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Dogs for adoption

If you would like to meet any of our dogs please email or phone. If you wish to adopt we will do a property inspection and then the dog will have a week's trial at your place. PLEASE NOTE: You need a fully fenced section to adopt a dog from us.

Each dog for adoption has been registered, microchipped and vaccinated and desexed (or will be desexed as soon as possible). We ask adoptive owners for a donation of $230 towards these costs.

Adoption dogs are supplied with a pack of goodies from Mighty Mix.

If you are after a particular type of dog please let us know and we can help to keep an eye out for something suitable. Purebred dogs are not common in the pound however.


Sweet Sylvie!

Sylvie is a gorgeous Greyhound x Staffy of a mature vintage. This means a lot of the herd work has been done for you! Sylvie is great off-lead, is house-trained, sleeps well over night and travels well in the car. Sylvie gets along well with cats and other dogs and will be socialised with chickens. Sylvie’s favourite thing is to play with tennis balls. She is a lovely, loyal and friendly girl who would make an ideal companion for someone who doesn’t wish to go through the puppy stage - and she is very pretty, of course!

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Meet Mello!

Some of you may remember Mello who was rescued and adopted through DRD a while back. Unfortunately, due to ill health, her owner is having to make the difficult decision to re-home Mello. A well-loved family member, Mello (or Mel) is a foxy/collie x, female, around 7-8 years old. She is a well-behaved and affectionate girl. Mello doesn’t show any escaping tendencies and won’t leave the yard unless instructed. Mello is an affectionate girl who would be ideal for someone who would prefer a more ‘mature’ companion.

NB: Mello is located in South Canterbury

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Adorable Annie!

Annie is a pretty collie x around a year old. She is of slim built and reaches 50 cm at the shoulder. Annie is an affectionate and loving girl with a quirky personality. A super-fast runner outside, she is quiet around the house. Annie is house-trained, knows to ‘sit’ and thrives on routine. She is good with cats and sleeps well all night on her own bed. Annie likes to meet and play with other dogs when out and about but would prefer to be an only dog at home. She can be a bit uncertain in unfamiliar surroundings and will require and understanding owner to build her confidence.

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Terrific Toby

Toby is possibly a Heeler/Collie x around 5 months old. We originally called him Arthur but he wasn’t responding to that and Toby seems to suit him better! Toby is a good-natured wee fellow who is great with kids and loves having other dogs around to play with. He travels well and seems to be toilet-trained. Originally inquisitive about cats, he has quickly learned his place and knows to give them their space. Toby is wary of horses, respectful of sheep and has settled in well with chickens and ducks. He has excellent recall and walks well on lead, if he does pull he is still easy to control.  When off-lead he regularly checks in.

Toby is still a puppy and will need ongoing training, however he is a good listener and a fast learner so this should be an easy process. Toby is learning not to jump up. He is very active when outside and likes to run and play but is quiet (for a puppy ) in the house.

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Lucky Lexi

Hi my name is Lexi and I am a wonderful 2 year old, Staffy X. I am just a small girl standing at only 40cm. I was absolutely ecstatic to get out of the pound, thanks to DRD. I am a people pleaser and already know sit, stay, wait and come. I love to go for runs and will happily leap into the car, where I travel nicely until we arrive at the destination. I need to work on my leash etiquette at the beginning of walks, its just so exciting! I am much better on the way home. Alternatively I have fantastic recall off lead and will check back in with you regularly without being asked. I am very affectionate and love being patted but I'm not needy and will settle nicely and remain quiet when left alone. I am also house trained and stay on my bed at night, without making a fuss.

I like meeting other dogs and playing with them, large and small, boys and girls. People are great too, I am learning not to jump up on them as this is not the correct way to show enthusiasm for making friends. Although I like to play, I am respectful and leave dogs who are sleeping or not in the mood. Upon arriving I gave the cat a good sniff, wagged my tail and wandered off. Speaking of my tail it wags all the time, I know I will find a forever home, is it yours?

