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


Stitch

Crossbreed

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Lilo
Crossbreed

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Mila
Crossbreed

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Luna

Crossbreed

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Bayley

Crossbreed

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Stella

Crossbreed

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Jess
Crossbreed

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Howie

German Shepherd x Collie

ADOPTED

Name: Luna
Breed: Crossbreed 
Sex: Female
Size: medium-large sized dog once fully grown.
Age: 9-10 weeks
Location: Waikato Area
Adoption fee: $295
Adoption application: Strictly email application only

Luna and her 3 siblings that are in our care were originally part of a litter of 12, We were contacted to assist as their Mum was unwell and the vet suggested taking a few pups off mum. So these cuties were bottle feed and given all the TLC they could ask for in our awesome foster homes.

We have been told mum is a Greyhound Staffy x, dad unknown. Pups are a real crossbreed and we believe they will be med to large sized once fully matured.

Luna is a cheeky and affectionate girl! She loves to explore her foster home, explore the garden when it's sunny and loves to play with her siblings (especially a good old game tug!) After playtime, Luna loves to snuggle up and have a well deserved nap, to charge those batteries for round two!

She has been well socialised in her foster home with other dogs, cats and people, and is now ready to find her forever home where she will be loved every day, taken on awesome adventures, and owners who can continue with her puppy training and socialisation! (there's heaps to learn when you're a little puppy in a big world!)

There is an adoption fee of $295, this includes:

• De-sexing (compulsory – we don’t allow any animals to be re-homed until they have been de-sexed)
• Council Registration
• Micro-chipping
• New Zealand Companion Animal Registered (NZCAR)
• Has had at least first vaccinations, new owners are responsible for completing rest of vaccination course.
• Up-to-date with flea & worm treatment
• Adopted with 30 days* complimentary pet insurance (T&Cs apply)

New owners must be prepared, wiling and committed to investing the time, energy and cost into ongoing training, socialisation, food bills and any veterinary treatment that are all part of the parcel when owning a puppy/dog (can you commit to this fir the next 13+ years? Is everyone in your family on-board with the decision to welcome a dog into the home)

Adoption enquiries are strictly by email only in the first instance, please email newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz and tell us all about how amazing you and your home is for a puppy, please also 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 at night 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 prior to adopting.

We are extremely busy with incoming animals and urgent rescues, it may take several days for us to respond to your email application, we please ask for your patience and we will respond to your application as soon as we can. Please be aware that we have limited resources and therefore we will not process any applications received via text, phone-call or Facebook. Strictly email only. 



Name: Stitch
Breed: Crossbreed 
Sex: Male
Size: Medium-large sized dog once fully grown.
Age: 9-10 weeks
Location: Waikato Area
Adoption fee: $295
Adoption application: Strictly email application only

Stitch is searching for his new family with his three sisters. Originally part of a litter of 12, we were contacted to assist as their Mum was unwell and the vet suggested taking a few pups off mum. So these cuties were bottle feed and given all the TLC they could ask for in our awesome foster homes.

We have been told mum is a Greyhound Staffy x, dad unknown. Pups are a real crossbreed and we believe they will be med to large sized once fully matured.

Stitch is an adorable and charming boy with a gentle and sometime cheeky nature! A typical puppy Stitch spends his days exploring the big wide world around him, tumbling around and jumping on his equally as mischievous sisters or playing with his collection of toys (it's a hard life been this young... and cute!)

Eating food and tasting anything that comes his way is also a keen hobby of Stitch's, and of course nap time!

Stitch has been extremely well socialised in his foster home, with other animals and meeting heaps of fun and caring humans! So we are now looking for Stitch's very own forever humans who will love him just as much as we do and more!

