Welcome to G2Z e-News #4
Getting 2 Zero

Welcome to the fourth edition of 
G2Z e-News!

5th National G2Z Summit
Those who have previously received our e-News will be aware that the 5th National G2Z Summit will take place this year on 11-13 September on the Gold Coast.
We welcome everyone to this unique event that brings together delegates from around Australia and the Australasian region to exchange ideas and solutions to lead Australia’s approach to saving the lives of unwanted companion animals.

We are proud to announce the Animal Welfare League of Australia as conference partner for this event. Thanks to all at AWLA for your support.

We can now also announce our amazing line up of international speakers for the Summit!

This year we will be hearing from:
Mark Kumpf (Director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Centre, Dayton Ohio) on all things Animal Management and how working cohesively and collaboratively can improve outcomes for all involved.
Sharon Harmon (Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Humane Society, Portland Oregon) will present on management issues and how these influence saving lives.
Dr. Lila Miller (Vice President of Veterinary Outreach and Veterinary Advisor of the ASPCA, New York) will enlighten us on how to get and keep them healthy with Shelter Medicine matters and….
Dr Pamela Reid (Vice President of the Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team of the ASPCA, New York) will speak on assessing and rehabilitating the behaviour of the pets in our care.

You can read more about these speakers  here.

To get the low down on how to book your spot for the Summit click here.
Please share the Summit information with anyone who you think may be interested in attending the event.

Early bird bookings close 15/7/13.

Summit Workshops
In 2011 G2Z ran extra workshops the day before the Summit commenced and the day after it finished. This year we would also like to provide these opportunities for more in depth learning with our international presenters. At this stage the options are:
Tuesday 10th September               - Shelter Medicine and Behavioural Rehabilitation Workshop
                                                              with Dr Lila Miller and Dr Pam Reid
                                                             - Organisational Management and Fundraising Workshop
                                                              with Sharon Harmon
                                                            - Animal Management Workshop with Mark Kumpf
Saturday 14th September              - Shelter Medicine and Behavioural Rehabilitation Workshop
                                                             with Dr Lila Miller and Dr Pam Reid
                                                            - Organisational Management and Fundraising Workshop
                                                             with Sharon Harmon

If you would be interested in attending a workshop please register your interest by email to with your name, day preferred and workshop preferred.
The workshops will be fully catered, will be held at the conference venue and will be under $100 per person.

Summit sponsorship opportunities
Sponsors and exhibitors are being sought to support the 5th National G2Z Summit. If you know anyone that may be interested in the opportunities available please contact us to receive further information.

NSW Government Taskforce Discussion Papers - Responses due Friday 10 May
We encourage you to express your support for the NSW Government Taskforce Recommendations if you haven't done so already.
G2Z particularly supports the proposal to introduce a government breeder licensing system which requires inspections of all breeders. The public will then be able to identify breeders in NSW who are meeting Code of Practice standards through a requirement to publish their breeder licence number.  A breeder licensing fee for such inspections can be easily recovered when split across the price of each puppy and kitten and is a small price to pay to protect breeding animals, kittens, puppies, consumers and responsible breeders.
The G2Z submission also advocates for, amongst other things, annual desexed cat registration fees to be kept lower than dogs at under $20 (with further reductions for concession card holders) to support people in taking more responsibility for their cats' safety and well-being.  We also strongly support ensuring not only that all kittens are microchipped with breeders' details,  but also desexed and registered by point of sale at between 8 and 10 weeks, with desexing exemptions for those being transferred to another breeder, or by a veterinarian if the kitten has health issues. The much higher rate of abandonment and killing of cats and kittens, than dogs, in NSW, and around Australia, is best addressed at its source. In addition
Ministers should encourage increase of live release rates from pounds and shelters.

The on-line response form can be completed quickly with a short space at the end for added suggestions.  Go to the NSW Government Division of Local Government site here.

Desexing program resources  
Did you know that the G2Z website is loaded with resources for you to access? One of the elements of G2Z is desexing and we can provide information on how to develop cooperative desexing programs. Click here for further information.

G2Z Directory
If you are implementing the G2Z model we encourage you to have a listing on the G2Z Directory. Contact us for further information.

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Past Issues of G2Z e-News
If you missed the first couple of issues of e-News they can be viewed here.

Get involved
If you are not currently involved in Getting to Zero check out this page on the website that will help you take the first step to saving lives.

See you at the Summit!

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