Animal Rescues, Education & Rehoming Centres within New Zealand

PLEASE NOTE - ENERGY WORKS NZ IS NOT A RESCUE OR REHOMING CENTRE - We are only offering listings for these wonderful centres only.

If you would like to see if you qualify for a free listing on this website for your Rescue or Rehoming centre , please contact us directly for more information.

This page is dedicated to the wonderful people out there who give their time and love to helping our animals. This is my way of supporting them by listing them here so that the public know who they are, where they are and what they do.

Help support these fantastic people and their passions and the the animals; support your local Centre. They all need assistance of some sort, whether it be time, donations, food or materials.

If you are looking to add an animal to your family, or need to know more information about the care of an animal,  then please check out your local Rescue and Rehome Centres first and foremost.  And I am sure that you will find a new family member there, just waiting for you to choose them and take them home to love and care for them.  Thank you!

These Centres and Resources also will have a wealth of information that may help you make the right choice on your new family member, and how best to care for them, for the joy  of everyone.

Some listings here may also be for information only.


Building Awareness aRound K9's is a not-for-profit Organization created to support our Community including pre-schools, schools  and other learning facilities, with regards to the safety of children around dogs. We design and implement well structured lessons to integrate smoothly with the national school curriculum, as well as the individual class, school or organisational processes.

OBJECTIVE: To promote safe and happy dog experiences for pre-school and school age children through education.

AIM: To reduce the National ADD Dog Bite Statistics in children 12 yrs and under.

BARK serves as a hub for volunteer educators throughout New Zealand who have an active interest in the safety of our children. BARK enables educators to deliver consistent, reliable and proven messages, personalised to all age groups.

BARK provides support to volunteer educators in managing their local community activities, including programme planning, resource development, administration and managing sponsorship opportunities.

show your support through our Facebook page
To register your interest in volunteering contact Heather email: or phone mobile  021 02500630

 Wellington Rabbit Rescue 

Wellington Rabbit Rescue is here to take on unwanted/neglected rabbits. We also endeavour to educate people on rabbit welfare in New Zealand.
We de sex any rabbit we receive and then adopt them out to loving homes. We ensure they go home to people who are “bunny savvy” and have nice large areas for them to live in!
Rabbits need companionship, exercise & enrichment. It’s important to realize how intelligent rabbits are and that a hutch is NOT enough!


The Animal Sanctuary

  The Animal Sanctuary in Matakana provides a safe haven for abused and neglected animals; cares for injured or orphaned native birds; and rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes battery hens.  Because there are so many other great groups that care for cats and dogs, The Animal Sanctuary focusses on hard to place animals such as "farm animals".  
More and more we are being asked (by families whose circumstances have
changed) to help find homes for beloved pet pigs, goats, donkeys, cows, etc.
If you have land and are able to adopt beautiful animals that need a safe slaughter-free home and lots of love, please contact us at:

See our short video at


 Cat Rescue Christchurch

  Cat Rescue Christchurch is an independent Charitable Trust that focuses on reducing stray cat and kitten overpopulation by using the trap-neuter-return (TNR) method. Stray kittens who can be socialised (kittens under 8 weeks of age) are desexed and re homed.

Cat Rescue Christchurch also promotes the desexing of companion and stray cats whom people are feeding, and the early neutering of kittens before being re homed from any adoption facility.

Cat Rescue Christchurch relies on donations from generous people to fund its work. We do not have a shelter but we have a small number of volunteers who foster and socialise cats and kittens.

Cat Rescue Christchurch Charitable Trust - Sign up to our e-newsletter 

 Petsonthenet has been successfully reuniting and rehoming pets throughout NZ since 2002. We work with all types of companion pets from shelters, rescues, SPCAs, pounds and the public. Our philosophies are "Adopt, Don't Buy" and "Desex your pets".
If you want to adopt (and save a life), come and see our pets for adoption NZ wide. Or if you have lost or found a pet, or even seen a deceased pet - please place an ad with us in the one place that is recommended by the SPCA and is the one place people know to look for lost and found pets NZ wide.

Come and visit us at

Hedgehog Haven

Hedgehog Haven is a rescue and resource centre for these wonderful little creatures. Hedgehogs are often misunderstood, and there is not much public information on their care and welfare

Please make contact with Peg Logue to find out your where local Hedgehog rescue person/centre is, and to find out how you can better look after these little gems. 

Hedgehog Haven
PO Box 119 - Taupo 3351  - New Zealand
Phone 07 378 7630 - mobile 0274 762 824


Dogwatch - A sanctuary for abandoned pound dogs and puppies.

Dogwatch is a registered Charitable Trust  which is fully self-funded and relies on donations, grants and legacies.
Set on 4 acres of picturesque grounds in Bromley, Christchurch comprising of 8 spacious kennels with heated
concrete pads, 7 large exercise yards, 3 acres for dogs to run freely on twice a day
and a team of dedicated volunteers to attend to all of their needs. All of our dogs are able to be viewed by members of the public.
Funds are also raised from the Second Hand Variety Shop in New Brighton. The public are welcome to come and visit our dogs.

 Greyhound as Pets (GAP)

Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) is an independent charitable trust established by Greyhound Racing New Zealand to find pet homes for retired racing greyhounds.

Due to misconceptions about the breed, greyhounds are generally not considered when choosing a pet, and while many racing owners try to rehome their dogs, there is a definite lack of good homes. GAP aims to find loving homes for as many ex-racers as possible and is working to inform the public about the true and wonderful nature of greyhounds!

GAP rehomes greyhounds nationally throughout New Zealand through its kennel bases in Sanson, Manawatu in the North Island and Amberley in the South Island. You are very welcome to visit our kennels but we would appreciate if you could please make an appointment prior to your visit.
You can help by becoming  a volunteer, a foster home or  a steadfast friend.

