Retired Working Dogs NZ is dedicated to helping find loving forever homes for working dogs who have reached retirement age or aren't quite cut out for life on the land. Through a system of foster volunteers we provide healthcare and behavioural assessment, wherever possible, before placing dogs with their perfect family. Our aim is to find loving retirement homes for these amazing dogs, after all their years of hard work. Let's give these dogs the retirement they deserve.

Check out our the dogs currently available for adoption or read about our success storiesWe are happy to advertise retired working dogs on behalf of their owners. 

We are lucky to have a number of supporters who help our work in so many ways ranging from donations, free vet treatment, fostering, to helping us with legal matters. If you have a skill that you think we can use, then do please get in touch with us. We also need-dog-related items such as collars, leads, bowls and toys. 

If you would like to adopt a dog or apply to become a foster carer please complete the application form

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In order to make a donation, we ask that you please follow these instructions:

  1. Make a bank transfer to "Retired Working Dog Adoption NZ", Account Number: 03 0725 0001027 000.
  2. Please include your name as a reference so that we can identify the payment.

All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and are tax deductible.

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Toni Bingley of the Carterton Crier kindly did a piece on RWD in the June 2018 issue. When I saw the name ‘retired working dogs’, I imagined elderly, arthritic heading-dogs, curled on a... Read More