Welcome to G2Z e-News #16
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Welcome to the 16th edition of G2Z e-News!

6th National G2Z Summit- Reaching Out To The Community

There's only one month to go before we kick off what is going to be a monster Summit and Workshops week! Join us in September 2015 on the Gold Coast for #G2Z2015.

Networking, research & innovations, community safety & education, problem solving, cutting edge industry policy & practice and more will be covered at this, the only international conference for companion animal welfare and management in Australasia.

This conference is a must attend event for everyone involved in companion animal policy and practice -including those working in all levels of government, not for profit, research and the veterinary and pet industries. You will not find a more economical and professional development training solution for yourself or your team.
More information on our speakers, Workshops and the Summit itself can be found here

Please note that the venue hosting this event has had a name change from Outrigger Surfers Paradise to Mantra on View Hotel. There are no changes to our bookings, just a name change.

We are looking forward to welcoming Trish McMillan Loehr from Loehr Animal Behavior in North Carolina. Scroll down for further info on Trish.

View the draft program here.
       Workshops at the Summit
We have a huge program of day long Workshops available for you this year at #G2Z2015. We have four Workshops running on Tuesday 15 September covering:

Shelter Medicine Workshop with Dr Cynthia Karsten. This Workshop will cover:

  1. Dispelling common shelter management myths
  2. Data collection and metrics
  3. Shelter animal housing research updates
  4. Intake diversion strategies
  5. Return to owner strategies

Animal Management Workshop with Todd Stosuy and Jon Cicirelli. This Workshop will cover:

  1. Animal Control in the USA
  2. Data collection and metrics
  3. Community safety
  4. Community engagement
  5. Communication

Organisational Management Workshop with Jan McHugh-Smith and Betsy McFarland. This Workshop will cover:

  1. Organisation leadership
  2. Community leadership
  3. Community engagement
  4. The Human Animal
  5. Animal management contracts and animal welfare services
The Shelter Medicine and the Organisational Management Workshops will also be repeated on Saturday 19 September for those that want to fit two Workshops into their week.

6th National G2Z Summit Keynote Speaker Spotlight

Trish McMillan Loehr
Trish McMillan Loehr is a certified professional dog trainer and certified dog behaviour counselor, and holds a Master’s degree in Animal Behaviour. 
Trish has managed dog daycares, worked with shelters and rescue groups, taught classes, and trained dogs, cats, and horses. During her seven years with the ASPCA, Trish was director of the animal behaviour department at the ASPCA’s New York City shelter, helping assess and rehabilitate animals from cruelty, hoarding, and dogfighting cases. She also helped create and present several popular webinars on dog and cat behaviour and handling.
Trish is also the unpaid staff of Theodore from Pibbling with Theodore fame. Be sure to check out his latest antics, guaranteed to brighten your day!

Trish will be delivering a 2 day Workshop on 14 & 15 September on Shelter Animal Behaviour. We are sorry to say this Workshop is already sold out.

More information on our speakers, Workshops and the Summit itself can be found here.

Sponsor spotlight – Animals Australia

We are very lucky to have Animals Australia as supporters of #G2Z2015, this year in the capacity of Silver Sponsor. 

Animals Australia is Australia's foremost national animal protection organisation, representing some 40 member societies and thousands of individual supporters. Animals Australia has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns.
Welcome Cocktail Reception

Shelter Mate are proud sponsors of the complimentary Welcome Cocktail Reception for #G2Z2015. Come along and enjoy canapes and a couple of drinks after the last session on the first day of the Summit (16/9). Network, debrief and just generally relax with the other delegates, speakers and sponsors of the event. Keep an eye out for our special guest too!

FREE Summit registration!
Want to win free registration to #G2Z2015?

Our wonderful Platinum sponsors, Nestle Purina Petcare, are also sponsoring TWO free 6th National G2Z Summit registrations for us to give away.

All you need to do is tell us, in 50 words or less, why you want to come along to the Gold Coast 16 - 18 September and take part in this leading companion animal welfare and management event.  

Submit your entry by emailing us at before close of business 26/8/15. We will select two winners who will each receive a free registration to #G2Z2015 at the Mantra on View Hotel, Surfers Paradise 16-18 September 2015.

Share this opportunity amongst your networks and tag it with #G2Z2015. Competition closes on 26 August 2015 with winners announced on the G2Z Facebook page on 28 August 2015.

Competition is for 6th National G2Z Summit registration only valued at $500 each. Travel and accommodation expenses to attend are not covered. Judges' decision will be final. If selected, but unable to attend, please contact immediately so another person can be selected.
Feline networking
If you are attending the Summit and Workshops and work with cats you might like to network with others in the same boat. Rose from the Hobart Cat Centre is keen to meet with other people facing similar challenges. If you are in the vicinity of the Summit venue on Tuesday evening contact Rose at to organise a meeting time and place.


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