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Radiant Roxy

Roxy is a 7 year old lab x. Roxy is loving her beach walks, playing in the sun with her foster sister Chrissie (in background), and stretching out by the fire each night. She is a very quick learner, really affectionate, and keen on games with a stick or a ball. She is capable of leaping over gates but is happy to come back home too.

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Sweet Jilly!

Jill (now goes by Jilly)  is a very sweet staffy x around 6 months old.  She is a loving young girl  with a lot of curiosity.  She is learning to sit and wait for her food and to walk on a lead nicely. However, off lead she will venture off but will always come back when she is called. She is toilet trained and will hold over night.

Jill has improved with her 'focus'. She will now always come when called. She has a very sweet personality and loves cuddles and human affection. Jill will benefit with continued training and will very easy to work with, as she is very food-driven.

Jill is enjoying her foster brother. She loves running around playing with him. If her older foster sister tells her to 'go away' she does as she is told to avoid any confrontation.
Jill needs a forever home that will include her in the family and is prepared to put the effort in to training her. Spending time on training any dog will benefit them and you greatly. You may think it is a lot of work, and sometimes it is, but it will pay off for the rest of their lives and yours.

Jill is good with cats when out and about and is learning not to bark at them at home. She has been socialised with children in her foster home. Jill loves the beach, being in the water and having rough and tumble playtimes.

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Joyous Jazzy

Time to meet Joyous Jazzy!  

Jazzy is looking for her forever home, but it must be an experienced home, who has had Pitbulls or Pitbull X's before.  References and Vet history will be required.  DRD only want the very best for Jazzy.  We are sure you understand.

Luckily for me I was reclassified as a Lab x.  

I am a young Lab/Pitbull x (6 months old) with a stunning personality to match my cuteness.  I've been well socialised with cats and other dogs both large and small.  I love curling up in front of the fire with the other dogs and the cats.  Currently, I am fostered with a large male dog, a cat and a 5 year old child.  I am very well behaved around children.

I am learning that jumping up gets no attention at all.  So no matter how excited I get it is a no no.  I sit when asked and come when called.  I happily curl up on my bed when I am tired or when I am told to.  I love running around at the dog park.  I met 3 pointers there and they ran me ragged.  I was absolutely exhausted after playing with them.

Although I have no aggression tendencies, I will need a firm leader to stay on track and remain so well behaved,  I do enjoy some rough play.  If I start to get to excited, I just need to be told and I calm down.  I'm great on the lead now, I just needed someone patient enough to show me how I am meant to walk on lead.  Off lead I stay close.  I may wander off and discover some new smells but I am always looking to make sure I can see you.  I travel well.  I am toilet trained and will hold all night.

I am looking for an active experienced doggy family.  I would love the company of another dog but it's not essential.

See you soon.

Love Jazzy.

Here is an update from Jazzy's Foster Mum:

"Jazzy is a great wee girl very happy and confident, she is really good with my son she is learning not to jump up but can get a bit over excited when she is first let out. Jazzy is good with my cat but she will chase her if the cat runs, she's very good with our dog and loves to tear round the yard after him although her short wee legs make it hard to keep up with a big lanky greyhound x.

She will sit, lie down and go to her bed when asked, she comes when shes called and sits and waits for her dinner.  Jazzy will need someone who is quite firm and can carry on with her training, she is quite strong on the lead and does tend to pull but we are working on that".

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Handsome Jake!

