Getting to Zero

Hundreds of thousands of healthy and treatable cats and dogs are being abandoned and killed in pounds, shelters and vet clinics each year in Australia. This is preventable.

Getting to Zero (G2Z) aims to increase responsibility for companion animals so that every community can achieve zero euthanasia of all healthy and treatable cats and dogs and find safe and happy homes with responsible guardians for all abandoned and homeless cats and dogs.

The Getting to Zero Model details the principles and strategies for reducing the numbers of incoming cats and dogs to pounds and shelters and saving 90% of all incoming stray and surrendered cats and dogs in a whole community.

The model is based on Animal Welfare League Queensland’s successful strategies in reducing incoming animals and reducing euthanasia rates in Gold Coast City, Australia, a city with over half a million people. Because Animal Welfare League Queensland manages all of Gold Coast City’s stray and abandoned animals, it has been possible to develop a whole community change model, transferrable to other cities and towns.

We hope all communities, local governments and animal welfare groups will be equally as passionate about being part of this Getting to Zero evolution in Australia.

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