Adopt a dog
There are nearly 8,500 registered dogs in the Waipā district so, even if you are not a dog owner yourself, you're likely to encounter dogs in our community .
You can phone us any time on 0800 WAIPA DC (0800 924 723) to access our 24-hour, district-wide service for all dog and stock control calls.
For non-urgent matters you can also contact our customer support staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your job as a dog owner
Here are a few of your responsibilities under the Dog Control Act 1996:
- Register your dog with us
- Micro-chip your dog within two months of registering it
- Keep your dog under control at all times, when you’re out and about or at home
- Give your dog lots of love and attention. That means food, water and shelter, plus vet treatment, flea and worm treatments and of course time with you!
- Take your dog for lots of walks
- Make sure your dog doesn’t cause a nuisance like barking or howling
- Make sure your dog doesn’t hurt people, animals or property
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All dogs (except stock-herding farm dogs) in New Zealand registered for the first time must be microchipped within two months of their registration date. Microchips last for life and links your dog to you as its owner - if your dog is lost or stolen, you’ll have a much higher chance of being reunited.
Most vets provide microchipping services, and our pounds hold microchipping sessions once a week. Animal control staff can also scan your dog and provide a certificate for an existing chip. For more information about council-run microchipping, contact our customer support team on 0800 924 723.
Once your dog is microchipped, you must provide Council with a copy of the microchip certificate by post, email or by dropping in.
Applying to adopt a dog
We manage pounds in Cambridge and Kihikihi but are not an animal rescue shelter. Most impounded dogs in Waipā are claimed, but sadly there are a few each year who are abandoned by their owners.
We work hard to match forever homes with abandoned dogs, working with a local charity called Pound Hounds Rescue Facebook page. Dogs available for adoption from our pounds can be viewed at www.poundhoundsrescue.co.nz.
We try our best to match a dog's personality and behaviour with an owner who has the lifestyle to match. Let us know what you are looking for and we will see if we can find a dog to suit you!
Cost of dog adoption
Council offers free registration for any dog adopted from a Waipā pound, until the expiry of the registration year (30 June annually) in which adoption takes place. If your new pet was not microchipped by a previous owner, you will have to pay the microchipping fee.
If a dog has not already been vaccinated and/or desexed, you're also required to pay these costs directly to the vet clinic (at a discounted rate).
In most cases dogs will only be rehomed to owners with a fully fenced dog proof property.
At the time of adoption you will be asked to complete an agreement form which outlines the responsibilities of the new owner and Council following adoption.
- Council offers free registration for dogs adopted from a Waipā pound, until the expiry of the registration year. If your new pet was not microchipped by a previous owner, you will have to pay the microchipping fee
- If a dog has not already been vaccinated and/or desexed, you're also required to pay these costs directly to the vet clinic (at a discounted rate)
- In most cases dogs will only be rehomed to owners with a fully fenced dog proof property
- You’ll be asked to complete an agreement form which outlines your responsibilities at the time of adoption