Hey there, my name is Jake and I'm a Lab x around 4 years old. I am a good boy, really friendly and obedient (but need to check often that my foster mum is not to far away).  Even though I can leap over most things I prefer to stay in the yard with my foster buddy and can be trusted. I am very happy with my foster family but I know I can't live here forever.  I am very good with the basic commands and always come when I'm called. Playing with other dogs at the dog park is fun (I'm friendly with all sizes) and I love walks.  After spending a lot of my life in a kennel I have proved that I'm not destructive inside and my favourite place is my bed.  I don't mind sharing pats and cuddles with my buddy but sometimes am a bit pushy with that but I think that's because I'm strong.  Dog Rescue Dunedin have made sure I've had top vet care and I am now micro-chipped, desexed and all ready for my forever home!  I am very loyal, rarely bark and I just know when you meet me you will instantly want to take me home!  I await that day with eagerness!  
Love Jake xx

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Fun-loving Freddie!


Since Freddie's sister is on trial in a new home, we thought Freddie deserved his own profile! Freddie is a staffy x now around 8 months old (see below). He's recently moved into a new foster home and this is what they have to say about him:

'Freddie has taken to the ‘farm life’ extremely well. Even though the week has been pretty horrible weather-wise Freddie has been busy helping me with feeding the animals and on the rainy days he keeps himself busy playing with his toys and getting as many cuddles off us as he can.

He is the most awesome wee dog. He comes when called, will wait for his food and is good at going to sit in his bed while we are eating dinner.

He can also sit and lie down on command and is learning to roll over. Freddie is a very intelligent dog and it does not take long for him to learn and you can tell he really loves to please. We have to remind ourselves that he is still a puppy he is such a chilled out wee dude!

Freddie is very inquisitive and finds the horse and sheep very interesting. I caught the horse and him sniffing noses the other day!

Freddie is very good with other dogs and everyone he’s met have had so many positive things to say about him. I hope he finds his forever home soon as he certainly deserves it .'

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Miss Misty

Hi, I'm Misty! I'm an almost 3.5 year-old female mastiff cross weighing in at 42 kg.  I had a bit of a rough start to life and was hungry a lot. I still remember this, but now I can sit down and wait for my turn to be fed, and only start eating when I hear the command. I even leave some food in my bowl!

I have matured a lot and outgrown all foolish behaviour associated with puppies and young dogs. I am ready to fit into my forever home's family life.

I know all the commands a dog should know such as 'come back', 'sit' and 'heel'. I'm very clever and I have learned lot of routines, like as my humans are cooking we have to wait at the kitchen door.  And never enter the kids' bedroom and playroom, even if the door is open.

In the morning I know where to wait for breakfast, and I can go to my bed on command. I love travelling in the car and am still working on my car entry etiquette. I have it perfected after the walk but beforehand I am a bit too excited and I jump in the car before my the “boss” say so.

When my foster humans bought a puppy home for their son I immediately adopted him as my own. I love teaching him the ropes of life. He and my foster brother often call me into a wrestling match, which I love! I am a true “queen” of my castle.  I am happy to stay outside in our kennel area during the daytime with my foster dog 'brother' and 'son'. 

I love playing with my foster human’s son (who is 5 year old) and all the neighbourhood kids whom are often come over for a visit.

 When my humans come home I like to curl up in front of the fire and spend the night in their company. I am very affectionate and need my human’s attention. 

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Magical Myth!

Hi! I'm the magical 'Myth'

I am thought to be a staffy/collie/jack russell x around 9 months old. I currently weigh 18.4 kg and stand at 35 cm at the shoulder. I am a sweet wee girl who adores the love and attention given by some humans. I can be a little afraid to come to you if I don't know you well, but within a few minutes of meeting you, I will be your best friend.

I love playing with other dogs both large and small. When I am told off by the older dogs, I shy away, knowing I have been told to behave myself and stay out of their way.

Cats are new to me and I am learning to respect their space, even if they are lying in front of the fire beside me.

I am not an overly energetic dog, though I do enjoy my daily exercise. When it's time to rest I happily do so by curling up on my bed. I sleep through the night and I am toilet trained.

I would enjoy the company of another canine companion but it's not essential. I will need some training and I am keen to learn new things. I will come when called if you pat your knees and will sit with some encouragement. I know my Forever home is just around the corner!

