Since Carol posted a link to this no kill brochure from an animal welfare group in Australia, I’ve been looking over the information and wanted to share a summary of what I’ve learned. The group states on its website that the Getting to Zero (G2Z) model was developed independently from and simultaneously with the No Kill Equation here in the U.S. There is a section of the website which details the similarities and differences between the two. For example, the Australian group defines the term “pet overpopulation” a little differently than many of us do here and there are differences in the approach to legislation. G2Z appears to have been implemented less successfully than the No Kill Equation to date. But overall, the two models seem to have a lot in common:
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.
The G2Z model engages the community as a means of achieving its goal: an end to the killing of healthy/treatable pets in shelters. The four components described in the brochure are:
1. Community Vet Clinic – This is basically a high volume, low cost spay-neuter clinic which also offers microchipping, transportation assistance and incentives for the public to get pets neutered. Pediatric spay-neuter is emphasized.
2. Shelter Vet Clinic – This is an on site clinic (preferably) which ensures all shelter pets are examined, vaccinated, neutered, heartworm tested, dewormed, microchipped and given flea medication before being put on the adoption floor. The shelter clinic is also responsible for daily health checks for all animals, treatment of shelter pets who are sick/injured, free vet care for pets in the shelter’s foster program and support for TNR programs.
3. Rehoming Centre – This is the shelter’s adoption center and includes a number of key goals such as prompt adoptions, substantial foster and volunteer programs, socialization for the animals to reduce stress, pet training to increase adoptability, increased RTO, accessible location and hours (late afternoons, weekends and holidays), marketing of animals, offsite adoptions, and post adoption support.
4. Community Education, Legislation and Support – This is the most complex of the four components and as the name suggests, includes involvement from a wide array of stakeholders in the community. The legislation aspect includes a breeder permit law which involves inspections and fees, mandatory neuter of all kittens prior to sale (unless being sold to someone with a breeder permit), and mandatory microchipping of all puppies and kittens. There is also mention of legislation to protect fosters and rescuers from pet limit laws, based upon inspection, and “research and development” regarding managed cat colonies.
This component addresses a number of other issues as well. There is a focus on matching lost pets with their owners and returning lost pets home rather than impounding them. “Pre-surrender interviews” are conducted in order to offer alternatives to surrendering pets to the shelter. School presentations are intended to educate young people about responsible pet ownership. Hands-on programs are also offered to students who wish to work directly with shelter pets. Pediatric spay-neuter is again emphasized.
What are your thoughts on the G2Z campaign? How do you feel about the legislation aspect which includes mandatory microchipping, some MSN, and inspections for breeders, fosters and rescuers? Do you think the emphasis on pediatric spay-neuter is a plus, a minus or somewhere in between?