Animal management is provided across the City in a number of situations including households, sports fields and facilities, urban parks, bushland reserves (containing over 190 kilometres of tracks and trails - most available for on-lead walking), roads and footpaths.
These areas include playgrounds, historic parks and gardens, riparian reserves, foreshores, amenity areas, picnic areas and bushland spanning a range of environments from the foreshore of the River Derwent to the alpine summit of Mt Wellington.
Animal management in the City is principally related to dogs, but the Council also has responsibility for managing other animals in the municipal area. These include, but are not limited to horses, goats, cows, sheep, pigs, feral cats, and injured wildlife.
Dog management is undertaken within the Dog Control Act 2000 and the Council's Dog Management Strategy (2008-2013) with the aim of continually facilitating and promoting a harmonious relationship between people, dogs and the environment; and promoting a caring, happy and safe environment for dogs.
The Council is associated with a number of organisations involved in animal management including: