Auckland Council’s three animal shelters are at capacity, with many dogs available for rehoming.
Adoptions have slowed in recent months as dogs surrendered to the shelters or lost dogs unclaimed wait longer than normal to be adopted.
Animal management manager Elly Waitoa says there are 38 dogs immediately available for rehoming and about 25 more becoming available soon.
“We have seen an increase in the number of people looking to give up their pets, as well as an increase in the stray population,” Waitoa says.
“We’re looking for responsible owners to help with the crisis and urge anyone looking to welcome a new pooch into their whānau to consider the many discarded dogs awaiting their forever homes at our shelters and the many rescue groups across Tāmaki Makaurau.”
Waitoa says surrender numbers are up as people return to their workplaces, landlords clamp down on dogs at their properties and litters of puppies are born, both inside and outside of the shelters due to reduced veterinary capacity for desexing during Covid-19 lockdown last year.
Council works with several dog rescue organisations in the region, which are also experiencing record numbers of dogs waiting for new forever homes.
While juveniles are more likely to be selected for rehoming, people seem more averse to taking on older dogs.
“All dogs available for rehoming have been temperament tested and desexed. And it’s not just the dogs who undergo screening. Potential new owners are also put through their paces and are required to meet specific criteria – no significant dog-related incidents on record with Council and a fenced section are just two of the criteria.”
The adoption fee of $350 covers registration, microchipping, desexing, first vaccination, worming and flea treatment.
Adoption forms can be found on the Auckland Council Adoptable Animals page on Facebook and Instagram.