Huon Valley Dog Walking Association
The Huon Valley Dog Walking Association Inc. was started in October 2011 by a group of people who perceived the need for improved facilities for dog walking in the Huon Valley.
The main aims of the Association are:
To help make available safe dog exercise areas in our towns.
To have social walks on a regular basis.
To help enhance the image of dogs in general through safe practices, education and training.
To promote responsible dog ownership.
The HVDWA currently has 80 financial members and more than 100 members of our Facebook group.
Our regular walks, which visit various locations around the Huon Valley, including forests, beaches, town centres and dog exercise areas, are well patronised and a source of fun and exercise for both dogs and their owners.
Through our quarterly newsletter, 'Tails of the Valley', we communicate with our members and other dog owners throughout the Huon Valley. 'Tails of the Valley' is emailed to members and distributed in print at local dog related businesses such as pet stores, veterinary practices, groomers and pet food suppliers, as well as local markets, health and community centres and Huon LINC.
Since its formation in 2011, the HVDWA has firmly established itself within the Huon Valley community as an active and involved group. The Association’s core aims are achieved through our presence at local events as well as initiating projects in the community. Our relationship with Huon Valley Council, community groups and local enterprises continues to strengthen as we work to improve conditions for dogs and their owners around the valley.
The HVDWA actively supports and raises funds for worthy causes such as the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania and Brightside Animal Sanctuary. Several of our members volunteered at the inaugural Huonville RSPCA ‘Million Paws Walk’ in 2015.
The HVDWA has close ties with other Tasmanian Dog walking clubs and is represented on the Committee of Tasmanian Dog Walking Clubs, Inc.
Despite being a ‘young’ Association, the HVDWA has achieved much. Over the past two years, the HVDWA has been involved with the Huon Valley Council and the Huonville Recreation Area Management Advisory Committee to create a safe and attractive area where locals and visitors can exercise their dogs off-lead. We raised money towards plants and seating for the area and assisted the council with planting and design of the area. This much needed space is now a popular destination for dog walkers as well as a planned emergency evacuation area for domestic pets in the event of bushfire or other emergency.
We hold annual educational workshops and seminars covering dog care and behaviour which receive excellent feedback from attendees.
‘The Summer Survival Guide-for dogs’, compiled and published by the HVDWA, is a booklet aimed at helping visitors to the Huon Valley and is distributed to information centres and pet related businesses each summer holiday season.
If you want to ...
Help to socialise your dog
Explore the Valley
Be part of a network of animal lovers and animal professionals
...joining the Huon Valley Dog Walking Association may be just for you!
Contact us for more information and news of our forthcoming activities.
Find us on Facebook
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