Getting to Zero and the No Kill Equation include similar strategies and both aim to save all healthy and treatable animals in a community, a 90% save rate or more.
G2Z was developed in Australia. During a similar period, the No Kill Equation was developing in the USA. Despite being developed independently, they include similar strategies. This comparability shows the international relevance and effectiveness of these strategies.
The Getting to Zero Model has 4 key structures that help with the implementation of a range of approximately 40 strategies (which include the 11 No Kill strategies).
The following list shows how the 11 No Kill strategies are included in the 4 G2Z structures:
1. TNR Program
2. High volume low cost desexing
3. Rescue groups
4. Foster carers
5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs
6. Pet Retention
7. Medical and Behaviour Prevention & Rehabilitation
11. A compassionate director (see the 3 key principles of G2Z)
8. Public relations/community involvement
10. Proactive redemptions e.g. Animal Management Officers returning animals to their owners and providing advice and support rather than impounding
The term “Getting to Zero” was chosen instead of the term “No Kill” to use in Australia because:
a) euthanased in the true sense of the word to relieve irremediable suffering from illness or injury; or
b) killed because they are irremediably aggressive (i.e. have attacked or shown a propensity to attack and severely injure people and other dogs and cats without provocation) or have such severe behaviour that living happily in a home as a family pet is impossible for them.
While there are some differences, Getting to Zero is not in competition with No Kill. G2Z fully supports the No Kill Equation strategies and the wonderful array of resources that this movement offers. There is much to be done, and we are all working to save lives.
Getting to Zero identifies “pet overpopulation” as more animals needing homes at any one time in a particular municipality or community than there are responsible homes offered for those animals. The No Kill movement denies that "pet overpopulation" exists because there are more people looking for new pets each year than there are shelter/pound animals available. However there are other issues that impact on this situation as there are also many breeders and sellers competing with pounds and shelters, and there is not a steady flow of abandoned animals which always matches the number of people looking for a new companion at any one time, particularly in cat breeding season. While the numbers of abandoned animals are only small compared with the number of pet owners, dogs and especially cats breed faster than the growth in human populations and households. In saying that, Getting to Zero is aligned with No Kill in that these mismatches between demand and supply are solvable over time by working with the community to prevent unwanted animals being born; increasing adoption of pound/shelter animals, rather than breeding more; and helping people take better care of existing animals for their whole lives.
Getting to Zero supports legislation which sets standards to reduce the numbers of animals being abandoned, and poorly treated, and increase the numbers of animals who can be cared for to prevent suffering or death. This includes positive well-promoted legislation for breeders, Councils and the general public to encourage social responsibility and care for animals, supported by programs to assist with compliance, such as owner training, information and guidance for breeders, desexing subsidies, desexing and microchipping incentives in registration and stray return/pound release fees and, where necessary, free services. It is an ongoing process to develop and refine legislation and the implementation strategies are just as crucial as the legislation design itself. The No Kill Movement also supports legislation to require Councils to take responsibility for the prevention and care of unwanted animals.
The Getting 2 Zero Model provides for a comprehensive and sustained ongoing cooperative improvement community- wide. It includes and benefits government animal management departments, pounds, shelters, rescue groups, pet shops, breeders, wildlife groups, animal welfare groups and caring individuals to prevent stray and abandoned animals and ensure that those who are stray or abandoned enjoy life.