So you'd like to adopt a Pound Hound...

Please read this before applying to adopt

As a preliminary step to adopting one of our Poundies, we require you to fill out an adoption application form. Because we aren't a shelter and our dogs are in foster care, we don't run on an appointment basis. The questions in the adoption application form are necessary for us to get a better insight into you and your family and to determine whether your family would best match the needs and personality of the dog you have applied for. If your application is approved to go to the next step, we will phone you to have a chat about your desired Poundie and then arrange a meet and greet from there (this is also where any furry family members would be introduced).

We will only match a dog to a home that will best meet its needs and personality . You are not automatically guaranteed a specific dog just because you apply for it. Please do not be offended if your application for a particular dog is not approved - these dogs have already had a rough start so it's really important to us that we get it right for them this time around. 

If you aren't willing to let your dog hang out with you and sleep in the house, we probably aren't the rescue for you. Around here, dogs are family and we expect that they would be treated as such. No being banished to a life outside on their own, and definitely no being chained up, so a fully fenced section is a must.

Every one of our Poundies is vet checked, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms, microchipped with the National Dog Database AND the NZ Companion Animal Register, Council registered and desexed (no exceptions) before heading off to their new home. We ask our adopters for a fee of $320 for adult dogs and $350 for puppies to help towards these costs (adoption fees may vary). We also offer optional  free pet insurance for 30 days through Pet N Sur for dogs up to 6 years of age.

All our Poundies also come with a free adoption pack of goodies to start you off on the right track and ongoing support from us. Poundie Parents are family and we're always here to support our Poundies and their forever families. 

Have you read this  ^^^

Please note: We do not adopt our Poundies on a first in first served basis.


Please check it out before you decide to fill in an application

Please Note: A background check of your history with Council Animal Control is a compulsory part of our adoption criteria.

To check out your preferred Poundie's profile or to apply to adopt, simply click on the photo of your preferred Poundie and click the "apply to adopt" button at the bottom of their profile page.

Poundies for Adoption






Best Fit

If you are looking for a Poundie that is the "best fit" for your family, apply here. PLEASE NOTE: We very rarely have small dogs under 12kgs in our care, the vast majority of dogs are medium to large. 


On Trial


On trial


On Trial





On Trial


On Trial


On Trial


On Trial

Currently Unavailable

The following dogs are currently unavailable for adoption at this time. Applications received for Currently Unavailable Poundies will NOT be accepted.


Receiving Medical Care


Available Soon

Forever Fosters

These kids will live out the rest of their days in their foster homes, they are NOT available for adoption. This may be for a variety of reasons.


14.5 years old


12 years old

Want to help us take care of our Poundies?

Check out our Poundie Patron Membership program or our No Parvo No Puppies Community Outreach Membership Program

Donate via Givealittle

Community Rehomes

The following dogs are being rehomed by Pound Hounds Rescue on behalf of their owners. They are not PHR dogs. PHR Adoption criteria and fee apply. 

Adoption fees are considered donations and upon adoption, adopters will be given a donation receipt.

Privacy statement

When you complete an application form we collect personal information from you, including information about your name and contact information. We collect your personal information in order to be able to complete the necessary background checks and contact you regarding your application. Besides our staff, we share this information with Animal Control in order to perform background checks on applicants.

Providing some information is optional. If you choose not to enter your name and contact details, or answer the questions provided within the application fully we'll be unable to accept your application. We keep your information safe by storing it in a secure database and only allowing top level staff who deal with applications access to it. 

You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or to have it corrected, please contact us at


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