Retired Working Dogs NZ Charitable Trust 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. We take dogs into foster, who may need medical treatment or behavioural assessment and, if we have space, we will foster dogs who need to be rehomed urgently. We charge an adoption fee for our foster dogs to contribute towards the cost of their care. We also advertise working dog breeds on behalf of shelters and other rescue organisations.

We know that when working dogs start to slow down, many of them are unhappy being left behind when there is work to be done, so we are also happy to advertise dogs on behalf of their owners, as long as no sale price is charged. Our aim is to find loving retirement homes for these amazing dogs, after all their years of hard work.

We have started keeping a record of the dogs we have placed.  Currently, the number of dogs placed stands at 990. Thanks for all your help!

Check out the dogs currently available for adoption or read about our success stories.

We are lucky to have a number of supporters who help our work in so many ways ranging from donations, discounted vet treatment, fostering, to website and social media and 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.

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