Welcome to G2Z e-News #21
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Welcome to the 21st edition of G2Z e-News!

A very big thank you

A very big thank you to Dr Cynthia (Cindy) Karsten and Trish McMillan Loehr for coming to Australia in April and sharing their passion and expertise with our companion animal management and sheltering community.

Topics discussed were wide-ranging as expected and covered adoption marketing to handling dangerous cats and dogs to medical and behavioural assessments to intake diversion and everything in between!

We covered two states with our visits and met professionals that inspired us and made us proud to be working in the same vocation. It was fantastic to share knowledge that was to have immediate positive impacts and being onsite, in the facilities with the teams, added a new and extremely valuable dimension to the whole experience. We very much appreciate the opportunity given to us and thank those that opened their doors and their minds to our little band of sheltering apostles!

Feedback has been exceptional with comments such as:
I particularly want to thank you for your input regarding playgroups….Your visit has improved and saved the lives of dogs in our care already, their faces say it all!”

when you were here, we had a problem with too many cats. Management decided to dramatically reduce cat adoption prices and the cats flew out the door.”

I’ve been trying to think about the way I talk to potential adopters, to be more welcoming and less judgemental”.

Special thanks to the team at RSPCA Victoria for encouraging us to deliver two seminars in the Education Theatrette, and to those who came along. Both were well attended and catered to different aspects of this whole puzzle, rescue and local government animal management. We filmed the animal management presentations and have made the footage available on the G2Z YouTube channel.

We have a number of organisations that wanted to be involved in this latest tour by Cindy and Trish but missed out and were placed on a waiting list. These organisations will be prioritised for the next visit, in early 2017. If you would also like to be involved, please contact us.

(Shepparton News Friday 22 April 2016)

Its conference time!

AIAM 2016 Workshops and Training Day
The 2016 AIAM Workshops, to be held in Adelaide 19-21 October, is shaping up to be spectacular!

With the theme of “Embracing Diversity” and streams covering cultural diversity, reunite, rehome, rescue – the paradigms of companion animal welfare, working with the community and emergency management there is sure to be something for everyone.

There is still a small window of opportunity to submit an abstract and join the likes of Todd Stosuy (USA) up on the stage. To find out more go to Early bird registration closes 28/8/16.
National Council on Pet Population research symposium
The National Council on Pet Population (NCPP), with support from the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), is organising its fourth annual research symposium. The research day is designed to promote interaction among interested researchers and leaders in the animal welfare community working with homeless dogs and cats. This year’s symposium, entitled “Solid, Stretched or Broken?: the Human - Animal Bond,” will take place on November 15, 2016, the day before SAWA’s annual conference in Portland, Oregon.

This year’s Research Day focuses on aspects of the relationship between people and animals that could in any way relate to animal sheltering or animals in the community. Topics will include, use of shelter animals to help people, compassion fatigue in shelter staff, decreasing relinquishment, improving pet adoptions or retention in homes, community involvement and public safety.
Find out more here.

2016 Animals in Focus Conference

The RSPCA's bi-yearly Animals in Focus Conference is set to be another successful and informative event in October 2016, with a number of subject matter experts discussing a range of topics.

Held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, this event presents speakers covering a range of topics of interest to anyone who loves animals, cares for shelter or rescue animals, provides medical treatments and finds homes for unwanted pets.
This year includes a second stream which will focus on how to give emergency and life-saving care to injured and sick wildlife. Expert veterinarians will provide invaluable information on triaging native animal patients and providing pain relief and initial stabilisation. Click here for more information.
 Million Cat Challenge update
For those of you following the progress of the USA based Million Cat Challenge project, we have an update that the wonderful Dr Kate Hurley has allowed us to share with you. This is an exciting new approach to cat management that is clearly being embraced by the companion animal management and sheltering community in the States.

Pound Paws announces the launch of website
The new website displays animals available for adoption by providing links for potential pet owners to pounds across Australia. The team visit pounds and rescue centres and provide them with complimentary photography + video services to help promote them in a positive manner online. To find out more go to

July is National Desexing Month!
This year’s theme is ‘Don’t like Surprises? Desex your pet’.  The National Desexing Network (NDN) is the brainchild of Animal Welfare League Queensland. Now in its twelfth year, it asks veterinarians, including shelter clinics, around the country to sign up and offer discounted cat and dog desexing options within their communities.

Download this year’s poster here and get involved!

Tasmania's draft cat management plan
The Tasmanian Government is proposing a Cat Management Plan to improve the management of feral and domestic cats in Tasmania, and reduce the negative impacts they have on the environment, agriculture and human health.

You can provide your feedback by going to the DPIPWE website here by June 30 2016.

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