“Getting2Zero” gets to Sydney


G2Z Getting to zero euthanasia of healthy cats & dogs

 Do you love animals? Would you like to help save more lives?

 G2Z – Getting to Zero – is a community-wide approach to improving animal welfare outcomes. It is founded on three principles: that each community takes responsibility for saving its abandoned animals; that it  is possible to get closer to zero each year; and that all cats and dogs are equally deserving of our utmost efforts to preserve and enhance their lives.

 G2Z was developed and trialled by the Animal Welfare League in Queensland on the Gold Coast, with great results. G2Z is not an organisation; rather it is a commitment by different groups and individuals to save the lives of homeless cats & dogs.

 It‟s time for Sydney to work together  to help our dog & cat friends. Join the G2Z workshop at Parliament House, Sydney, on 18 May.

 We’ll be looking at strategies we can use in Sydney to save the lives of cats & dogs who find themselves in pounds and shelters. It’s not a talkfest, it’s about tangible things we can do today to save more lives, and working towards a brighter future.

 Together, we can make a real difference for the better.

 Getting to Zero Sydney Workshop

 When:                                    8.30am – 4.30pm, Wednesday 18 May 2011

 Where:                                   Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House

Macquarie Street, Sydney (near Martin Place station) Cost:  No charge

RSVP:                                    11 May to tim.vasudeva@gmail.com

 Who should attend?            Staff & volunteers from pounds, shelters, rescue groups, council companion animal officers, councillors – anyone with a working interest in helping homeless cats & dogs

 To keep costs down this event is catered for morning and afternoon tea only. Participants may bring their own lunch or there are many cafés and takeaways nearby.

Workshop Program

 This workshop is to identify what support is available in Sydney: how it can help your animal service, and how you can help others, as well as learning from case studies, identifying where the gaps are and what improvements can be made. There will be time for questions and discussion after each presentation.

 Our host, Clover Moore, MP, Member for Sydney and Lord Mayor of Sydney has been a champion for companion animal welfare in the NSW Parliament and with the Council of the City of Sydney.

 Our facilitator, Eva Cox, AO, has a long history in fighting for social change and promoting the concept of a civil society. She has been recognised for her achievements in progressing gender equality and women’s welfare.

 The workshop has been coordinated by Tim Vasudeva of the Sydney Dogs & Cats Home and Kristina Vesk of the Cat Protection Society of NSW in collaboration with the Animal Welfare League, Queensland. We recognise and respect the independence of participating individuals and organisations, including our own.

8.30am Registration
9am Welcome
9.10am Introduction: Why animal welfare matters, Clover Moore, MP
9.20am Getting to Zero in whole communities: the model and how it can be achieved, Sylvana Wenderhold, Founder, National Desexing Network &President AWLQ Board; Joy Verrinder, Strategic Development Officer, AWL Queensland
10.30am Case study: Change for the better, Michael Linke, CEO, RSPCA ACT
11am Break
11.30am Strategies that can be implemented quickly and easily:Foster programs & effective marketing strategies for your shelter pets, Tim Vasudeva, Sydney Dogs & Cats Home

Discount desexing & Operation Cat, Nerida Atkin, Feline Services

Manager, Cat Protection Society of NSW

12.30pm Lunch break
1.30pm Strategies for the medium-term:Working with rescue groups, Tim Vasudeva, Sydney Dogs & Cats


Using external training support for dog behavioural rehabilitation Expanding pet-friendly accommodation, NSW Young Lawyers Animal Law Committee

2.45pm Proactive Council animal welfare initiatives:Lara Symkowiak, Deputy Mayor, Camden Council

Brooke Littman, Environment Education Officer, Holroyd Council

The regulatory environment: facilitated discussion on the Companion Animals and Impounding Acts – what works, what doesn’t, & the priorities for change

3.30pm Break
4pm Creating a blueprint to „Get Sydney to Zero‟
4.30pm Close


Numbers are limited so please register to tim.vasudeva@gmail.com as soon as possible.  We look forward to a broad representation of councils, pounds, shelters and rescue groups, big and small. Show you care; register today.


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