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How you can get involved.

Volunteer (adults)

We are completely run by volunteers; come and join the team!

If you are over 21 and can commit to a couple of mornings a week for at least six months then join us for an introductory coffee morning where you can learn about volunteering in the kennel or in the office. Please call us for more information and the date of the next coffee morning.

Volunteer (students)

Learn about what we do and gain service hours.

We are able to offer a limited number of places for students to volunteer at the shelter to gain hours for the Duke of Edinburgh Award or for CAS. This will include learning about what we do, presenting to your peers about responsible dog ownership and dog walking. 

We can also offer limited places for work experience for a week, usually at the end of the summer term. Please contact us for more information and the dates of the next courses.

However, you can still gain service hours for the DofE or for CAS through our Dog Walking program 


  • Dog walkers are welcome to collect the dogs Monday to Saturday between 9.30 am and 11.30 am during the cooler months (October – April)

  • The dogs will needs to be returned by 5pm of the same day.

  • Minimum age is 14 and accompanied by an adult on the walk.

  • Own transport is required to take the dog to a suitable location of your choice. We can assist with recommendations on locations.

  • Maximum of 02 hours of service hours will be given per walk

  • Spaces are limited. Prior booking is essential Please call our office for appointment  (04 887 8739). No appointments can be made through email, FB or Instagram.

  • Social distancing rules apply and mask must be worn at all time.

Please keep an eye out on our social media and on our website for updates !

Dog Walking

Give a dog an outing from the kennels

During the cooler months, you can take a K9 dog for a walk. You can collect a dog from us between 10 and 12 in the morning and take it to a dog-friendly location for a walk. When you return, no later than 5pm, we will ask you for comments on how the dog behaved. This gives us valuable information to help us find the dog the right forever home.

Annual Puppy Ball

Join us to celebrate!

Our annual Puppy Ball is a black tie event to celebrate with our supporters. Join us for a drinks reception, a four course dinner and dancing until late. We also have a lots of other entertainment. 

It's a night to celebrate what K9 Friends has achieved throughout the year.

Essential Maintenance

It takes a lot to run the shelter!

Please give us a call if you or your company would like the opportunity to quote for maintenance work.


Provide a dog with a short term home.

If you aren't able to adopt a dog, you may be able to help us by providing a short term foster home. Fostering gives us valuable information on how our dogs react in a home environment and on their personality. It also gives some of our long term resident dogs a break form the kennel. Please contact us for more information.

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