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.

Adopt a dog from the animal shelter

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 for shelter

  • Monday to Friday 1pm to 5pm.
  • Monday to Friday 5pm to 5.30pm by appointment only.
  • Saturdays from 9am to 1pm to collect dogs by appointment only. 
  • Closed Sundays and public holidays.

Opening hours for adopting a dog

  • Monday to Friday 1pm to 5pm.
  • Closed for adopting dogs on Saturday, 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).

Microchip your dog

Find out more about our free microchipping service for dogs registered and living in the Christchurch City Council area.

Looking after your dog

For information on dog health and welfare visit link).