International Expert Visits 2017


February/March 2017


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


Mantra on View, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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

National and international speakers feature and share their success stories, innovative strategies and practical solutions to the issues surrounding homeless pets. The Summit is a wonderful opportunity to connect, learn and network with a wide range of sector and industry professionals.


Planning has begun for the 7th National G2Z Summit (G2Z2017).

The theme will be "Getting them Home, Keeping them Home" with a focus on improving knowledge and strategies around the most significant numbers of animals that arrive at our doors each day, the lost pets. Owner retention will also be in the spotlight as another way to reduce intake and build capacity in the community.

As in past years we will be endeavouring to deliver full day Workshops on the day before and the day after the Summit itself.

The Mantra on View in Surfers Paradise will again be the venue and we are grateful for the generous package they have been able to put together for us meaning that we can keep the registration fees as low as possible.

We will be calling for abstracts in the new year and we encourage you to start thinking now about what programs your organisation has in place around this theme that you would like to share with the rest of the sheltering community.

In the new year we will also begin releasing information on our cast of international presenters. 

Save the dates in your calendars and join us for what will be a week of inspirational learning and networking amongst colleagues and comrades

Sign up to the G2Z e-News and social media pages for the latest information releases on this event.

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 2017


1-31 July 2017


Nation wide

During the 2016 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