The theme for the 2019 Summit was Beyond The Shelter

It focused on the latest programs, practices and strategies that engage the community to effectively influence intake and achieve positive outcomes for our shelter and pound facilities.


This conference and Workshops were eligible for Veterinary CPD points and IAABC CEU's.

Delegate attendance certificates are available here

Attendance at this event is essential for everyone involved in companion animal policy and practice -including those working in all levels of government, the not for profit welfare, shelter and rescue sector, the research, academic and veterinary professions and the pet industry.

A summit is a strategic conversation, convening the leaders of the sector, which brings different perspectives within a system together to talk about the big picture and big questions. What are the barriers to lost pets returning to their original home? How can we keep people and their pets together? What capacity is needed to be built in the community to reduce intake at pounds and shelters of lost and surrendered pets? These, and many more questions relating to community welfare, animal welfare, and responsible pet ownership will be discussed at this event. Industry and sector leaders from Australia and overseas will lead sessions to explore innovative solutions to guide Australia’s approach to the management of companion animals now and into the future while providing insights on how the challenges are being met elsewhere.

The daylong Workshops were held 10 and 14 September with the Summit itself running 11 - 13 September.

Venue: Mantra on View Hotel 

You can view the speaker papers, associated resources and footage of the presentations themselves by clicking on the links below.

International Speakers

Holly Putnam - Chief Veterinary Officer, Emancipet


Ann Enright - Senior Veterinarian, Cat Protection Society of Victoria

Data is your friend - Presentation

Capacity for CarePresentation

Anne Fawcett - Veterinarian and Lecturer, University of Sydney

Gabrielle Carter - Veterinarian and Specialist in Animal Behaviour

Jennifer Sutey - Spay It Forward Program Coordinator, WA Pet Project

Sterilisation stories from the West: Starting up a science-based sterilisation program to identify and address physical and non-physical barriers to sterilisation in Perth, Western Australia - Presentation

Jessica Moore-Jones - Principal, Unleashed Coaching and Consulting 

Why humans are the key to Animal Welfare - Presentation 

Making volunteering a privilege rather than a favour Presentation

Behavioural economics for Animal SheltersPresentation

Jessica Pocket - Veterinary student, University of Sydney

Investigating the impact of indemnity waivers on the length of stay of cats at an Australian shelterPresentation

Joy Verrinder - Strategic Director, Animal Welfare League of Queensland

Expanding NDN Cooperative Desexing Programs with CouncilsPresentation

Lucy Bowen - Veterinary Medicine student, University of Sydney

An investigation of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemiavirus (FeLV) management practices in Australian shelters - Presentation

Mark Kelman - Veterinary Scientist and Co-Founder of Paws For A Purpose

A collaborative multi-faceted approach to stopping Canine Parvovirus nationwidePresentation

Michael O'Donoghue - Veterinarian and Director of People and Pets

Helping people to rent with pets - Presentation

Michelle Gallo - Companion Animal Ranger, Camden Council

Camden Council  – Engaging the communityPresentation

Richard Mussell - President, Animal Welfare League of Australia

Encouraging pet friendly solutions for the elderlyPresentation

Rose Bray - Community and Education Manager, Ten Lives Cat Centre





At Purina, we are passionate pet lovers. And for decades, we have been dedicated to improving the lives of pets through quality nutrition and care. Because we truly believe people and pets are better together.

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