Here is a directory of useful links to organisations that might be able to help you with dog matters in Tasmania.
Dogs in National Parks and Reserves
Dogs and other pets are not allowed in Tasmania's national parks and nature reserves, not even on a lead or within your car. However, dogs are welcome in many Conservation Areas, Regional Reserves and Nature Recreation Areas, and some State Reserves. See this Parks & Wildlife Service page for details.
Brightside is a farm sanctuary for rescue animals and has a dog adoption service.
Dogs Homes of Tasmania
The Dogs Homes of Tasmania operate dog pounds and adopt dogs.
People wanting to walk dogs may also apply to volunteer at the Dogs Homes of Tasmania.
Dogs Tasmania (Tasmanian Canine Association) administers activities associated with purebred dogs, including showing and obedience trials, and is a member of the Australian National Kennel Club. Contact Dogs Tasmania about purebred dogs.
The RSPCA investigates cruelty cases and has a dog adoption service.
Greyhound Adoption Program Tasmania
TasRacing operates a not-for-profit adoption program to try and find homes for greyhounds after their racing career. Greyhound Adoption Program
Small Paws Animal Rescue
Small Paws Animal Rescue is an independent animal rescue caring for small animals in need.
Dog training clubs
Tasmanian has a number of dog obedience clubs and private dog trainers.
Hobart Dog Training Club - conducts classes on Hobart's Domain
Eastern Shore Dog Obedience Club - conducts classes at the South Street Training Ground, Bellerive
Southern Obedience Club - operates at Kingston
Ideally, each Tasmanian municipality would have its own dog walking association to represent local dog owners and liaise with the Council.
The Tasmanian Dog Walking Clubs Association currently has member organisations in these Council areas:
Derwent Valley Dog Walking Association
Hobart Dog Walking Association Inc
Kingborough Dog Walking Association
Huon Valley Dog Walking Association
Sorell and Districts Dog Walking Association
Local Government Association of Tasmania.
The Local Government Association of Tasmania website has a list, maps and contact details of all Tasmanian municipal areas and Council.
This Word document from Dog Friendly Tasmania contains links to each council's web page about dog exercise areas.
Dogs and child safety
Delta Dog Safe
Delta Dog Safe is a Delta Society program that aims to teach children appropriate behaviour around animals.
Doggone Safe is a US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to dog bite prevention through education.
Charities helping homeless people with animals
Pets in the Park
Pets in the Park is a charity that cares for pets that are owned for by the homeless or people at risk of homelessness.
A Paw Up
A Paw up helps the homeless or people at risk of homelessness care for their pets. A Paw Up welcomes donations of pet food, treats, leads, collars and toys. Find out about A Paw Up's donation points.
This story about A Paw Up in Tasmania appeared on the ABC.
Other useful links
Tasmanian Lost Pet Register on Facebook: a free service created to reunite lost and found pets with their families.