Male Mixed Breed
Approx. 2 months old
Animal ID: #548772
A little bit about me
Hello, my name is Dustin Henderson. I am looking for my forever home, can that be with you?
What's special about meAre you looking for a cute bundle of fun? Then I am the pup for you! Like all puppies I am curious and love to explore. Not so much 'The Upside Down' though... would much rather be curled up on the couch watching 'Stranger Things' with you. Vecna seems a little grumpy this time of year.. I'm a sucker for a good cuddle and some attention, and will become your best friend. I will not be the type of boy who would like to be left alone for long periods of time, not yet anyway as I am still a baby. I don't mind if you already have a dog. You will just need to introduce us properly. I am not the kind of boy who will like to sleep outside, so please don't apply for me if you wont treat me as part of the family. Being quite young I have had very little exposure to the outside world and will need a home that is willing to work through all the puppy training steps to help me navigate my crucial learning stages. If I sound like the boy for you, don't hesitate to apply for me!
1. Can you care for a companion animal for their whole life?
2. Can you afford to care for the pet you are considering adopting?
All animals available for adoption from SPCA have been health checked, and most are 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 that you need to consider.
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, Companion Animals NZ 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 pet you are considering adopting?
4. Is your home suitable for the animal you are considering adopting?
5. Will a pet 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.
Apply to adopt me
How to adopt Dustin Henderson
1. Enquire about me
To enquire about an animal, click the ‘Enquire about me’ button on their profile and fill in the form with as much detail about your family as you can. If you need help with your online enquiry form, please don’t hesitate to phone the centre for help.
Most of our animals available for adoption are currently in foster homes in the community and not at the centre, as this is less stressful for them.
2. Talk to our SPCA animal experts
Our friendly animal team will be in touch to help you choose the pet that’s right for your family – 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 talk to you about some of the animals that are right for you and your lifestyle. They might also request some photos and other documentation to see where the animal will live.
3. Come and meet me
If you like, we can arrange for a meet and greet of the animal you have applied for prior to taking it home, to ensure it is a good fit. Bring everyone who lives in the house (especially any children) to come and meet the animals to ensure the best match for your family.
4. Fill in the paperwork and pay the adoption fee
Once you’ve found the animal for you, you’ll need to complete an application form and get one of the team to review and approve the adoption. You then pay the adoption fee and get ready to bring your new family member 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.