Female Mixed Breed
Approx. 1 year, 4 months, 1 week old
Animal ID: #158266
A little bit about meI am not very experienced as I was on a chain for most of my life. I have a very sweet nature and just need time and patience to learn about all the good things in life.
1. Can you care for a companion animal for their whole life?
2. Can you afford to have the companion animal you are considering adopting?
All animals available for adoption from the SPCA have been health checked, desexed, vaccinated, and microchipped (for details see each adoption listing, as the exact details can vary by species); all of these are included in the adoption fee. However, there are also ongoing costs associated with having a companion animal.
These may include the following:
- Quality food and treats
- Worm and flea treatments
- Items such as leashes, toys, collars, housing, bedding, kennel, crates, enclosures
- Annual health check and vaccinations
- Veterinary visits and treatments due to illness or accidents, and preventative care
- Fees for boarding or home care for your animal if you need to go away
- Doggy Day care fees if you have to be away from your dog for long periods
- Training classes for puppies and dogs
- Annual registration fees for dogs (this is a legal requirement)
- Grooming expenses
To help you get an idea of the cost of keeping a companion animal, the NZ Companion Animal Council has published data showing that companion animal owners spend on average the following amounts per year:
- $670 on their cat
- $1200 on their dog (larger dogs can be more expensive)
- $785 on their horse
- $310 on their rabbit
However, depending on an animal’s individual needs these costs could be significantly higher.
3. Are you able to care for the companion animal you are considering adopting?
4. Is your home suitable for the companion animal you are considering adopting?
5. Will a companion animal fit into your lifestyle?
- You should not adopt a companion animal unless you are:
- prepared to walk your dog every day (if you are thinking of adopting a dog)
- able to give your animal the basic training they need
- able to arrange suitable care for your animal when you are away
If you have carefully thought through all of the questions above and your answer to all of the questions is ‘YES’, then you are ready to adopt!
If you said ‘no’ to any of the questions above or are unsure, please consider what you would need to do to ensure you are well prepared to become a responsible companion animal owner.
Visit our Advice and Welfare section for more detailed information about caring for specific animals .
Contact your local SPCA centre if you have any queries regarding animal ownership.
How to adopt Izzy
1. Come and meet me in person
Come and view our dogs any time during adoption hours. If you are interested in adopting a particular dog or puppy please call ahead to schedule a meet and greet appointment with our team. This ensures you have plenty of time to get to know the dog, especially during our busy periods, as we do prioritise appointments.
If you have questions about a dog or puppy before you come to the centre, just use the form on their profile to send us an enquiry.
2. Talk to our SPCA animal experts
Our friendly animal team will help you choose the pet that’s right for you – it might not be me after all. They will discuss your lifestyle, experience level and what you’re looking for. They’ll check you tick all the boxes for adoption and introduce you to some of the animals that are right for you and your lifestyle. Bring everyone who lives in the house (especially any children) to come and meet the animals to ensure the best match for your family.
Please come in well before the centre closes and allow plenty of time for your visit. And don’t feel down hearted if you are unable to find your ‘perfect match’ straight away. It may take several visits before you find the right animal for you, but don’t give up – your forever companion will be well worth the wait!
3. Complete the application form
You are welcome to view the dogs in the adoption area. Before meeting any of our dogs in person, you’ll need to fill in an application form and provide us with photo ID. One of our team will then introduce you to some of the dogs or puppies that could be right for you.
To save time during your visit you can download and complete the first page of the application form below before you come to the centre.
4. Introduce your family
Found your new best friend? The next step is introducing them to your existing family – everyone in the family, including your existing dog(s) must meet the new dog prior to adoption.
5. Property check
We will then arrange a time to complete a property check to ensure your home is fully fenced and has suitable space for the dog. We do not rehome dogs to be kept on chains or running wires. You will need a fully fenced property to keep your dog contained. If you are a renter, we will also need proof from either your landlord or property manager that they give permission to have a dog on the property.
6. Sign up
It’s time to make it official. We’ll just need you to sign up and pay the adoption fee and get ready to bring your new buddy home.
Some of our centres include registration with the local council in their fees, but others don’t so you will need to register your new dog with the council before you can take them home.