The Tenterfield Shire is in a unique location in that it consists of rural farming both stock and pasture with National Parks and State Forestry. Tenterfield posses’ opportunities for recreational hunting with the use of specially trained dogs with the aim in reducing ferrel pig numbers in the region. These factors bring special responsibilities for people with companion animals and animals used for the purpose of hunting. The keeping of companion animals although satisfying and rewarding can also impact on the immediate neighbourhood if a thoughtful approach to community living is not implemented.
Council has adopted a community endorsed policy known as “Local Orders for the Keeping of Animals in Urban Areas” while this document covers a range of animals it also focuses on the number of companion animals allowed to be kept in urban areas of the Tenterfield Shire.