The lowest euthanasia rate for a large city in Australia has been achieved through applying the G2Z model.
Gold Coast City has a population of 500 000 people and is growing by 13000 to 16000 each year. AWLQ is the only shelter which manages the pound animals for Gold Coast City Council and accepts all the unclaimed strays and the cats and dog surrendered by their owners.
Through the strategies in the Getting to Zero model, 85% of the 7000 stray and surrendered cats and dogs in Gold Coast City were reclaimed or rehomed in 2009/10. This includes 91% of all incoming dogs and 76% of all incoming cats in 2009/10. Only 9% of dogs and 25% of cats were killed.
This save rate is much higher than most other pounds and shelters where euthanasia rates are on average about 25 - 40% of dogs and 60 – 80% of cats. Where lower rates exist, they do not usually include all the stray and surrendered cats and dogs for the whole city.
Another benefit of the G2Z Model is that there has been a significant reduction in the numbers of incoming stray and surrendered kittens from Gold Coast City residents over the last eight years, while other communities have maintained similar numbers.
Zero euthanasia of all healthy sociable dogs and cats in a whole city has been achieved.
Saving every treatable cat and dog in a whole city is the next goal, which is getting closer.
Less than 10% of the 7000 cats and dogs in the whole city i.e. 8% of incoming dogs and 9% of incoming cats were euthanized because they were untreatable (i.e. very sick or aggressive, with a poor prognosis for rehabilitation).
Transferring cats and dogs from one city or shire to a shelter in another location puts an extra rehoming burden on that community. In 2009/10 almost 3000 additional cats and dogs from surrounding cities and shires in SE Queensland were accepted by AWLQ at its Gold Coast Rehoming Centre. While support for animals from other communities continues, each community is being encouraged to adopt the G2Z Model and take responsibility for preventing and rehoming stray and abandoned animals in their own communities.