International Expert Visits 2017


March/April 2016


Nation wide

We had such an overwhelming response to the shelter visits, consultations and training provided in April and May 2016 that Dr Cindy Karsten and Trish McMillan Loehr have agreed to come back again next year.

We are seeking expressions of interest from those who might be interested in a facility visit or seminar from Trish McMillan Loehr (Shelter Animal Behaviour and Training expert) and Dr Cynthia Karsten (Shelter Medicine expert), particularly in the states of Victoria, NSW and Tasmania. The more people who are keen to avail themselves of this opportunity the less investment will be required for everyone. Although to be confirmed, it looks as if the visit will be timed for somewhere around mid February 2017.

There are many options available from a full facility audit, consultation and report with recommendations, an internal staff training session/s, a daylong seminar, advice on a specific problem or issue or any other options in between.

These two disciplines work incredibly effectively together and can improve efficiencies and save money and lives. If you want to know more about:

  • Managed Intake
  • Behaviour Assessments
  • Capacity for Care
  • Behaviour Modification
  • Disease Management
  • Enrichment
  • Data Analysis and Collection
  • Body Language and Handling
  • Best Practice Shelter Practices
  • Criteria Setting
  • Housing
  • Playgroups

Or any other relevant issue, and how your organisation can implement these life and resource saving elements please let us know by Monday 31st October 2016. If you would like to discuss this opportunity contact us here.



National G2Z Summit


September 2017



The Getting 2 Zero National Summit  is held every two years.

National and international speakers feature and share their success stories and innovative strategies to reduce euthanasia of unwanted pets. The Summit is a wonderful opportunity to connect, learn and network with a wide range of sector and industry volunteers and employees.

The 6th National G2Z Summit was held week commencing Monday 14th September 2015.

For more information click here.

The 5th National G2Z Summit & Workshops was held 10-14 September 2013 at Outrigger Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland. 

For more information click here.

The 4th National G2Z Summit was held 7-9 September 2011 at QT Hotel, Gold Coast, Queensland.

For more information click here.

The 3rd National G2Z Summit was held 30 September - 2 October 2009 at Gold Coast International Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

For more information click here.




National Desexing Month 2016


1-31 July 2016


Nation wide

During the 2015 National Desexing Month, over 230 veterinary clinics around Australia participated by promoting desexing and generously offer special deals to encourage the community to desex their pet in July before the spring breeding season.  The aim is to help prevent the thousands of unwanted cats and dogs which are killed in pounds and shelters each year.

To find out more about National Desexing Month visit the website at





This years event was the most ambitious yet with Workshops taking place over 3 days plus 3 full days of Summit. Happily it surpassed expectations and the vibe throughout the week was truly inspirational. So much positive communication between a wide array of groups and organisations all working in different areas of the sector. The speakers once again well and truly stepped up to the plate to deliver presentations full of information, practical advice and positive energy. We were very lucky to have 8 international speakers this year plus our local speakers which gave a well rounded perspective on what are the latest and most effective companion animal management and welfare strategies and programs.

Our delegates came from State and Local Government, the not for profit   welfare, shelter and rescue sector, and veterinary and pet industries.

Didga the cat made a special appearance  Closing address of G2Z2015 given by Joy Verrinder, Strategic Developemnt Officer, AWLQ  Question time - G2Z2015  KONG Handshake Board

We are pleased to be able to supply speaker papers, associated resources and footage from each presentation via the links below.

International Speakers

Maaike Bouwman - Applied Science student, VHL University, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Maaike Bouwman

Animal sheltering in the Netherlands - Presentation

Jon Cicirelli - Director of Animal Care & Services, City of San Jose, CA, USA

Jon Cicirelli  Jon Cicirelli - Getting animals back home  Jon Cicirelli - Contracting for success

Rethinking our approach to cats - Presentation

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Contracting for success - Presentation

Getting animals back home - Presentation

Dr Arnja Dale - Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare, Unitec University of Technology, Auckland, NZ

Arnja Dale

The comparative welfare status of owned, managed stray and unmanaged stray cats - Presentation

Dr Cynthia Karsten - LazinAlive Outreach Veterinarian, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, CA, USA

Dr Cynthia Karsten  Dr Cynthia Karsten - Managed Intake  Dr Cynthia Karsten - Capacity for Care

Understanding capacity for care and optimising length of stay - Presentation

Million Cat Challenge -Presentation

Managed Intake - Presentation

Betsy McFarland - Vice President, Companion Animals, Humane Society of the United States

Betsy McFarland - Pets for Life  Betsy McFarland - Effectively engaging volunteers 

Pets 4 Life: Reaching underserved communities - Presentation

Pets 4 Life Toolkit

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Keeping pets in their homes - Presentation

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Effectively engaging volunteers - Presentation

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Jan McHugh-Smith - President and CEO, Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region, CO, USA

Jan McHugh-Smith  Jan McHugh-Smith - Shelter Animals Count  Jan McHugh-Smith - Open Adoptions

Increasing adoptions and communty support - Presentation

Return to field program for community cats - Presentation

United States national database for animal welfare - Presentation

Trish McMillan Loehr - Director, Loehr Animal Behavior

Trish McMillan Loehr  Trish McMillan Loehr - Resource guarding  Trish McMillan Loehr - Litter box problems

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Sheltering the hard to shelter dog - Presentation

Litter box problems: Shelter help and owner support - Presentation

The hand that feeds you: Working with resource guarding in shelter dogs - Presentation

Todd Stosuy - Field Services Manager, County of Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Todd Stosuy - Proactive community animal control  Todd Stosuy - Planned Pethood 

Proactive community animal control - Presentation

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Beyond animal control: Daily community education - Presentation

Planned Pethood: Low cost spay and neuter that makes you money - Presentation

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Dr Gabrielle Carter - Low stress handling: Improving outcomes for animals and handlers - Presentation

Dr Gabrielle Carter - Low Stress Handling

Trudie Chant - Mildura collaborative project - Presentation

Trrudie Chant - Mildura collaborative project

Eileen Fletcher - The AMRRIC Staying Safe Around Dogs story - Presentation

Eileen Fletcher - Staying safe around dogs

Melanie Isaacs - G2Z through pound intervention and pet owner support - Presentation

Melanie Isaacs - G2Z through pound intervention and support

Mariko Lauber - Community programs - Promoting responsible pet ownership

Dr Mariko Lauber - Community programs

Luis Marquez - Animate - Presentation

Luis Marquez - Animate

Dr Jacquie Rand - Saving cats - An Australian perspective - Presentation

Dr Jacquie Rand - Saving cats

Jane Symonds - The essentials of winning grants

Jane Symonds - Stratic grants

Dr Mark Westman - Pets in the Park - Presentation

                            Determining the true FIV infection status in FIV-vaccinated cats using rapid point of care kits - Presentation

Dr Mark Westman - FIV  Dr Mark Westman - PITP

Shel Williamson - Safe and Sound Pounds program - Presentation

Shel Williamson - Safe and Sound pounds

Dr Sarah Zito - Determinants of cat choice and outcomes for adult cats - Presentation

                      Rethinking unwanted cat management from a human-cat relationship perspective - Presentation

Dr Sarah Zito - Rethinking unwanted cat management  Dr Sarah Zito - Determinants of cat choice

We are ever grateful to our generous sponsors and exhibitors who enable an event like this to take place.

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