PURINA: Your Pet, Our Passion

UPDATE: To our Valued Pet Owners: We apologise for any difficulty you may have been experiencing getting your hands on your pet’s favourite foods recently. Unfortunately, like many companies, we are experiencing significant delays due to global supply challenges, and we are working as best we can to limit this impact on you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of Vet Nurses for FREE advice on 0800 738 847 or AskPurina@nz.nestle.com who can help recommend some alternatives. We are grateful for your loyalty and are always here to help.


Getting a Dog


Let's Adopt a Dog!

Let's Adopt a Dog!

Now that you know what kind of dog is right for you, it’s time to decide where you should go to start your search. Some people looking for a specific breed may want to go to a breeder. If you’re looking for a dog based on personality, you have many options. You could visit a shelter, a rescue organisation, a pet shop or a foster home.


There are many systems in place that often work together to help all kinds of dogs find a lasting home.

Still deciding where to go to find your new dog? Here are some of your options.




A shelter is a housing facility for surrendered or stray animals operated by an organisation dedicated to pet welfare, like a humane society.


A rescue organisation, like a shelter, is dedicated to pet welfare. Rescue organisations care for a relatively small number of animals through a network of private foster homes, rather than in an animal shelter.


Foster homes provide temporary, in-home care for one or more animals on behalf of an animal shelter or animal rescue organisation. Foster caregivers are usually volunteers of animal welfare organisations or shelters, and may foster animals for a number of different reasons. Foster homes are often needed for pets that are not yet ready for adoption (sick, injured, recovering from surgery, not yet weaned, needing socialisation or other behaviour modification, etc.) or pets for whom there is not enough space in the shelter. Some rescue groups operate completely through a network of foster homes.

Wherever you choose to get your dog, we hope we’ve helped you find a companion that will make your life richer, more loving, and more adventurous.