Adopting a dog is a life-changing decision for you and for the dog. This decision should not be taken lightly. We'd like to match every dog with the most suitable family or owner.

If you see a dog that you'd like to adopt, you can discuss this with the shelter team.

You will need to bring your personal identification, such as your driver's licence, passport, utility bill or birth certificate to prove you are over 16 years of age.


10 Metro Place, Bromley, Christchurch.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 1pm to 5.30pm.
  • No adoptions can be done on Saturdays.
  • Closed Sunday and public holidays.

Contact us

The Animal Shelter can be contacted on 03  941 7048 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or you can contact us 24/7 on 03 941 8999 or online(external link).

This free service is only for dogs that reside and are currently registered in the Christchurch City Council area. 

No appointment is necessary.  Just visit the Christchurch City Animal Shelter (10 Metro Place, Bromley) on a Wednesday between 11am to 12noon.

We strongly discourage owners from bringing any unvaccinated dog to the Animal Shelter for microchipping. It is very risky to bring dogs to the shelter that have not been vaccinated against parvo virus.

If you have your dog microchipped at a vet, remember to let us know the microchip number. 

If you have any questions about the microchipping process please feel free to contact us on 03 941 8999.

Dogs that do not need to be microchipped:

  • Farm working dogs are exempt from the requirement to be microchipped, however, owners may still choose to have this done.
  • Other types of working dogs, such as Police or Aviation dogs, or other rural working dogs, must still be microchipped.

The requirement to microchip is under S36A of the Dog Control Act 1996(external link). Your Council or veterinarian can give you more information about microchipping. 

It is an offence not to comply with the requirement to have a dog microchipped, and an infringement offence notice fee may be issued to owners who don’t comply.

For information on dog health and welfare visit link).