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

Mastiff x German Shepherd


Only Max is available, Missy has now been adopted 

Max (black) 3-4 month old,  is a sociable, cuddly pup who love meeting new people and scoring belly rubs and treats! They are good with other dogs, cats, children and are young enough to teach them their perfect manners around other animals you may have. Inquisitive and intelligent, these puppies have heaps of potential, they will make fabulous family additions to the right homes.

Mum is a German Shepherd, we have been told that dad is a mastiff, the black pup (Max) looks like he may have some Sharpei in him, the sable coloured is Missy. We have not sighted the father and pups can easily change in appearance when older. We believe they will be large breed dogs, possibly Labrador/German Shepherd size, however this is guess work and we are unable to be 100% sure.

Typical playful puppies they are full of life, energy and curiosity. They are searching for committed new families who can offer them safe and secure forever homes (the next 13+ years). You must be prepared to invest both the time and energy into puppy training and ongoing socilaisation. They are too young to be left at home alone for long periods of time, a home with another dog for company would be a bonus!

Prior to adoption both puppies will be de-sexed, vaccinated* (new owners may need to complete course of vaccinations), council registered, microchipped with NZCAR registration and up to date with flea and worm treatments. There is an adoption fee of $250 each.

If you think Missy or Max could be the perfect fit for your family, then please give us a call on 027-649-9088 to have a chat about the lifestyle that you could offer (please don’t text).

Both puppies are currently in foster care in Cambridge. Viewings are by appointment only and only if we believe you could be a suitable match for Missy or Max.

You must have a fully fenced property, and he/she must be allowed inside the house (including at night). Thanks.