Adopt a dog

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How to adopt

​To see the dogs which we currently have available, please check out our dog ​adoption Facebook page - Hamilton A​dopt a Dog.

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​Or you can visit our dogs at the Animal Education and Control Centre (​217 Ellis Street, Frankton) during our kennel opening hours - 12.30pm to 4.30pm, seven days a week (closed on statutory holidays). 

​Who can adopt

Our adoption criteria apply to ​any dog rehomed from our centre and an adoption application will be approved or declined at the discretion of our Animal Education and Control Team.  

If you are thinking of adopting one of our dogs, you should be aware of your responsibilities as a dog owner. 

It's also compulsory to register any dog you own with us - see below for details.


The current cost to adopt a dog from us is $225.

The fee charged reflects the costs of preparing each dog for adoption as outlined below.

  • All dogs adopted from us are registered, microchipped and desexed​.
  • All dogs available for adoption have passed a behavioural assessment, to ensure they are of suitable temperament to join a home.  
  • Puppies under six months old are also given at least their first vaccination against​ parvo and kennel cough while in our care. There is an extra charge or this service (per vaccination) which reflects their current actual cost. ​​

​Lost and found

No dog is considered for rehoming by the team unless it is clear that it is either unclaimed after seven days; or it has been surrendered to the Council. This is true of any lost dogs which come to our Animal Education and Control Centre. In every case, each dog we put forward for adoption will also have been assessed by us as being suitable for rehoming. 

Find out more about lost and found ​dogs, including those in our centre and tips on how to find your dog if we don't already have it. 

Dog registrations and requirements

​​As a dog owner, it is your obligation ​to meet certain responsibilities such as complying with the law and controlling your dog. ​This includes the legal requirement to register your dog everyday.

To find out about your responsibilities as a dog owner or to register your dog please click the links below:

​Other places to adopt 

If you can't decide on one of the dogs from our centre, you may wish to continue your adoption search elsewhere.  Try your local SPCA​, Trade M​e and Facebook​.  Another useful site is the Doglinks community portal page.​​ Whichever dog you choose, you need to be sure you will be a responsible dog owner.

Page reviewed: 31 May 2021 8:04am