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Local Info

Places you can take your dog, local rescues & resources for the South Canterbury area.

Off Leash Dog Exercise Areas - TIMARU

Ashbury Park
Marchwiel Park
Timaru Dog Park
Redruth Park
Scenic Reserve (Centennial Park)
West End Park
South Beach
Waimataitai Beach
Otipua Beach
Caroline Bay Beach Tidal Area and only between the “Dogs Prohibited” signs for the penguin friendly areas at either end of the beach - 1 April to 30 September inclusive each year. Beware of seals that are sometimes in the area.
Salt Water Creek Walkway

Training a Puppy


River areas (the river bed, ie shingle, streams and berm areas)
Domain Avenue on the tree walkway between Rayner Street and Murray Street
Temuka Domain (the area between the southern boundary of the Temuka Holiday Park and continuing along the stormwater channel which follows the southern boundary of the Temuka Golf Course and east of the Torepe Fields carpark, sports field and training area).

Reserve opposite Fire Station.
Todd Park

Pleasant Point
River areas (the river bed, ie shingle, stream and berm areas)
Pleasant Point Domain (Fire Brigade practice Area when not in use by Fire Brigade)

Dog in Nature

Dog Friendly Cafes & Eateries


The Speight's Ale House - Dogs on a lead are welcome in the courtyard area. More info here.

Zest Restaurant - Social dogs on a lead are welcome - water bowls ready! Find more info here


The Running Duck - Dogs are welcome in the outdoor area, water bowls will be ready! More info here

Barker's Foodstore & Eatery - Dog are welcome in the outdoor area with two large water bowls available! More info here

Do you know of another cafe or eatery that is happy to have dogs? Get in touch so they can be added to the list!

Maremmano abruzzese sheepdog sitting near the table at italian cafe terrace. Adorable huge

Other Important Information

Dog Registration

All dogs must be registered at the age of three months and from 1 July every year thereafter. Registration is due from 1 July, to be paid by 31 August. If your dog is neutered or spayed or you have Selected Owner Status, you'll get a discounted fee.

More information can be found here

Companion Animals Register New Zealand

Pets may go missing for a number of reasons - spooked by fireworks, a natural disaster or just bolting out an open gate. 

Registration means that as soon as an animal's microchip is scanned by a vet clinic, SPCA or local council they can then contact you and arrange their safe return.

More information can be found here

Lost or found a dog or other animal?

Create a listing here on lost pet

Or list on our local Facebook pages

Pets LOST and FOUND Timaru, South Canterbury

New Zealand Lost Pet Register - NZLPR

Cookapoo Dog

Vet clinics & Pet Shops in South Canterbury

Vet Clinics

Vetlife - Clinics in Timaru, Temuka & Farlie find more info here

Aorangi Vets - Clinics in Timaru, Gerldine & Farlie find more info here

Timaru's Family Vet - Timaru find more info here 

Gateway Vets - Geraldine find more info here

The Blue Cross Veterinary Centre Timaru & Waimate find more info here

Pet Shops
For Pets Sake - Timaru find more info here
Pet Central - Timaru find more info here

Animates Timaru find more info here 

Recommended Online Pet Supply Store
Kiwi Canine - Quality products Christchurch based Find more information here

Pet Direct - Aims to be the most trusted and convenient destination for Kiwi pet parents, offering the finest selection of products, expert advice, and unparalleled service. Find more information here 

Recommended Online Vet Pet Health Blog/Podcast

Our Pet's Health - Helping pet parents understand and optimize the health of their furry family. Created by  local South Canterbury vet! Find out more here

Border Collie with a Bone

Awesome Apps 

Dog Vision - See through the eyes of a dog! Dogs not only see in shades of gray but also can see distinct colors contrary to popular belief. This application simulates dog vision using the device camera. It is great to use if you are shopping for a new toy, see how your dog sees it, you may be surprised! Available on google play here.

Dog DecoderDo you know how to read your dog’s body language? Do you understand when he tries to tell you he’s stressed, or submissive, or ready for fun-time? Can you tell the difference between excitement and fear, or between aggression and the need to play? Dog language can be confusing, but with the help of Dog Decoder, you’ll understand your dog’s signals like a pro. Available on both google play here, and apple here

Sniffspot - Like Air BnB but for dogs! Safe, private dog parks to help you minimize distractions or triggers and maximize time with your dog. An awesome option for dogs that need space, as you book your time to go. Currently there are not any options locally. I would LOVE to see this change! If you have a safe area that you are not using, and would like some extra cash as a side hussle - this could be a great option! Available on both google here and apple here.

Zigzag Puppy Training App - guides you through the ups and downs of puppyhood, ensuring it’s a fun and stress-free journey all the way. Zigzag breaks down the life skills your dog will need to live happily in the world. Available on both google here and apple here.

Happy girl with dog sitting on sofa. Beautiful cheerful woman using silver laptop while si

Local Rescues - Give a dog a home!


Pound Paws is a not-for-profit organisation and has all volunteer workers, They are totally self-funded and rely on fundraising efforts and donations from the public.
The dogs that come into their care come from a variety of places - pounds, farms, vets and the community. Dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, registered, flea/worm treated.  All of the dogs are housed in foster homes.

Pound Paws Rescue | Facebook


If you are interested in adopting, fostering or volunteering, please contact the Timaru SPCA via the website link below or by phoning them to make an appointment.

Timaru Centre SPCA

Looking to adopt a CAT? Try the links below for our local cat rescue groups

Street Cats South Canterbury

Puss n Boots (Temuka Based)

Dog Walker at the Park
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