Our History (including Annual Reports)

The Tasmania Canine Defence League Inc. (TCDL) was first established in 1950. The TCDL is a non-profit organisation caring for Tasmania’s stray, lost and abandoned dogs. The first official Dogs’ Home opened at Derwent Park in 1957. The Devonport Dogs’ Home was established in 1969 and the Burnie Dogs’ Home in 1980. The current Hobart Dogs’ Home at Risdon Vale began operation in 1991. Approximately 3,500 lost, stray or abandoned dogs pass through the Dogs’ Homes each year. The majority are reclaimed or adopted out.

We Are Committed to:

  • Providing the best possible care to all dogs who pass through the Dogs’ Homes.
  • Promoting the dual responsibilities of dog ownership – caring for your dog and caring for your community.
  • Promoting the desexing of dogs.
  • Delivering humane education programs to school and the wider community.
  • ‘Get to Zero’ euthanasia (g2z.org.au)

Constitution, Philosophy, & Members’ Code of Ethics:

Click on the link below to download a copy of the Tasmanian Canine Defence League Inc. Constitution, including it’s Philosophy & Member’s Code of Ethics, in PDF format.
Constitution, Philosophy, & Members’ Code of Ethics

Annual Reports:

Click on the links below to download a copy of the Tasmanian Canine Defence League Inc. Annual Reports in PDF format.


Nestle Purina Petcare are proud sponsors of the Animal Welfare League Australia, providing food and pet care support for dogs and cats in their care.

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