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Saving Lives Programme

Committed to the welfare of pets, Animates proudly supports pet adoption through animal rescue charities to help pets find their fur-ever homes.

We care about the welfare of pets

At any given moment, there are thousands of lovable pets in animal shelters waiting for a new home. Animates believe all pets deserve the chance to have a happy and healthy life with a loving family. We are committed to responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

Over the last 9 years with the Saving Lives programme (adopting rescue animals out through Animates stores) over 20,000 pets have been adopted out and over $1 million has been raised through Animates stores for charities.

We are so excited to be hosting Saving Lives rescue events at your local Animates store alongside our community events and our animal charity fundraising events.

Visit our articles section to learn more about adopting a pet.


I’m looking to adopt a new pet, what do I do?
Talk to our friendly team at your local Animates, we’re here to help! We have a wealth of knowledge, but also have a range of articles and videos to help you on your journey
Can Animates help me with my adoption process?
Yes! We are here for every part of your pet ownership journey. We can help guide you on what type of pet, where to locally adopt and share with you our wide range of knowledge and direct you to our available services we have e.g. Puppy preschool, Grooming, Vet and even our Catteries. Plus, check out our articles and videos page on the website to help you prepare for your adoption.
I want to adopt a pet, where do I go?
There are so many types of pets and so many different channels where owners can find their new family member to help fill their heart and home. Talk with your local Animates to find out when their next adoption event will be held, or they can direct you to a range of local rescue charities. Here is a list of some charities we are familiar with across New Zealand: • SPCA • 9 Lives Orphanage (Auckland) • Animal Care Turangi • ARAN • Auckland Puppy Rescue (West Auckland) • Care Trust - Taupo • Cats Protection Canterbury • Christchurch Bull Breed • Franklin Cat Rescue (Pukekohe) • Furever Homes - Invercargill • Greyhounds as Pets • Gutter Kitties (Auckland) • Hope Rescue (South Auckland) • Humane Society • Lonely Miaow (Auckland) • Mana Rescue (Rotorua) • Mutts & Moggies (Gisborne) • OSCA - Opotiki Society for the Care of Animals • Paw Kitties - East Auckland • Paws 4 Life (Hamilton) • PAWS Op Shops (Hamilton) • Pet Whisperer Rescue (Auckland) • South Auckland Puppy Surrender • Waikato, Wellington, Whanganui, Whangarei • Taupo Dog Pound • German Shepherd Rescue Trust • Chained Dog Awareness • Passion 4 Paws • Animal Rehoming • Ruakaka Dog Rescue • New Lives Rescue • DC Rescue Dogs • HURRAH • PAWS Rescue and Rehab (Hastings) • Bullied Dogs Advocacy & Rescue (Manawatu & Whanganui) • Retired Working Dogs Adoption NZ • Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust (Christchurch) • Second Chance Dog Rescue (Christchurch) • K9 Rescue and Re-homing (Christchurch) • Dog Rescue Dunedin (Dunedin) There are also a range of breeders for all types of animals throughout New Zealand and it is best to research online as to what will best suit your family’s needs. Alternatively, visit your local Animates store, so they can help guide you to a local specialist - we are here to support you on all adoption processes and your ongoing journey with your pet.
I’m a pet rescue charity and I would love to work with Animates, how do I do this?
Awesome! We’re always looking for new animal rescue charities and even specialty pet groups to work with and educate our customers. Please talk with your local Animates store manager, or email so we can work out next steps.
I need to rehome my fish, can you help?
Unfortunately, we are unable to help rehome/purchase your fish as we have suppliers that we work with to ensure health and supply consistency across our large base of stores and veterinary clinics.
I am a breeder, can you adopt my animals?
We do not take on any animals other than fish. We are here to help customers through the adoption process and their journey in pet ownership through our knowledge and services we have available.
I adopted a pet from Animates and need to ask a question, can you help?
Yes, of course, call us on 0800 ANIMATES or email and we will see how we can help.
Where can I find a list of breeders for birds, guineas, rabbits, chinchillas, rats or mice?
Thanks for your enquiry; it's great that you are looking to bring home a new furry family member. Below are where you could find small pet and bird breeders in New Zealand.

Guinea pigs - New Zealand Cavy Club
Rabbits - Rabbit Council of New Zealand
Rats - New Zealand Registered Rat Breeders
Mice - There is no current registry, best to look on Facebook (Mouseclub NZ) or Trade Me.
Chinchillas - There is no current registry, best to look on Facebook (Chinchillas in New Zealand) or Trade Me.
Birds (Parrots) - The Parrot Society of New Zealand
Birds (Hand Raised and/or Parrots) - The Parrot Place
Birds (General) - Facebook groups such as New Zealand Bird Clubs and Breeders page.
Lizards (Beardies, Leopard Gecko) - Facebook groups such as NZ Reptile/Amphibian Keepers. “Dragonland” bearded dragon breeder.

All the best with your search, and feel free to check out our Article section online.

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