What is being done to address this

AWLQ has been working intensively on two key goals over the last 8 years:

  1. To achieve zero killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs in one large Australian city,  and
  2. To develop a strategic model that can be applied in other cities and shires around Australia to Get to Zero nationwide.

This has resulted in the Getting to Zero Model which 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.

Simultaneously, in the United States of America, the No Kill Movement has been developing. It identifies similar strategies, providing evidence of the effectiveness of these strategies in a range of communities.  However, the Getting to Zero Model also provides the structures needed so that strategies can be applied effectively.