Adoption FAQ

Information Relating to Fees

Does it cost to adopt a dog from NZCR?

Yes. There is a non-refundable adoption fee, payable in full prior to the day of adoption. All fees are to be paid to our Westpac Account - New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Trust 03-0823-0074502-000 

What determines the adoption fee as I notice they aren't all the same price? 

Our adoption fees for each dog are listed on their profile under "available dogs". Older dogs or those who have ongoing health issues may be  assigned a lesser fee. 

Why do you charge an adoption fee?

The adoption fee assists us with: transport costs for dogs being surrendered from all over NZ, de-sexing, micro-chipping and registering the dog on the Companion database, Council registration, disposables (such as bedding and crates) and necessary medical care required. We never "make" money from adoptions - the funds go towards the next dog in need that comes into our care and/or some of the funds that were put into your chosen dog. 

For more information - see the table located at the bottom of this page.


Do you allow adopters to pay-off fees? 

No. Adopters need to consider their financial circumstances prior to applying. Any dog will require funds in terms of vaccinations, ongoing Council registration and veterinary care at some point in their lives, etc. We need to be sure that the Adopter can provide for the dog in any and all ways, including financially. 

Adoptions Outside of Christchurch

Do you adopt dogs outside of Christchurch (where you are based)?

Yes, some dogs are available to be flown to new homes around New Zealand, other NZCR dogs are fostered in the North Island. This information is found under available dogs.

What dogs are available where I am?

Please see the available dogs page.

Who pays for the flights if the dog is to be flown?

The adopter will need to pay for a airplane approved crate for the dog to travel in and the flight fare. if the adoption does not work out and the dog has been flown, the Adopter is liable for a return flight.

Will I still have a home check?

Yes, we will liaise with other organizations in your area to have a home check performed.

Do you adopt to other countries?

No, sorry, New Zealand only.

Post Adoption

What about Council registration? 

The dog needs to be changed into your name with your local Council. We will inform the Council from our end once the dog is confirmed as adopted (ie. after the trial period).

Are the dogs micro-chipped?
Each dog in the care of the Trust is micro-chipped and added to the New Zealand Companion Animal Register. The Trust (or Managing Trustee of the Trust) will remain as a contact on the dog’s microchip. This is a fundamental term of adoption. The Adopter will be added to the database also but cannot, under any circumstances, remove the Trust’s details from the microchip.

Do you offer ongoing support to Adopters? 

Absolutely, yes! Trust dogs and their Adopters are part of the NZCR family. If you need anything please get in contact with us. We also love to receive updates and photos!

Have you adopted from New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue?

Please join our closed Adopters and Foster Carers Group on Facebook here: