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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Beautiful prints available

The very talented and kind Vicky Taylor (a pyrographic artist) has given permission for Retired Working Dogs to sell two of her prints as a fundraiser. The prints come, unframed, in A4 and... Read More

2019 Calendar now available!

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