There is an adoption fee of $295, this includes:

• De-sexing (compulsory – we don’t allow any animals to be re-homed until they have been de-sexed)
• Council Registration
• Micro-chipping
• New Zealand Companion Animal Registered (NZCAR)
• Has had at least first vaccinations, new owners are responsible for completing rest of vaccination course.
• Up-to-date with flea & worm treatment
• Adopted with 30 days* complimentary pet insurance (T&Cs apply)

New owners must be prepared, wiling and committed to investing the time, energy and cost into ongoing training, socialisation, food bills and any veterinary treatment that are all part of the parcel when owning a puppy/dog (can you commit to this fir the next 13+ years? Is everyone in your family on-board with the decision to welcome a dog into the home)

Adoption enquiries are strictly by email only in the first instance, please email newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz and tell us all about how amazing you and your home is for a puppy, please also 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 at night 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 prior to adopting.

We are extremely busy with incoming animals and urgent rescues, it may take several days for us to respond to your email application, we please ask for your patience and we will respond to your application as soon as we can. Please be aware that we have limited resources and therefore we will not process any applications received via text, phone-call or Facebook. Strictly email only.



Name: Lilo
Breed: Crossbreed 
Sex: Female
Size: medium-large sized dog once fully grown.
Age: 9-10 weeks
Location: Waikato Area
Adoption fee: $295
Adoption application: Strictly email application only

Lilo and her 3 siblings that are in our care were originally part of a litter of 12, we were contacted to assist as their Mum was unwell and the vet suggested taking a few pups off mum. So these cuties were bottle feed and given all the TLC they could ask for in our awesome foster homes.

We have been told mum is a Greyhound Staffy x, dad unknown. Pups are a real crossbreed and we believe they will be med to large sized once fully matured.

Lilo is confident and has heaps of sass! She's a pretty little girl who knows what she wants and will do her best to get it! She loves rolling, running and jumping around with her siblings. When she's had enough of hooning around with her siblings, she'll happily explore her surroundings and after that is checked off, the next thing on her to-do list is toy time!

After some of that puppy energy has been burned off, it's time for a cuddle and a quick puppy siesta, followed closely by snack time!

She has been well socialised in her foster home with other dogs, cats and people, and is now ready to find her forever home where she will be loved every day, taken on awesome adventures, and owners who can continue with her puppy training and socialisation! (there's heaps to learn when you're a little puppy in a big world!)

There is an adoption fee of $295, this includes:

• De-sexing (compulsory – we don’t allow any animals to be re-homed until they have been de-sexed)
• Council Registration
• Micro-chipping
• New Zealand Companion Animal Registered (NZCAR)
• Has had at least first vaccinations, new owners are responsible for completing rest of vaccination course.
• Up-to-date with flea & worm treatment
• Adopted with 30 days* complimentary pet insurance (T&Cs apply)

New owners must be prepared, wiling and committed to investing the time, energy and cost into ongoing training, socialisation, food bills and any veterinary treatment that are all part of the parcel when owning a puppy/dog (can you commit to this fir the next 13+ years? Is everyone in your family on-board with the decision to welcome a dog into the home)

Adoption enquiries are strictly by email only in the first instance, please email newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz and tell us all about how amazing you and your home is for a puppy, please also 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 at night 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 prior to adopting.

We are extremely busy with incoming animals and urgent rescues, it may take several days for us to respond to your email application, we please ask for your patience and we will respond to your application as soon as we can.

Please be aware that we have limited resources and therefore we will not process any applications received via text, phone-call or Facebook. Strictly email only.



Name: Mila
Breed: Crossbreed 
Sex: Female
Size: medium-large sized dog once fully grown.
Age: 9-10 weeks
Location: Waikato Area
Adoption fee: $295
Adoption application: Strictly email application only

Mila and her 3 siblings that are in our care were originally part of a litter of 12, We were contacted to assist as their Mum was unwell and the vet suggested taking a few pups off mum. So these cuties were bottle feed and given all the TLC they could ask for in our awesome foster homes.

We have been told mum is a Greyhound Staffy x, dad unknown. Pups are a real crossbreed and we believe they will be med to large sized once fully matured.

Mila is a stunning puppy with the most beautiful markings and eyes! She's full of personality and has a wonderful nature.

Mila is a happy, healthy and playful young girl and she loves cuddles! A social butterfly Mila is well socialised to other animals and adores meeting new humans, she's playful and inquisitive.

