Keep a Kuri
We're always on the lookout for new permanent, loving homes for the dogs that come into Council's care.
These dogs, for one reason or another, are unable to be reunited with their previous owner, but would make great, loving pets.
All of our dogs for adoption have undergone a behavioural and temperament assessment by our experienced Animal Management Officers are microchipped.
Any dogs in our programme for adoption are listed on our South Taranaki District Council and Dogs of South Taranaki Facebook pages. We take every adoption very seriously, so make sure you read the 'Before you adopt' information at the bottom of the page.
- South Taranaki District Council facebook page
- Dogs of South Taranaki Facebook page
- And on the Dogs of South Taranaki Instagram page (@dogsofsouthtaranaki)
Prospective owners are encouraged to email us and give their details and the type of pet (dog, pig, goat etc) they would like to own. Each time an animal comes into the pound, the list is checked and prospective owners are called. Putting your name on the list does not mean you have an obligation to house the animal – it’s jus a registration of interest.
Before you adopt
Did you know that the average lifespan of a dog is approximately 12 years? Being a dog owner is a big responsibility. It requires a huge time investment and can be expensive. You need to consider whether you are willing and able to make such a big commitment.
We are looking for families who can give these dogs a loving, forever home. So before applying to adopt one of our dogs, please consider the questions below.
If after considering these questions you are still interested in adopting a dog – that’s great news! Check out the dogs available, and then contact one of our friendly Animal Management Team on (06) 278 0555 or tollfree on 0800 111 323.
Can you afford a dog?
Dogs can be costly. They require adequate shelter, regular nourishment, health treatments, vaccinations and yearly dog registration. These costs can soon add up. If you want to know more about how to care for a dog, one of our friendly Animal Services Officers can provide you with more information.
Do you know how to care for a dog?
Dogs require a lot of love and care. If you want to know more about how to care for a dog, one of our friendly Animal Services Officers can provide you with more information.
Do you have the time?
Dogs require daily exercise, plenty of attention, and regular grooming, obedience training and play.
Is your home suitable for a dog?
If you are currently renting you will need to gain permission from your landlord before adopting a dog. In addition, your property should ideally be fenced and you should ensure your dog is provided with enough space both inside and outside of the house.
Will a dog fit into your lifestyle?
How will your new dog fit in with your working hours, social life and other commitments? Will you have the time to provide your dog with daily walks and regular training, not to mention being home enough to keep your dog company? You should also consider who will care for the dog when you go away on holiday.