For more information on this fantastic breed, or if you can assist us, please visit us at: 

Or follow us on Facebook

North Shore Turtle Rescue- Auckland 

  North Shore Turtle Rescue If you have a turtle or tortoise you    don't want anymore or just simply need some advice then please    don't hesitate to contact me.

I have studied as a veterinary nurse and now currently work in a local pharmacy as a pharmacy technician part time. ! I first started rescuing turtles at the age of 16 years old and now am still doing this several years later

We are based on the North Shore in Forrest Hill Auckland, New Zealand. This is a non profit organisation. Donation fees apply for those who want to adopt when turtles are available.


We take in any unwanted turtles or tortoises in any condition. We give them adequate housing and any medical/veterinary treatment they may require. We will do our best to find homes for any unwanted, abandoned or neglect turtles. (once well enough of course). PLEASE DO NOT RELEASE YOUR TURTLE INTO THE WILD!

German Shepherd Rescue Trust

The German Shepherd Rescue Trust We are a privately operated service dedicated to the well being and long  term care of German Shepherd dogs throughout New Zealand. We are  a  volunteer organisation providing complete care for unwanted, abandoned, neglected and stray German Shepherd dogs and puppies while actively seeking permanent, loving homes for these homeless pets. You can visit us at; 

Equine NZ

Equine NZ is a Canterbury operation of 12 years that offers unwanted horses & ponies a second chance at life.

Equine NZ is an organization dedicated to the welfare of horses and ponies in the New Zealand region.

My aim here is to provide a service for those horses who need a second-chance home. It is also my hope that this can save some of them from the alternative due to an ex owners change in circumstances.

Equine NZ receives No funding & is supported out of my own pocket. I started Equine NZ for the love & passion I have for the horses.
They also helped me through a bad health patch and they are my life! I could not imagine being with out them or not being able to help a horse when I can.

Location:                  Wigram - Christchurch City - Canterbury
Services offered:     Rehabilitation/Rehoming service of all breeds of horses.
Areas serviced:       South island wide & lower north island.


Retired Working Dogs NZ

 Retired Working Dog s NZ are advertising locally (at this stage just in the Wairarapa as we are still small) to farmers, offering to rehome their old working dogs for free as an alternative to putting them down.
The dogs stay on farm until we have matched them up with homes (through SPCA Wairarapa and Facebook), then we will collect them and take them to their new retirement homes. Home trials are fine.

Costs involved to all new owners are desexing of the dogs placed with them (basic SPCA charges).

Our aim is to find retirement homes for as many dogs as we can. They are amazing creatures and they deserve it!

www.Retired Working Dogs NZ
or Facebook us at Retired Working Dogs NZ.

Gutter Kitties

Gutter Kitties is an Incorporated Charitable Trust that rescues and rehomes abandoned, surrendered, and mistreated cats and kittens on the North Shore, and Rodney District, Auckland.  We provide them with necessary veterinary treatment, food, shelter and care they require until loving homes can be found for them.


Hope Rescue South Auckland

Hi there, Hope Rescue South Auckland is a small rescue based in Manurewa, South Auckland. We are a non profit organisation and we aim to help South Aucklanders and the wider Auckland area with stray, unwanted and abused animals. We appreciate support from public and businesses.
We provide the necessary veterinary care and food and the place the animals in loving home settings during their recuperation period. All animals that we rehome are desexed, vaccinated, and have had flea and worm treatment.

We rely on donations from our supporters to carry out these rescues. We appreciate donations of all sizes - big and small, everything helps.
We are also on Facebook

ARRC (Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre)

 ARRC (Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre) is a charitable trust, established in 2003.
Our team assists DOC, Rotorua and Tauranga SPCAs and the public with the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife in the Bay of Plenty. We are passionate about caring for our native wildlife and recognize the great value of education. In 2010 we were the proud winners of the Tauranga 2010 Trustpower Community Services Environment and Heritage Award.
Leading by example and through education we assist our wildlife, helping to cultivate an attitude of respect and responsibility toward our animal co-inhabitants as well as our natural heritage
-To provide a well known service and local facilities for the rescue and rehabilitation of native birds and animals in the BOP.
-To create a credible organization serving the purpose of nationwide networking of similar facilities/caregivers
As part of our commitment to the preservation of our natural environment we are proactive with animal related projects such as the “ARRC Adopt a Pet Program". The goal of our "Adopt a Pet Program" is to provide caring homes for loving animals that are homeless.
The aim of this programme is to:
-Promote responsible pet ownership
-Help to prevent unwanted litters of kittens and numbers of stray cats as well as homeless dogs
As part of our commitment to the preservation of our natural environment we are proactive with animal related projects such as the “ARRC Spay the Stray Cat Campaign”.
Our aim is to reduce numbers of stray breeding cats in the Tauranga area as they impact on our natural environment and on our pets. As these cats continue to breed and without intervention, this problem will continue to grow, likely at an alarming rate. ARRC has enlisted key assistance from local businesses, vets and the public to provide resources and a team, community based approach to dealing with this problem.
Cats are caught, desexed and either re-homed (if suitable) or where their presence is of benefit to the local community they are released back into their original environment i.e. Industrial areas where they are beneficial in the control of pest species. In some cases, cats are humanely euthanized e.g.: due to severe disease or injury.
The long term benefits of this project:
1. Preventing unwanted litters of kittens and numbers of stray cats
2. Providing the Tauranga public with an avenue of constructive input and an opportunity to help animals as well as their local community
3. Promoting responsible pet ownership
4. Minimizing the impact on local wildlife that may be preyed upon by cats
5. Promoting a healthier environment for pet cats
If you have stray or colony cats that need desexing, please fill in the appropriate form on the website and forward it to us -