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




Super Sweet Tessa for Adoption!

Meet Tessa (12months approx) shes been in a foster home getting used to city living and is all ready to find a home all of her own. Her foster parents were so tempted to hang on to her but 2 big dogs are not what they want and it means they can keep fostering. 


Tessa can be a little timid at first but so loving once she gets to know you. She has come a very long way from when she first came into our care, as she was no good as a working dog, we were told she is a Huntaway x Heading dog but as we know with rescues & crossbreeds you never really know. 


Tessa is good with cats, and other dogs, she has been around children and is good with them. She is good on the lead and knows basic commands with good re call. Her exercise level is medium and she is happy to sleep and chill all day but also happy to be out and exercising.


Our foster parents say that she is very easy and only barks when she gets super excited. 


Tessa will be desexed prior to going to her new home, she is fully vaccinated, microchipped & is registrated with NZ Companion Animal Register. Tessa is council registered and up to date with flea and worm treatments. Tessa comes with 30days free pet insurance (conditions apply). Adoption fee to help with some of these costs are $250.00. 


Tessa is located in Matangi/Hamilton area. 


To meet Tessa you need to phone Donna on 027 649 9088 (no pms, texts, emails). We can chat about your situation and if Tessa would be a good fit for you and your family. 



Follow this link to see more photos of Tessa: https://www.trademe.co.nz/pets-animals/dogs/dogs-to-adopt/auction-1819146515.htm?rsqid=883e1866205e4a25866f173af59f34a1

Cooper the stunning Beardie X


- Beardie x  
- Male 
- 3 years old (approx) 
- XL-Large breed 

Cooper is a Beardie x (we think), we know his mum is a Shepherd x and she looks like a Shepherd. Cooper is 3 years old and is one big fella, as in xtra large, long & tall). 

Cooper is a really friendly giant! He's always up for cuddles and loves to play with other dogs, he's still a pup at heart and really wants to please. 

Cooper is great with kids, however can be abit over-powering so we think kids 8plus would be best or very dog savy children. He is ok with cats, unknown re stock/horses, however I feel he would be good with training. 

Cooper has a good recall, he is good to walk on the lead, he is well trained and loves doing tricks for treats. He is a really good boy and is a hit with all that meet him. 

Cooper is pretty laid back at home but we think he would be best with another dog to play with and for company while his new parents are away at work. 

Cooper sleeps inside and must be allowed to at his new home. You will required good solid 6foot fencing to keep Cooper contained. If a farm home then a large suitable fenced area will be required for him to keep him safe and out of trouble when you are not at home. 

The kind folks at Doggy Day Spa Cambridge clipped Cooper for us, so he doesn't get super hot over summer. 

Cooper is desexed, fully vaccinated, microchipped which is registered on the NZCAR register, is council registered and up to date with flea and worm treatments. He comes with 30days free pet insurance. Coopers adoption fee is $250.00. 

If you are interested in Cooper please PHONE 027 649 9088 to discuss the home you are offering and any questions you may have. No PMs/Texts/emails.


Jaffa the Chihuahua


- Chihuahua 
- Male
- 4 yrs
- Long coat
- Hamilton location

- Email enquies only to newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz


Jaffa came into our care due to the illness of his elderly owner. 


He can be shy when first meeting new people and he loves other dogs so another dog for play time and company would be fab.


Jaffa is happy to be left at home while his foster family works as he has other dogs for company, he will not be rehomed if he stays at home all day on his own. He is ok with the cats in his foster home. 


Jaffa is not really fond of young children he is more of an adults dog. Jaffa requires good fencing to keep in safe. 


Jaffa has been desexed, is fully vaccinated, microchipped which is registrated on the NZ Companion Animal Register, up to date with flea and worm treatments and comes with 30days free pet insurance (conditions apply). Jaffa does have luxating patellas which we will discuss with the potential new owners. Adoption fee $350.00. 


Please email newlivesrescue@xtra.co.nz (no phone calls or pms) with lots of information about your family and the home you are offering Jaffa. We will not send Jaffa anywhere without people meeting him. Please allow 2 days for a return email/phone call.