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Calling all public and private open admission shelters to apply to the program. We're here to help you get your city to zero at no cost.

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Another way you can help is by donating equipment that we will then give to the new owners. This can be anything from crates to frisbees.

More than hope. Every Case Study shows us the way to Zero.


We believe that sharing knowledge at the local level is the most powerful way to help create and navigate a scaled, sustainable path to zero nationwide.


Particular attention is paid to duplication of services, gaps in delivery of services and areas of opportunity to reach a 90+% shelter save rate.


The Target Zero agreement in order to ensure that all of the key stakeholders clearly understand the processes and goals of the program.


A detailed report with recommended strategies to decrease shelter intake and increase the live release rate is provided at the end of each assessment as well as city specific follow up.


Within a month of the assessments, Target Zero provides a plan for the city to achieve a 90+% shelter save rate and progress is analyzed monthly to ensure that goals are being met or exceeded.

In Their Words.

The Fellows Experience

"I can't thank you enough Target Zero. Having your organization walk along with us has been a tremendous asset. "

Mayor Malcolm Duncan
Waco, TX

"Because of Target Zero the city of Waco, TX is making great strides in it's efforts to become a target zero community. "

Betsy Robinson, Founder/Executive

"Our signing the Target Zero agreement allowed me to open a discussion with my Board and many of my employees concerning our role in the community."

Patrick Fox
Brevard County, Fl

Why are statistics important?

Target Zero uses data to help Fellow Cities create a "best practices" pathway to zero. For those shelters not in one of our Fellow Cities, we encourage you to enter your data with Shelter Animals Count.

How It Works.

Animal Control And Animal Welfare Organizations

Each Fellow City receives holistic, expert guidance in the form of strategic planning, program implementation, shelter population management.

Our Blog

Reasons To Adopt From An Animal Shelter

When a person is buying an animal from a pet store, they are unknowingly encouraging the cycle of illegal exports, heavy breeding, and overpopulation cycle. This is another main reason that people do not have the right knowledge about these issues. In this article, we will be discussing the reasons to adopt animals from a shelter.

You will save a life

Most animals in these shelter are looking to find a second chance to live their life. These animals have long given up as their owners have lost, given up or abandoned them. They are still unwanted and helpless, and you can give them a chance at having a loving home.


Break the cycle of pet overpopulation

It is estimated that up to 8-12 millions of cats and dogs are euthanised every year just because there are not enough homes for them. You can make sure that you break the cycle which can get rid of the overpopulation cycle.

Stop the cruelty

Many commercial pet breeders are producing millions of animals for the main purpose of sales. These are call dogs and kitten mills where they impregnate the female dogs and cats are put in a cage. They have to survive in a very disturbing space where they are forced to produce litter upon litter.

The advantage of adopting an adult animal

adult animal

One of the main advantages that you will face is the fact that you will already have a very well trained dog or car which will work on your command. You will not have to deal with the youthful energy of these cats and dogs, which can be tiring for you as well. You will be able to see their personality as an adult and make sure that you understand what is about to come.

It is a lifetime resource with shelter employees and volunteers

People who are working in shelters will make sure that you will have a great resource who can help find the right information and resources for your pets. All the staff members will make sure that you have the right people guiding you through different issues that your pet is facing.

Choose from a great selection of animals

selection of animals

If you are worried that shelters only carry certain animals and you won’t be able to find what you are looking for. There are many specific breeds where you can select the breed which suits you well. You will be able to find more than 6000 animals which come to shelter almost every year.

Adopt a pet who has received good care

All the animals in the shelter are experienced and are regularly given vaccination upon arrival you can easily see their behaviour and allows you the ease of training them. There are also many vets in these shelter homes which can help assist them to have the right health and care.