Just to let everyone know that we have now completed our interview processes and Pesque has a wonderful home awaiting him in Lower Hutt. He will live with a vegetarian couple, two rescued sows and many other fortunate animals. However, we are still looking for a suitable foster home in the Auckland area where he can be neutered and stay for four weeks - to ensure he is no longer fertile. If you are able to offer him a safe stopover home, please contact us at
Human acts of kindness
Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:00
Is there anything more beautiful and more attractive in human beings than acts of compassion?
Sweet home found for Cornelius
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00
When Sam Vrij said she was happy to offer Cornelius a home with her chickens, her visiting ducks and her big lonely boy named Duckling, I couldn’t wait to visit her property. I had a very good feeling about Sam, so I took Cornelius with me… and he never came back.
Inside a large settling-in enclosure, Sam had prepared a choice of two sleeping areas, a big paddling pool and plenty of food. After a few days of resident animals paying him visits through the wire mesh, he would be allowed to free-range the rural property with them.
Here are some updates from Sam:
“Cornelius has settled in well and has chosen the house nearest the fence to sleep in tonight. Our rooster, my two other hens and a couple of the wild ducks have been up the back with him this evening checking him out. I got home about half an hour ago and he has taken himself to bed. “Cornelius is doing well, just hanging out with Duckling and two wild ducks. Like them, he now refuses to go into his house. LOL.”
Cornelius's original advert and videos: Click here
Dogs need plenty of exercise and socialisation
Thursday, 21 April 2016 00:00
Our rescue dogs need plenty of exercise and stimulation with lots of dogs to keep them happy, healthy and well socialised. Bronxy, Pablo and Vernie especially love their energetic romps at Sanders Reserve in Paremoremo.
For more info and photos of Pablo, Vernie and Bronxy: Click Here
Beautiful stray rabbit – is he your baby?
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 13:31
Have you lost a cute rabbit? Do you want to adopt a cute rabbit?
When North Shore residents noticed a gorgeous bunny visiting their gardens in late March they worried that dogs or cats might harm him. When Tracey’s husband captured him, she contacted us. Tracey is pictured with the bunny in her arms. With all of our enclosures full, we asked her to look after him for a week… and fortunately she agreed. He is now with us and is a delightful boy!
We are sure someone must be looking for this rabbit, so please share this post if you live in Auckland. Meanwhile we have given him a vaccination, inserted a micro-chip and named him Sammy after our wonderful long-term volunteer, Sam, who is closely involved in his care. (Sam is pictured with Sammy and vet Greg from Bayvet).
If no-one comes forward for him, Sammy will soon be available for adoption. Early applications are welcome at
NOTE: If you find a stray rabbit, please don’t expect it to survive without human intervention. Keep it safely contained with food and water, phone vet clinics in the area, put leaflets in letterboxes and make posters, advertise on Pets on the Net, Trade Me and the Pet Rescue Site. The rabbit may be micro-chipped so please ask your local vet to scan it.
Friday, 15 April 2016 14:51
Do you need more animals in your life? Why not give volunteering a go? Here are some photos of just a few of the things Animal Re-homing volunteers get up to. At the moment we especially need more regular dog walkers to take the shelter dogs out for fun and adventurous exercise! If you're interested, send an email to
with your availability and any experience.
Huge thanks to Carla
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 00:00
Today we acknowledge the kindness and dedication of Carla Bryan Beardshaw for regularly growing, donating & delivering cat grass to our shelter. Grass is an essential part of a cat’s diet and, because all of our rescued cats remain indoors until they are adopted, we must provide it for them. We can never have enough... so please contact us if you are also a green fingered soul.
In 2012 Carla and her son George offered to volunteer for Animal Re-homing, so we have shared many experiences. We have been the happy recipients of her delicious vegan baking; she has transported animals and their paraphernalia; dropped food scraps in our letterbox for our various rescued birds; fed at-risk geese every day until we trapped them for relocation; fostered a rehabilitating dog and hedgehogs for us at short notice; attended rallies & protests; and helped us move a previously homeless woman and her three dogs into new accommodation - a major undertaking! (See the last photo taken when the house move was complete).
Thank you so much Carla – we recognise your very special qualities and appreciate all the assistance and support you continue to give us. You are an exceptional woman!
Sick of cruel farming practices?
Friday, 08 April 2016 06:04
We are outraged by cruel farming practises in New Zealand! The inhumane colony cages for egg laying hens, that have already been banned in more progressive countries, are being phased-in in NZ. What a joke! If you don’t want to be part of the animal abuse, check out the Vegan Food Fair 2016 in Auckland this coming Sunday. Taste delicious cruelty-free food and learn why veganism is becoming such a popular lifestyle.
Let Countdown know you won't be shopping there while they continue to sell eggs from caged hens. It's time they followed in their Australian counterpart's footsteps and banned them for good. Click here
Cruel Colony Cages on TV3 tonight
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 20:46
Are colony cages any more bearable for hens than the old battery cages?
You decide... NOT TO BE MISSED: TONIGHT TV3’s Story will air a brand new investigation into the ‘humane’ alternative to battery cages. Watch at 7pm and check back in here with us after.
Pet duck seeks pampering home
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:52
Cornelius is a charming and friendly Muscovy duck who must be adopted into a home where he is treated as a beloved pet. He will need affectionate interaction with caregiver(s) and it would be a bonus if he had another Muscovy or two to hang out with – he also enjoys the company of the shelter’s rabbits and hen. He loves bathing, so his successful applicant will need to have a pond or a pool for him to splash about in. He wags his tail when he sees someone approaching him, when he is given his twice-daily meals and when he’s heading up the ramp into his cosy sleeping quarters. He is simply a happy and delightful boy!
It wasn’t always this good. Cornelius and his mate had their wings roughly clipped (so they couldn’t fly home) and were abandoned at a public park. They had no idea how to fend for themselves and sadly, his female companion was rescued too late and died of starvation. Cornelius began walking around in circles with swollen nostrils clearly mourning his loss until a lovely woman named Cornelia rescued him and contacted us. Cornelius has now completed his medications for a suspected lung infection and is enjoying life at our shelter. Much as we love him, we now need to find him a permanent home where he will be equally appreciated.
If you would like to offer a home for Cornelius that’s safe from predators and poachers, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us at