The Council’s animal shelter provides proper and sufficient food, water and adequate shelter for found dogs and stock during their stay.

The dog shelter is not a place for dogs – they belong at home with their families. 

To ensure your family dog is not impounded, it is essential your dog is:

  • currently registered and micro-chipped with the Council to assist the dog’s swift return home
  • securely contained on your property to prevent the dog from wandering the streets
  • kept under effective control at all times when being exercised
  • immediately reported to animal management if lost

Visiting the animal shelter

If visiting the animal shelter you may see a dog that you like to adopt, you must be prepared to commit to the health, welfare and care of the dog. You can discuss adopting a dog with shelter staff.

When adopting a dog you need to bring a form of identification, such as your driver's licence, passport, utility bill or birth certificate.

To adopt a dog from the Council's animal shelter, you must be over 16 years of age.


10 Metro Place, Bromley, Christchurch.

Contact us

Contact us 24/7 by calling 03 941 8999 or by completing our online form.

Opening hours

If you think your dog may have been picked up, please contact the shelter on 03 941 7048

Day Hours
Monday to Friday 1pm to 5.30pm

Temporarily by appointment only

Ph: (03) 941-7048

Sunday and public holidays Closed

Animal shelter fees

Fees associated with the dog's impound, seizure and daily sustenance must be paid prior to the dog's release from the dog shelter.