Adopting a dog is a life-altering decision for you as the new owner, and for the dog. This decision should not be taken lightly. The Council wants to successfully match shelter dogs suitable for adoption with the most suitable family.
Often shelter dogs have had a lot of disruption in their lives, so the Council wants to make the best decision for the dog's future.
It is a good idea to carefully consider your personal circumstances both now and into the future before taking on the responsibility of owning a dog.
Please note that not all dogs at the Council animal shelter are available for adoption.
Owning more than one dog
If you are already a dog owner and are increasing the number of dogs on your property, you will require a 'more than two dog licence' in accordance with the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Bylaw 2016.