We help lost and unwanted dogs throughout Tasmania

Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania has been here for dogs for more than 70 years. We re-unite lost dogs with their families and find new homes for unwanted dogs. We are committed to zero euthanasia of healthy, temperamentally sound dogs.

Find love at first woof | Meet the dogs in the spotlight

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You not-so-little ripper! Doesn’t Rip have the most adorable smile?

Rip is a German Shepherd who will soon be two years old and weighs 33kg. We are told he knows sit, heel, shake, and the all-important get out, comes when called and is toilet trained.

However, his training may have lapsed a little: “Rip is a sweet boy who is very friendly,” staff at our Burnie Home say. “However, he will need some basic training.” Luckily, he’s still young and endowed with an eager-to-please nature so he should enjoy training. 

He enjoys all forms of water sports, whether that be at the beach, dam, river or just splashing about under the garden sprinkler. We’re told he enjoys the company of other dogs. He’s not suitable for a household with small animals or livestock. 
 
🐾 Handsome fellow
🐾 Needs training
🐾 Friendly nature
🐾 Eager to please
🐾 Loves water play

Every dog is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms, and has had a standard health check. Each dog has also been behaviourally assessed.

If you are interested in meeting Rip, please use the link below to submit an expression of interest. Please include as much detail as you can about the life you could provide for a new dog. Staff from our Burnie Home will contact those suitable to chat and arrange an appointment. 
https://www.dhot.com.au/adopt-a-dog/expressions-of-interest/

Please note:
🐾 We can only accept EOIs under the correct dog's name. Please don't select another dog's name in the drop-down menu.
🐾 If you cannot see the dog's name in the list, it's because we have hit the maximum number of EOIs we are able to accept for that dog.
🐾 We may not be able to contact all unsuccessful applicants.
🐾 We appreciate you may want to increase your chances of being selected as a new fur parent, but contacting us to reiterate information in your application only takes us away from our doggie duties and does not increase your chances. Thank you for understanding.
🐾 Online expressions of interest have opened 🐾

Lilly has the striking looks Huskies are renowned for, with her mismatched eyes and gorgeous coat.

She’s about two and a half years old and weighs 24kg. We don’t have much information about her, but we are told she is toilet trained.

“Lilly is a very sweet girl who loves affection,” staff at our Burnie Home say. “However, she is quite shy and is a naturally quiet dog. We would prefer she went to a home where her new humans experience with Huskies.”

She will need regular grooming. Thankfully she enjoys both a bath and being brushed, hurray! She also likes going to the beach for a splash which is a great way to burn off excess energy.

🐾 Sweet nature
🐾 Loves affection
🐾 Naturally quiet
🐾 Beach baby

Every dog is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms, and has had a standard health check. Each dog has also been behaviourally assessed.

If you are interested in meeting Lilly, please use the link below to submit an expression of interest. Please include as much detail as you can about the life you could provide for a new dog. Staff from our Burnie Home will contact those suitable to chat and arrange an appointment. 
https://www.dhot.com.au/adopt-a-dog/expressions-of-interest/

Please note:
🐾 We can only accept EOIs under the correct dog's name. Please don't select another dog's name in the drop-down menu.
🐾 If you cannot see the dog's name in the list, it's because we have hit the maximum number of EOIs we are able to accept for that dog.
🐾 We may not be able to contact all unsuccessful applicants.
🐾 We appreciate you may want to increase your chances of being selected as a new fur parent, but contacting us to reiterate information in your application only takes us away from our doggie duties and does not increase your chances. Thank you for understanding.
🐾 Billy and Bob's online expressions of interest have closed 🐾

All hail the Chihuahua: a dog that is small but mighty. Mighty cute, that is.

These two are Chihuahua x pups who are eight weeks old. Billy is the big boy of the two, weighing in at 2kg, while Bob, who has a patch over one eye, is 1.6kg. We expect them to be about 7kg when fully grown. See them playing with a staff member's Miniature Dachshund (who is definitely not up for adoption!) in the comments.

“They are super playful pups who love a wrestle,” staff say. “They love attention. Bob loves a snuggle in your jacket while Billy is a tummy rub fan. They’ve been doing gymnastics in my office!”

They’ve been having some time in foster care with another dog. “They all love a cuddle and to get outside in the garden,” their foster carer said. “Their tails are always wagging.”

Like all puppies, they will need training and socialisation with people and other dogs. Puppy preschool is a great way to kick both goals out of the park and have one heck of a good time too.

🐾 Small but mighty
 🐾 Lifetime of love
🐾 … and responsibility
🐾 Will need training
🐾 … and socialisation

Every dog is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms, and has had a standard health check. Each dog has also been behaviourally assessed.
🐾 Online expressions of interest have opened 🐾

Captain is hoping to chart a course into someone’s heart and sail out of our Launceston Home.

He’s a Maremma x who is a year and a half old and weighs 31kg. He has previously been putting his breeding to good use guarding a flock of ducks.

