Information for developing cooperative desexing programs

The Getting to Zero program has resulted in significant reduction in numbers of unwanted and euthanased cats and dogs in a whole large city. 

Euthanasia rates of both dogs and cats is a significant community concern in pounds and shelters around Australia, particularly for cats, with euthanasia rates at least twice, sometimes three times, that of dogs in most places.  Many communities still euthanase more than 60% of their abandoned cats and have been euthanasing similar proportions for many years.

However, Gold Coast City has more than halved its cat euthanasia rate over the last 10 years to 8% of all incoming cats, one of the lowest rates in Australia for a whole large city of over half a million people.

While the Getting to Zero program involves a range of strategies, one of the most important strategies has been low cost desexing and desexing promotion to prevent unwanted animals rather than having to Collect/Hold/Euthanase. 

Click on the links below for further information on how to develop a cooperative desexing program in your community.

  1. Co-operative Desexing Program Summary
  2. Benefits of Councils funding Co-operative Desexing Programs
  3. Generic letter of invitation to veterinarians to participate in Co-operative Desexing Programs

Watch this presentation delivered by Dr Joy Verrinder at the 2018 LGAPA Conference for a comprehensive overview of the program.

Brisbane City Council residents in need of support to desex their cats can phone the National Desexing Network on 07 55099044, to find out if eligible and to receive a voucher.

Read the media release for the landmark $52,000 Brisbane Council cooperative desexing program for 2018/19 here.