About Getting 2 Zero

The Getting to Zero Model details the principles, structures and strategies for achieving zero killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs (more than 90% of all incoming stray and surrendered cats and dogs) in whole communities.

For details of how this model came about and what has been achieved to date, see the menu on the right hand side.


Through the application of the Getting to Zero model, 85% of the 7000 stray and surrendered cats and dogs in Gold Coast City (population 500 000 people and growing by 13000 to 16000 each year) were saved i.e. reclaimed or rehomed in 2009/10. This includes 91% of all incoming dogs and 76% of incoming cats in 2009/10.

All healthy cats and dogs were saved. 8% of incoming dogs and 9% of incoming cats were deemed untreatable i.e. very sick or very aggressive, with a poor prognosis for rehabilitation. AWLQ only had to save another 1% of dogs and 15% of cats (all treatable) to be at zero euthanasia of all healthy and treatable cats and dogs for a whole city.

This save rate is much higher than most other pounds and shelters where euthanasia rates are on average about 40% of dogs and 60% of cats.

By accepting an additional almost 3000 cats and dogs from surrounding cities and shires, the rehoming of 640 treatable Gold Coast dogs and cats in 2009/10 was unable to be achieved. Once surrounding communities apply the Getting to Zero Model, Gold Coast City will have achieved zero, and surrounding cities and shires will also be able to reduce their oversupply and achieve zero euthanasia of healthy and treatable cats and dogs.

It has been identified by AWL Qld and other proactive shelters internationally that 90% of stray and surrendered dogs and cats in a large city are either healthy or treatable and should be rehomed. Euthanasia should only occur if an animal is irremediably suffering or if a dog is vicious (i.e. exhibits aggression towards people even when the dog is not hungry, in pain, or frightened) and the prognosis for rehabilitation is poor. In a whole city these animals represent less than 10% of all stray and surrendered animals.

AWL Qld, via the G2Z program, is keen to help other communities and municipalities implement the successful Getting to Zero Model so that all healthy and treatable cats and dogs can be saved nationwide.

We hope you will be equally as passionate about being part of this Getting to Zero Evolution in Australia. Please complete the Getting to Zero Checklist to show where your community is at, in Getting to Zero. Once completed and returned to us, we can do some pre-assessment and then meet with you to discuss how we can help.


  1. Self-Audit - Complete Getting to Zero Checklist
  2. Forward self-audit to G2Z at info@g2z.org.au
  3. Read and agree to the G2Z Participant Code of Ethics
  4. Follow-up Meeting with members of the Getting to Zero team to discuss strategic needs and possible future assistance