Captain has spent most of this time outside with his ducky friends, so can get a little startled by unfamiliar noises. He doesn’t have any obedience or toilet training but comes when called “when he wants to”, and we're told he keeps his pen nice and clean so maybe he's just a naturally tidy guy.

He can be initially a little reserved with people but once he warms up, he is a friendly, sweet boy who loves to lean into you for a scratch. He’s not suitable for a home with cats or other small animals. Although Captain is an experienced duck guardian, he doesn’t like chickens.

Captain has mostly spent his time down on the farm and will need a family who have plenty of space for him, and the patience to work on his obedience training and show him what life is like in the wider world. He hasn't been around children, so we think a quieter home without children would be best to help him adjust to his new life. We’d prefer he went to people who have experience with the singular breed that is the Maremma.

🐾 Daffy for ducks
🐾 Simple farm lad
🐾 Little experience
🐾 Needs training …
🐾 And toilet work

Every dog is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms, and has had a standard health check. Each dog has also been behaviourally assessed.

If you are interested in meeting Captain, please use the link below to submit an expression of interest. Please include as much detail as you can about the life you could provide for a new dog. Staff from our Launceston Home will contact those suitable to chat and arrange an appointment. 
www.dhot.com.au/adopt-a-dog/expressions-of-interest/

Please note:
🐾 We can only accept EOIs under the correct dog's name. Please don't select another dog's name in the drop-down menu.
🐾 If you cannot see the dog's name in the list, it's because we have hit the maximum number of EOIs we are able to accept for that dog.
🐾 We may not be able to contact all unsuccessful applicants.
🐾 We appreciate you may want to increase your chances of being selected as a new fur parent, but contacting us to reiterate information in your application only takes us away from our doggie duties and does not increase your chances. Thank you for understanding.
🐾 Online expressions of interest have opened 🐾

Doesn’t JoJo look happy? We can bet no one has told her she has to lay off the treats and lose some weight. She just thinks she offers more to love.

She’s a Beagle who comes in at 20kg (a-hem!) and will be three years old in October. We’re told she knows sit and stay, comes when called, and is toilet trained.

We are told she loves car rides almost as much as she loves company, attention and affection, and will do anything for a treat. That bodes well for a training update but will need to be balanced with the dieting that’s in her future.

JoJo hasn’t lived with children or other dogs, but has lived with a cat in the past. There’s no guarantee she will get on with cats in her new home. 

🐾 Lots to love …
🐾 But needs a diet
🐾 Some training
🐾 Enjoys company
🐾 Cuddle monster

Every dog is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms, and has had a standard health check. Each dog has also been behaviourally assessed.

If you are interested in meeting JoJo, please use the link below to submit an expression of interest. Please include as much detail as you can about the life you could provide for a new dog. Staff from our Burnie Home will contact those suitable to chat and arrange an appointment. 
www.dhot.com.au/adopt-a-dog/expressions-of-interest/

Please note:
🐾 We can only accept EOIs under the correct dog's name. Please don't select another dog's name in the drop-down menu.
🐾 If you cannot see the dog's name in the list, it's because we have hit the maximum number of EOIs we are able to accept for that dog.
🐾 We may not be able to contact all unsuccessful applicants.
🐾 We appreciate you may want to increase your chances of being selected as a new fur parent, but contacting us to reiterate information in your application only takes us away from our doggie duties and does not increase your chances. Thank you for understanding.
🐾 Online expressions of interest have opened 🐾

Here’s Butch, who we can only think was named ironically as he is anything but. See video of this cutie in the comments.

He’s a Maltese x who will be 12 years old in August and weighs 6.5kg. He has been with us for nearly three months, spending time in foster care as he recovered from major dental surgery. We don’t know a lot about this guy but our foster carer reports he’s toilet trained.

“Butch is a very sweet, affectionate dog who is very happy just to be with you but is also happy to spend some time on his own,” our kind carer says. They also say Butch got on fine with their cat.

He loves a good snooze in the sun, and really loves sleeping on top of the couch. We’re seeking a quiet retirement home for him where a couch in the sun is a must-have.

🐾 Sweet older dog
🐾 Toilet trained
🐾 Affectionate guy
🐾 Quiet home

Every dog is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms, and has had a standard health check. Each dog has also been behaviourally assessed.

If you are interested in meeting Butch, please use the link below to submit an expression of interest. Please include as much detail as you can about the life you could provide for a new dog. Staff from our Hobart Home will contact those suitable to chat and arrange an appointment. 
www.dhot.com.au/adopt-a-dog/expressions-of-interest/

Please note:
🐾 We can only accept EOIs under the correct dog's name. Please don't select another dog's name in the drop-down menu.
🐾 If you cannot see the dog's name in the list, it's because we have hit the maximum number of EOIs we are able to accept for that dog.
🐾 We may not be able to contact all unsuccessful applicants.
🐾 We appreciate you may want to increase your chances of being selected as a new fur parent, but contacting us to reiterate information in your application only takes us away from our doggie duties and does not increase your chances. Thank you for understanding.
🐾 Online expressions of interest have opened 🐾

Just think: if you adopt Lego, you can refer to your home as LEGOLAND.

