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.

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Cost of living starts to bite

One of the questions we are most frequently asked on social media is: “Why are so many dogs being surrendered? Is it the cost of living crisis?” The answer is yes. Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania CEO Mark Wild said anecdotal evidence pointed to an increasing number of people citing financial difficulties as the primary reason for surrendering their dog. “We can see through our in-house reporting that money worries account for more and more people bringing their dogs to us,” Mark said. “It’s distressing for families to have to part with a beloved pet because they are no longer able to adequately care for them.”

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What a weekend

It’s been a busy time for staff and volunteers at the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania, with plenty of events to keep us out and about. We held successful barbecues at Bunnings stores in Glenorchy and Kings Meadows; had a stall at the 2023 Pet Expo at Princes Wharf 1; attended The Hanging Garden annual Halloween canine-themed event, Hellhounds; and the dedicated ladies of the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania Auxiliary hosted their annual fundraising fair at the Lindisfarne Community Activities Centre.

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Buddy's high-paw

Buddy – you’ve got a friend in me

Our latest happy rehoming tale is about Buddy, who had a tough start. When he was adopted, new owner Ken vowed to make up for lost time and give Buddy the best life he could. Time to get out the tissues.

“I always promised myself when I retired that I would get another Labrador and preferably an older rescue dog. He is spoilt rotten, shadows my every move and is certainly the boss in my house. He’s living the dream life.”

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Pete asks Dogs’ Home alumna, Evie, ‘where are you now?’

It’s Special CorresPAWndent Pete here, with one of my long-awaited Where Are They Now? Interviews. I’ve been so busy and important with my glamorous work as the face of the Dogs’ Homes Winter Appeal, I just haven’t had the time! But now I’m back, and I’m ready to grumble. Today, I’m talking to Evie, who has been with her forever family since 2017 after being found wandering the streets as just a pup.

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Lexi’s new life in the Huon Valley

The joy of adoption and getting to know your new family member is a special one for all dog lovers.

Ruth recalls when she saw Lexi go up for adoption. “When this little face appeared on the Dog’s Home page one year ago, I knew I’d found our next family member. I showed Steve the photo of Lexi, handed him the car keys and our other pooch Poppy, and sent him on the adoption mission.”

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Take your dog on a Sniffari!

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

Along the walk are ‘sniff stations’ filled with exciting sniffy items for your dog to enjoy. A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times greater than ours. It is through their amazing noses that they see the world. So, I guess you could say this is a cinematic experience for them!

Every dollar raised from Sniffaries goes directly to helping our dogs.

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:


Safe and caring homes for every dog.

Dog Welfare

Every year we care for over 3000 dogs in need.


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 and rehome dogs

Our Sponsors & Partners

Our Supporters

TG & JM Matthews Foundation

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

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