New Zealand Police Foster Dog Programme
Thank you for your interest in the New Zealand Police Foster Dog Programme. By participating in this programme you will be providing a valuable service to your community, helping ensure there is an adequate supply of suitable dogs for training as police dogs.
The dogs reared in the Puppy Development Programme are primarily used for Police work in New Zealand, including breeding. Dogs may also be used for service dog roles with other government agencies, or service dog organisations either in New Zealand or overseas.
The majority of our potential operational dogs are fostered by prospective Police Dog Handlers, so most non Police foster applicants will end up fostering a police breeding dog.
Except for specific circumstances, breeding stock are only able to be fostered in the North Island.
What is involved?
How will we support you?
What checks need to be completed?
What criteria must you meet?
Can I foster a police dog if I have children?
Can I foster a police dog if I have other pets?
How much time will I need to spend on caring for the dog?
Will the dog be allowed inside my house?
What happens when I go on holiday or I am not able to look after the dog for a short time?
What will happen to the puppy once it leaves my care?
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 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.