We are always on the look-out for folk to provide homes for our dogs. The people listed on this page have applied to adopt by completing our form on “Application to Home a Dog“. They have all agreed to share their details so please don’t abuse the privilege.


Adopter details

Hi, I'd like to adopt a retired working dog.

About me

My name is Gareth Chaplin.  You can reach me on: 021680308 or email at zn.oc.nilpahc@hterag. I live in Upper Hutt in our own property. I can walk/exercise a dog and I already have 2 other dogs. The dog is likely to be left alone for 8 hours per day.


I have 1 children under 5. At our property, we have 1 cats, 9 chooks, 0 rabbits and 15 sheep.
Details of other animals:

couple of cows, couple of goats, some ducks

We are interested in adopting the following dogs:

Med-large huntaway types. no more than 4-6 year old preferably (I havent got the time to bring up a pup). Normally will be one other dog around.

A few words about our property:

4 hectare lifestyle block. House block about 1/2 acre, 7 wire fences, hot on one boundary with neighbours. Current dogs are free range on the section 24/7 but also have a purpose built dog run on a concrete base (4m x 5m) with 2 kennels in it and sun cover. Loads of space, lots of shade, and baskets in the shed they can use anytime.

Here is why I think we can provide a good home:

I like having dogs around. Have had at least one around for last 20 years. My two old girls (dalmatian/huntaway 13yr, and staffie/boxer 10 yr) are on their last legs, and it would be good to offer a decent home to a new dog and let the old girls show it the ropes. Would be nice to have one that was a bit useful with the sheep (current dogs watch but have no idea). But not essential. As we are rural and neighbours have stock, any dog has to be trustworthy, respect fences and be calm round animals.