About Getting 2 Zero

The Getting to Zero Model 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.

For details of how this model came about and what has been achieved to date, see the menu on the right hand side.For a brief summary, see below:


AWL Qld and other proactive shelters internationally demonstrate that 90% of stray and surrendered dogs and cats in a city or shire are either healthy or treatable and should be rehomed. Euthanasia should only occur if an animal is irremediably suffering or displays aggressive behaviour which is likely to be a serious risk to people or other companion animals.  In a whole city these animals represent less than 10% of all stray and surrendered animals.

Because AWLQ has cared for all stray animals and most surrendered animals in the City of Gold Coast for many years, it has had a unique opportunity to gather data, understand the issues and develop solutions for the oversupply of cats and dogs in a whole city or shire.

Through the development and application of the Getting to Zero model in the City of Gold Coast, numbers of incoming stray and surrendered cats and dogs have been sustainably reduced.  All healthy and treatable cats and dogs are now being saved i.e. in 2016/17, 91% of the 5000 stray and surrendered cats and dogs in City of Gold Coast (population 560 000 people and growing by 13000 to 16000 each year) were reclaimed or rehomed. This includes 92% of all incoming dogs and 91% of incoming cats.

This save rate is higher than most other pounds and shelters where euthanasia rates often range between 20 - 30% of dogs and 30 - 60% of cats.

As well, AWLQ accepts additional  cats and dogs (7300 in 2016/17) from pounds and shelters in other SE Queensland areas.  It works with these Councils to help introduce G2Z strategies to reduce the oversupply in these surrounding communities so that they too may Get 2 Zero and take responsibility for their own animals.

AWL Qld, via the G2Z program, is keen to help Councils around Australia to implement the successful Getting to Zero Model so that all healthy and treatable cats and dogs can be saved nationwide.

We hope you will be equally as passionate about being part of this Getting to Zero Evolution in Australia.

Please complete the Getting to Zero Checklist to show where your community is at, in Getting to Zero. Once completed and returned to us, we can do some pre-assessment and then meet with you to discuss how we can help.


  1. Self-Audit - Complete Getting to Zero Checklist
  2. Forward self-audit to G2Z at info@g2z.org.au
  3. Read and agree to the G2Z Participant Code of Ethics
  4. Follow-up Meeting with members of the Getting to Zero team to discuss strategic needs and possible future assistance