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.

We have started keeping a record of the dogs we have placed.  Currently, the number of dogs placed stands at 681. Thanks for all your help!

Check out our the dogs currently available for adoption or read about our success stories. We 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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Chip is our cover dog

They’re almost here!! Our 2022 calendars are at the printers and we are now accepting pre-sales. Each month features a different dog re-homed through RWD. All proceeds from the sale of these calendars goes to help the dogs in our care, and are a perfect gift for any dog-lover!

Read More They’re almost here!! Our 2022 calendars are at the printers and we are now accepting pre-sales. Each month features a different dog re-homed through RWD. All proceeds from the sale of these calendars goes to help the dogs in our care, and are a perfect gift for any dog-lover!