New Zealand Police Dog Re-Home Programme
Thank you for your interest in re-homing a police dog.
Police dogs are withdrawn from service for a variety of reasons. A dog may be retired from working or breeding for health or temperament reasons or it may simply be too old.
Also, sometimes dogs are found to be unsuitable for training or working as a police dog because they do not display the required aptitude.
None of this prevents the dog becoming a valued member of your household. Only dogs which are suitable as household pets are offered for re-homing.
What is involved?
How much will it cost to adopt a police dog?
Are the pups for sale?
What checks need to be completed?
Can I adopt a police dog if I have children?
Can I adopt a police dog if I have other pets?
What will happen to the dog if it does not settle into my household?
What should you do next?
If you think you could provide a suitable foster home, read this section carefully and complete the steps listed below.
Please note that we will not be able to process your application if the required forms have not been fully completed.
Send the application form and written consent (where applicable) using the 'New Zealand Police Dog Foster or Re-home Programme online form" - choose "I would like to foster or re-home" from the list.
This can be completed at the time of interview with the Police Dog Section representative. You will need to have with you two forms of photo ID: Primary ID document (e.g. passport, original birth certificate, etc) and another form of ID (e.g. driver licence, firearms licence, 18+ card, Community Services Card, etc).
If this cannot be completed at the time of interview, i.e. all family members are not present at interview, then you will need to have the vetting form completed after the interview. This will be explained at the time of interview. This can be completed at a Police station or by a trusted referee as described on the form.
- If your application is approved, there may be a delay before a suitable dog is available.
- There are a limited number of dogs available each year and unfortunately this means you may not be matched with a suitable dog.
Please phone the Dog Training Centre at 04 494 3890