Kiwikiwi Hounds Adoption Charitable Trust

Welcome to 

Kiwikiwi Hounds

Greyhound Adoption

Interested in adopting a greyhound? Please make sure you read our FAQ page.


We have been inundated with applications needing a cat trainable greyhound. Unfortunately, the demand is far higher than availability. To put this into some perspective - in the 18 months we have been operating, we have rehomed 1 cat trainable greyhound out of the 24 adoptions we have completed.

Therefore, we will acknowledge any applications needing a cat trainable greyhound but we will not go any further until we have suitable greyhounds available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

New fleece double layer coats added! Check them out!

Traffic Light System Update

Our rehoming team are all double vaccinated and hold current vaccination passports. The validation app is currently installed on Jo's cell phone and ready for use.

Our plan going forward for homechecks is to continue to do them in person wherever possible, observing social distancing, mask wearing etc. If this is not possible we shall continue to do homechecks via Zoom.

Handovers/adoptions are trickier as we personally take the dog to the family and help settle them. This process usually takes over an hour and is a key part of our rehoming process. We would anticipate continuing with this observing once again social distancing, mask wearing etc.

Events will be conducted on a case by case basis and we would be working closely with the 'host' of the venue.  

Open Day at Addington - walk the track, tour the kennels. See events page for full details! 

This will now take place in February - date to be confirmed!

Kiwikiwi Hounds Adoption Charitable Trust - We are now a Charitable Trust

Paris (unraced) is our first adoption outside of Canterbury! We want to thank her new family for being so patient and for taking Paris into their home. 

Level 2 Covid

Under Level 2, we are happy to rehome our hounds and would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding. We take our responsibilities very seriously and adopting dogs out under Level 3 did not fit in with how we operate.

Level 3 Covid

Under level 3 restrictions we are unwilling to rehome/move dogs to or from foster as this would have to be completely contactless. We are also unable to complete physical home checks. 

We are currently conducting video calls with our new applicants, so please still complete our adoption questionnaire if you would like to adopt a greyhound once restrictions are lifted.

Our foster homes are doing an awesome job and we are keeping in contact with them.

Hopefully back to normal sooner rather than later. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

ATTENTION ALL RICHARD SKIPWORTH FANS!!!!! Rich's awesome Lockdown Doodles Portfolio book is available in New Zealand from Kiwikiwi Hounds 🥳

108 pages, of greyhound fun and colour. $52.00 includes standard post. Courier and RD extra. Please email us at [email protected] to order yours NOW. Numbers are limited so first in best read 😊

Check out our new Adoption Packs - handy to keep contract, vet book, welcoming letter and info all in one place!

We are on the look out for foster homes in Canterbury. You will need to either already have a greyhound or be greyhound savvy, You will need to provide your home, patience and your time. We provide the greyhound! We also will provide kibble, crate, coat, collar and muzzle.

Please complete our questionnaire if you feel this is something you would like to try, stating that you are interested in fostering.

Head to our Martingale Collars page for new and restocked collars! 

12 months after we first launched, we have just completed our 12th adoption (although only 10 months since our first, thanks to Covid).

Whilst it's not about numbers, we are immensely proud of this and say a huge thank you to all who have helped us reach this!

Here's to our next year!

Our 12th adoption

It's a New Year and hopefully a good one!

Last year, we launched our adoption programme, just before the Covid Lockdown - who knew?!

We adopted our first greyhound out at the end of June and in total, we matched eight greyhounds with their families, which we are over the moon with!

We started this year with a meet and greet on New Year's Day, so hopefully will be another greyhound in their forever home.

Not all our greyhounds make it to the website or Facebook page - some we match with their family before that happens. So please, do complete our questionnaire if you are looking to adopt - your greyhound may be already waiting!

Happy New Year to everyone that has supported us and to all those that have joined the Kiwikiwi Hound family.

21 June 2020

We did it! Our first adoption! David (Epic Boom) has headed to his new home. Check our News page for details and our We've Found Our Home page for photos!

A huge congratulations to Sukhveer and David on their new family member!

14 June 2020

We now stock collars and dog collar ID tag clips by Woofo Empawrium. Head to our Martingale Collars page to view!

Something amazing has been in the pipeline for a while and yesterday it happened!! We are so excited to announce that Craig from is generously donating his time and immense talent to photograph our dogs for adoption ❤

Here are some snaps I took of Craig yesterday with Paige (who is for adoption) and Sid and Scarlet (who definitely are not😉) Thank you so much Craig, yesterday was a blast and we cannot wait to work with you again soon!

Scarlet, Sid and Paige

24 May 2020

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help retired racing greyhounds find loving pet homes at the end of their racing career and to actively promote greyhounds as wonderful pets.

Working alongside other rehoming groups, we strive to individually match each dog with a family. We will offer ongoing support and guidance to all adoptive families, for however long is needed after the initial adoption.

We will be working with the Great Mates Rehoming programme, which was set up by Greyhound Racing New Zealand (GRNZ) in 2019.

The Great Mates Rehoming Programme is dedicated to rehoming more greyhounds by providing full assessments, training, grooming, vet care and de-sexing, to fully prepare each retired racing greyhound for a new life as a pet. GRNZ want to give every dog the best chance of being successfully rehomed. Therefore, every dog that enters the GRNZ Great Mates Rehoming Programme will be assessed not as a 'pass' or 'fail' but assessed in what areas they need extra training, to adjust to life as a pet. GRNZ and Nightrave Greyhounds will provide this specialist training. 

Kiwikiwi Hounds Adoption Trust

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