenty of daily exercise and stimulation.

Both girls are very active, adventurous and confident. They’re determined, strong-willed and intelligent! They are great with other dogs, good with cats and enjoy meeting new people and kids – although don’t expect lap dogs who are going to give you cuddles all day long, as there’s far too many adventures and exploring to be had for these two inquisitive girls!

They love playing with their toys and each other, and we believe they will be best suited to a home where there is another dog for company.

We believe they will make fantastic family additions to an active home, who can offer them the daily exercise and mental stimulation they require. You will need to be committed to owning a dog for the next 13+ years, be prepared and willing to put the time and energy into ongoing training (Inc. house training), puppy school and socialisation etc.

There is an adoption fee of $295 each to adopt these puppies (they do not have to be rehomed together!). Prior to going to their new families they will be:

• De-sexed
• Council Registered
• Micro-chipped
• New Zealand Companion Animal Registered (NZCAR) 
• Vaccinated* (new owners to complete vaccination course)
• Up to date with flea & worm treatment 
• 30 days* pet insurance (T&Cs apply) 

Adoption enquiries are strictly by email only in the first instance, please email:

newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz 

In your email please include: 

1. Own or rent your property? (landlord consent will be required) 
2. Fencing details (is your property fully fenced? Height and fencing material) 
3. How many people live in your home and ages of any children in your family 
4. Any other animals you own 
5. How many hours you work for/ are away from the home each day 
6. Where the puppy will be left when he/she is alone during the day 
7. Where puppy will sleep both now and once fully grown
8. Area/city that you live in 
9. Experience with dogs 
10. And any other information you think we may like to know 

Please note that we do not adopt on a first in first serve basis. Property checks will be conducted. We are extremely busy with kitten season and other animal emergencies, it may take several days for us to respond to your email.

**STRICTLY EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY**
We will NOT process any adoption applications/interest received via text, Facebook or phone.

Name: Marley

Breed: Crossbreed (we didnt see his parents)
Age: 4-5 months (approx)
Male
Hamilton location

So this little pooch named Marley is an adorable wee soul. Given his rough start he has just come such a long way and he has so much love to give. He is a quick learner – learning to sit for food and for his treats – most of time time. He’s very playful – loves his rope toys but his favorite is his little stuffed elephant that he carries around and sleeps with – when he hasn’t misplaced it! 

Marley loves other dogs and has quickly become part of the pack in his foster family. He is still learning not to chase the cats – he just gets so excited and wants to play. He loves going for car rides.

Marley has learnt to sleep through the night –he has a crate to teach him and now he settles well when he is put to bed with his elephant and blankey. He loves morning snuggles on the bed with the big dogs.He can also use the dog door like the big dogs and thinks he’s a bag of chips and all that!

We think he will probably be a larger lean dog with some speed behind him! He’s agile on his feet for the most part apart. He’s a great eater – still has the really high food drive thing going on, Marley is putting on weight very well and is getting taller by the minute! He will be such a lovely boy and we would love to see him go with other dogs. 

Marley is fully vaccinated, will be desexed prior to being rehomed, is council registered, microchipped which is registered on the NZ Companion Animal Register and up to date with flea and worm treatments. Marley also comes with 30days free pet insurance. Marley is $295.00.

Adoption enquiries are strictly by email only in the first instance, please email: newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz 

In your email please include:
1. Own or rent your property? (landlord consent will be required) 
2. Fencing details (is your property fully fenced? Height and fencing material) 
3. How many people live in your home and ages of any children in your family 
4. Any other animals you own 
5. How many hours you work for/ are away from the home each day 
6. Where the puppy will be left when he/she is alone during the day 
7. Where puppy will sleep both now and once fully grown
8. Area/city that you live in 
9. Experience with dogs 
10. And any other information you think we may like to know 

Please note that we do not adopt on a first in first served basis.