I look forward to meeting you!
Love Myth

From her fosterer:
'Myth has been with us for over a week now and she is doing great! She has an awesome, fun loving personality and enjoys being the centre of attention. Myth is very cuddly and would do anything to sit on your knee for cuddles. She will happily give you a hug when you are feeling down, and she smiles! Myth is a very well behaved young girl; she responded to her new name straight away and she comes as soon as we call her.

Myth loves the company of our smaller dog Arlo and is learning too understand that Arlo needs our attention too. She loves our cat and they will happily play together, but if the cat runs away she will chase. She’s great with big and small dogs and all strangers are her new best friend.

Myth is toilet trained and she knows the command ‘toilet’. She sits on command and is also learning to ‘lie down’ and ‘stay’. She is learning basic ‘table manner’s and will sit and wait for her food. When she is left at home alone she gets bored and chews so we have to put her in her crate during the day while we are out. She improves more and more each night at walking on her lead and only pulls sometimes. She sleeps throughout the night in her crate in our room and will only cry if she needs to go out to the toilet but we usually won’t hear a peep until the morning.

We love having Myth with us as she is great company and she is a real character. Myth can’t wait to meet you and be a part of your family!'

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Darling Duke!

Duke is a beautiful boy with a big heart! He is a lab/collie x, who loves company, walks and runs. Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, things aren’t working out for Duke with his adopted family and he needs a new home, preferably somewhere where he can get the attention and stimulation he needs.

From Duke’s ‘Dog Buddy’:

‘I’ve been walking Duke twice a week since February 2013, when he was adopted by his current owner. He’s an inside dog, (has not been kennelled) and will bark to let his owner know when he needs to go outside to the toilet. Duke can be a bit excitable when there are visitors, so some training is required there, however, he has good recall and always returns to me if I’ve let him off his leash. Duke will check in with me if he runs too far ahead and knows, “good boy, slowly, wait/stop, sit” and how to shake hands.

He’s interested in cats but only if they’re running from him - he thinks it’s a game and wants to chase them, otherwise he ignores them.

Duke loves, pats, and cuddles and is very loyal. His current owner loves him dearly, but family circumstances means she is unable to keep him.’

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Introducing Mac (aka Milo)!

Hi!  My registered name is Milo bit I like Mac better. I am a staffy x about 9 months old and I love the fact that DRD rescued me!! I wasn't to sure why I ended up in the pound, I guess my curiosity got the better of me.

I am a fun-loving, energetic young dog who loves socialising with other dogs both large and small, young or old. I already know sit and come but of course I will benefit greatly with a little more training as I am very eager to please and learn new things.

I am currently in foster care with three other dogs and I will be socialised with stock and horses.  Cats are OK too, I just stay out of their way. I am also good around children and enjoy their company. I love chilling out on my bed!

I am currently 16 kg and stand at about 40 cm at the shoulder.

I was very good for the vets and loved the treats I was given when I did what I was asked to do. I take treats gently too.

I don't mind relaxing during the day as long as I get my daily exercise and learn your routine.  I might like a dog pal to keep me company throughout the day.  I travel well and love attention and lap up all the cuddles I can get.

I am looking for my forever home, one that has time for me and is prepared to spend a little time training me.

Looking forward to meeting you soon

Mac aka Milo

From his fosterer:

‘Mac is a sweet-tempered chap whose dream home would involve: someone to adore; a couch to snuggle up with adored person; a small walk once or twice a day.

We have three other dogs and he gets on with them all. He’s fine around horses, and around my sheep. He’s also no problem around the cats.

Mac is now off-lead around the hens; the times I have forgotten about him he’s been eating the chicken food, not the chickens. He’s nervous of cows and keeps his distance.

There are lots of kids and their friends going through the household and Mac’s great with them. In the car he hops in the crate, lies down and is peaceful throughout the trip. He’s also happy sleeping in a crate inside overnight. Fully house-trained.