Lego may look like a thylacine, but he’s actually a Greyhound who weighs 33.5kg and will be three years old in September. He has passed his unmuzzling assessment and has his orange collar to prove it. As far as training goes, we can see that he’s partial to a piece of cheese …

He spent some time in foster care and received a glowing report: “He is quiet and gentle, is very social with people and dogs, and loves a cuddle!” his carer says. “He loves the beach, and generally wants to spend all his time in someone's company whether it's for a snooze or out and about in the garden.”

“Lego would love his humans to be around him most of the time, otherwise he gets lonely,” our foster care guru says. “He is a leaner and will lean his whole body weight into you.”

🐾 Quiet nature …
🐾 And gentle too
🐾 Cuddle monster
🐾 Loves people …
🐾 And other dogs

Every dog is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms, and has had a standard health check. Each dog has also been behaviourally assessed.

If you are interested in meeting Lego, please use the link below to submit an expression of interest. Please include as much detail as you can about the life you could provide for a new dog. Staff from our Hobart Home will contact those suitable to chat and arrange an appointment. 
www.dhot.com.au/adopt-a-dog/expressions-of-interest/

Please note:
🐾 We can only accept EOIs under the correct dog's name. Please don't select another dog's name in the drop-down menu.
🐾 If you cannot see the dog's name in the list, it's because we have hit the maximum number of EOIs we are able to accept for that dog.
🐾 We may not be able to contact all unsuccessful applicants.
🐾 We appreciate you may want to increase your chances of being selected as a new fur parent, but contacting us to reiterate information in your application only takes us away from our doggie duties and does not increase your chances. Thank you for understanding.
🐾 Online expressions of interest have opened 🐾

What a pretty girl is young Tilly.

She’s a German Shepherd who is eight months old and weighs 27.5kg. We’re told she has a beautiful sit, comes when called and is toilet trained, but that’s about the size of it. Fortunately, she has youth on her side on the training front.

We are looking for owners with experience with German Shepherds, as Silly Tilly is a high-energy teenager who is very typical of her breed. She can be vocal when meeting other dogs, although she lived with a dog in the past. She’s not suitable for a home with younger children until she gets her puppyish rambunctious side under control.

Tilly loves playing with her toys. She has mostly been a backyard dog but would love to get out and explore the wider world (from the end of a lead, of course!) and socialise with everyone.

🐾 Silly teenager
🐾 High energy
🐾 Some training …
🐾 Needs more

Every dog is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms, and has had a standard health check. Each dog has also been behaviourally assessed.

If you are interested in meeting Tilly, please use the link below to submit an expression of interest. Please include as much detail as you can about the life you could provide for a new dog. Staff from our Hobart Home will contact those suitable to chat and arrange an appointment. 
www.dhot.com.au/adopt-a-dog/expressions-of-interest/

Please note:
🐾 We can only accept EOIs under the correct dog's name. Please don't select another dog's name in the drop-down menu.
🐾 If you cannot see the dog's name in the list, it's because we have hit the maximum number of EOIs we are able to accept for that dog.
🐾 We may not be able to contact all unsuccessful applicants.
🐾 We appreciate you may want to increase your chances of being selected as a new fur parent, but contacting us to reiterate information in your application only takes us away from our doggie duties and does not increase your chances. Thank you for understanding.

To view more dogs available for adoption, please head to each Home's location under 'adopt a dog'. 

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A Sniffari is a ‘sniffing safari’ for your dog. Our Sniffari is a bushland walk located within the expansive land behind our Hobart Home.

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Get your paws on the Dogs' Homes Calendar

The Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania calendar is a tribute to the remarkable dogs who have graced our lives and the hearts of those who have adopted them.

Each photograph tells a unique story of love, resilience, and second chances. With each page you turn, you can’t help but imagine the lives these dogs now lead, the happiness they bring to their families, and the love they receive in return.

Every dollar raised from the sale of these calendars goes directly toward supporting the Dogs’ Homes that have been serving Tasmania for an incredible 73 years. It ensures that dogs in need receive critical medical care, support, and a chance to find new loving homes.

Buy your calendar today and help Tassie dogs in need. 

Our core focuses:

Adoption

Safe and caring homes for every dog.

Dog Welfare

Every year we care for over 3000 dogs in need.

Education

We promote responsible dog ownership at schools and in the community.

Every donation big or small makes a positive difference

Each donation goes to helping care for & rehome dogs

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At Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country of
lutruwita/Tasmania and their enduring connections to land, sea and community. We pay respect to their
Elders past and present for they hold the memories, knowledge, culture and hopes  of Aboriginal
Tasmanians. 

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