Playing with her siblings, choosing which toy to play with next, exploring her surroundings, napping, snacking and cuddling are all part of Mila's daily hobbies, and she's now ready to find her own forever family who will adore her just as much as we do!

There is an adoption fee of $295, this includes:

• De-sexing (compulsory – we don’t allow any animals to be re-homed until they have been de-sexed)
• Council Registration
• Micro-chipping
• New Zealand Companion Animal Registered (NZCAR)
• Has had at least first vaccinations, new owners are responsible for completing rest of vaccination course.
• Up-to-date with flea & worm treatment
• Adopted with 30 days* complimentary pet insurance (T&Cs apply)

New owners must be prepared, wiling and committed to investing the time, energy and cost into ongoing training, socialisation, food bills and any veterinary treatment that are all part of the parcel when owning a puppy/dog (can you commit to this fir the next 13+ years? Is everyone in your family on-board with the decision to welcome a dog into the home)

Adoption enquiries are strictly by email only in the first instance, please email newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz and tell us all about how amazing you and your home is for a puppy, please also 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 at night 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 prior to adopting.

We are extremely busy with incoming animals and urgent rescues, it may take several days for us to respond to your email application, we please ask for your patience and we will respond to your application as soon as we can. 

Please be aware that we have limited resources and therefore we will not process any applications received via text, phone-call or Facebook. Strictly email only. Thank you for your understanding.




Name: Bayley
Breed: Crossbreed
Sex: Female
Age: 7-8 months old
Location: Hamilton

Adoption fee: $295


Bayley is looking for her forever home again after finding herself at the pound when the people who adopted her couldn’t keep her. Circumstances were such that they were unable to spend a lot of time with Bayley and she was escaping the property.

When we picked Bayley up from the pound, we were expecting a untrainable pup, but her foster home has nothing but good things to say about her. Bayley has a lovely nature and adores company and cuddles. She is great with other dogs and is fine with cats. She does need a lot of training, as she doesn’t seem to know the basics but is a super quick learner who just wants to please so she will need someone that will put the work into her and reap the benefits.

Bayley is currently staying in Whatawhata and is breed unknown. We do not know what breed she is , we have no idea what her mum or dad was. She is long and slender and tall. She is around 7-8 months old.

Bayley loves to go out and about, the beach is one of her favourites. She will happily run around the place with her dog friends and at night is crated and sleeps right through.

Bayley is desexed, fully vaccinated, microchipped which is registered on the NZ Companion Register and is up to date with flea and worm treatment, Bayley also comes with 30days free pet insurance. She is $295.00 to adopt.

Please email us telling us about yourselves, number of people in your home, including ages of children, other pets, type and height of your fence. We would like to know how long Bayley will be alone for and where she will sleep at night and what city you live in. 


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

Property checks will be conducted prior to adopting.

We are extremely busy with incoming animals and urgent rescues, it may take several days for us to respond to your email application, we please ask for your patience and we will respond to your application as soon as we can. 

Please be aware that we have limited resources and therefore we will not process any applications received via text, phone-call or Facebook. Strictly email only. 


Name: Stella
Breed: Crossbreed 
Age: 9-10weeks
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


Name: Jess
Breed: Crossbreed
Age: 9-10 weeks old (approx)
Sex: Female
Size: Med-Large
Hamilton Location

Adoption fee: $295

Please note mum looks to be a staffy x type and we have heard that dad had some boxer and mastiff in him, however we can not be 100% sure of the breed.

My Foster parents gave me this name after Jess from Footroot Flats movie. I am a very sweet little girl. I love nothing more than to cuddle up on the couch with someone.  

My foster mum is tempted to keep me as I’m such a little sweetie, but I need a home that can give me their time.
I may not get it first time, but I am so keen to learn and eager to please. I am ready to accept and follow instructions. I can sit on command. I am treat orientated which makes my training easier.  

I think I am abit clever as 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.  

I am used to house noise and being around children but can 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 very brave. 

So do you think you can offer me a super home?
If so can you please email newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz and tell them the following so I can have my very own home for Christmas (I hear that its very soon).

Jess 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