Mac does not like being left alone – he’s not suitable for a household where everyone works all day. He is a low to medium energy dog. He would fit in with a family with a stay-at-home parent, or would work with retired people, as he’d be happy pottering around the house or garden, with a small walk every day. It would also work with a tradesperson who wanted a no-drama dog they could take to work.

Mac is incredibly affectionate and would be in dog heaven with his own person to snuggle up with.’

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Meet Astra!


Astra is a staffy x girl approx 2 years old. She loves everybody and enjoys the company of other animals including horses, cats and kittens, cows, sheep and makes friends with every other dog she meets. She loves walking and trips to her favourite place, the dog park. She sits when asked (well when not too excited), and loves playing, tug of war is her favourite, balls don't stand a chance for long. She is a very good girl and loves to please.

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Meet Jack!


Jack is a staffy x around 6 months old.  After a rough start, he is now a happy, cruisy wee boy who deserves a forever home that will give him the best of care. Although he can be an active boy, Jack has a laid-back personality and doesn't need huge amounts of exercise. 

Jack will sit and wait for his food. He sleeps through the night and is getting the hang of toilet training. He is eager to please and you will have his full undivided attention if you offer him food. His strong food-focus will make him easy to train and he is still young enough to benefit greatly with training and obedience.

Jack is learning about walking on the lead. Off lead he will stay close, venturing off smelling all those smells but always coming back when called. Jack will sit when asked and comes when called. He is currently in foster care with two adult dogs and loves rough play with his older foster brother. He tends to shy away when his older foster sister tells him off.

Jack is good with cats when out and about and is learning not to bark at them at home.

Although Jack is still young, he is more than happy to curl up on his bed or curl up beside you for cuddles and affection. Come and meet this wee guy. Let him work his charm on you.

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I'm Jasper!



Hi! I'm Jasper! I was lucky to be rescued by DRD and am very pleased to meet you! I am thought to be a mastiff/lab around 18 months old. I stand proud at about 50 cm and currently weigh 28 kg. I am told I have super-soft fur, almost like a cat - yikes! I am also told I am very good-looking, but I don;t like to say so myself! 

I love other dogs, both large and small. Cats seem to be tolerable so far with a swipe from the Mr Matriarch of this pack I have joined. (I know to stay out of their way now). Dog parks are great fun when you slide in the mud puddles. I am learning to sit and wait for dinner and I am rather good at it already.

Someone used to look after me. Not quite sure what happened to that pack? I am a big softy and my favourite thing is getting belly rubs. Oh, and giving kisses!' 

From his foster family: 

'Jasper loves belly rubs and lying in the sun. He adores getting lots of pats and attention, and loves being around people and having company all day. He can spend time by himself, but that's when he can get into mischief if he doesn't have enough interesting toys around.

Jasper is a real softie; he loves kids, and tolerates our 5 year old nicely (she thinks she's the boss). He is learning commands very well and can sit, lie down, wait, stay, come and heel. He is walking very nicely on the leash now.

Jasper is very food motivated, and we have found it easy to train him using treats. He shows no food aggression, is trustworthy playing with other dogs, and tends to leave cats alone. We have learnt he is not trustworthy around poultry.

Jasper rarely barks, the only instance is when he is playing or wants to play with other dogs. He is uninterested in what goes on outside our fenced property. He loves going for walks, however, and sits as soon as he hears the leash being brought out. He is a super snuggly dog, and would very much suit being homed with a family.'

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Sylvie is a gorgeous Greyhound x Staffy of a mature vintage. This means a lot of the herd work has been done for you! Sylvie is great off-lead, is house-trained, sleeps well over night and travels well in the car. Sylvie gets along well with cats and other dogs and will be socialised with chickens. Sylvie’s favourite thing is to play with tennis balls. She is a lovely, loyal and friendly girl who would make an ideal companion for someone who doesn’t wish to go through the puppy stage - and she is very pretty, of course! 




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