Bay of Islands Animal Rescue Shelter

$4,778 donated
Given by 47 generous donors in one year

To fund the development of a permanent shelter for the Bay of Islands Animal Rescue.


‘Never Ending Story’ had been an animal rescue movement for over 12 years. When its founder, Summer Johnson, moved to the Bay of Islands she saw the need to make a difference. Summer started to rescue, de-sex and rehome animals at first funded entirely out of her own pocket. The movement grew along with a team of fosters and in early 2017, the Bay of Islands Animal Rescue was formed and we are now a registered charity (CC56296).

Our motto is “Never Ending Story” as it sums up exactly what we give to these animals. The story never ends. There are always new stories and often sad stories with happy endings. We have a no kill policy unless it is an extreme case where the kindest thing to do, is send their beautiful soul over the rainbow bridge. This is always the hardest decision to make. Summer has rehabilitated and re-homed hundreds of animals over the years and only a handful have been sent over the rainbow bridge.

Some of our animals are being cared for until they are ready for their new forever homes. Some are being cared for temporarily while their owner is in hospital or rehabilitation. Some will stay in our care as part of our family for the remainder of their life as they are not fit to be rehomed due to various reasons. We also take on animals who have issues at their current home such as dogs chasing stock etc, rehabilitate them and give them back to their owner once the issue is resolved. Our mission behind this, is to save perfectly good animals from unnecessary outcomes and being euthanised.

To date, the charity has rehomed over 3000 dogs as well as hundreds of cats, horses, sheep, pigs, cows, ducks, chickens and even rabbits and alpaca. We run a continuous de-sexing programme and in the 18 months since April 2019 we have de-sexed 252 dogs from the wider community of the Bay of Islands. This work is crucial to breaking the never-ending cycle of unwanted puppies and roaming dogs.

Currently nearly all of our animals are being cared for in foster homes around the Northland region and as far away as Auckland. This results in a constant juggling act for Summer shifting dogs here there and everywhere often at very short notice. A shelter would provide a much needed incoming base for a longer assessment of the animal before moving in to foster care or as an overflow during busier times. It will also give Summer the space she needs to rehabilitate the animals that need extra care.

About us

Bay of Islands Animal Rescue Trust (CC56296) is a group of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the lives of the Animals of Northland NZ.

Bay of Islands Animal Rescue is a rescue and rehoming charity. We are staffed by volunteers and we run purely on donations and fundraising.

We are lucky enough to have amazing support from the community who donate time, materials and money.

BOIAR is a non-profit organization and our members donate their time and energy for their love of animals.

We work with all domestic animals and do our best to find unwanted animals loving homes. We are big on de-sexing and trying to reduce the numbers of unwanted puppies, kittens etc. being born each year.

We also aim to educate owners in how to care for and look after their animals properly. We are happy to offer practical support, basic training and advice to help them care for their animals.

Every animal deserves to be happy, healthy and loved.

Use of funds

To fund the purchase of suitable land and its development as a permanent shelter to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned animals in the wider Bay of Islands area.

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Emily's birthday on 25 Oct 2021
Happy Birthday Emily
JUDITH on 04 Jul 2021
Keep up your wonderful work
Michelle on 07 Apr 2021
love from Michelle from Wellington xx
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Guest Donor on 30 Mar 2021
In memory of my beautiful boxer Ty
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