Imagine America Getting To Zero.

It will be a Reality.

We believe America will get to zero by 2025. By zero, we mean zero euthanasia of all safe, adoptable shelter animals. How can we make such a bold prediction? Because we're already seeing incredible momentum in cities and communities across the country towards ending the euthanasia of 3-4 million healthy shelter animals every year. As part of that wave, the Target Zero Institute (TZI) is on track to help get a handful of new cities to zero starting in 2015, all with an eye on adding many more to be a significant part of ending the problem altogether. Then shut down.

From One Small Dog. To One Big Idea.

When 20 year old shelter rescue Fred (right) passed away in 2010, Target Zero Co-founder Tracey Durning made the commitment to do something bold in his honor as one of the lucky ones to have escaped the shelter system alive. Upon meeting kindred social entrepreneurs Peter Marsh and Rick DuCharme -- Marsh led New Hampshire to zero and DuCharme helped do the same in Jacksonville, FL -- the TZI vision was born: mobilize the collective expertise of proven 'getting to zero' leaders to local leaders in Fellow Cities nationwide to help them get to zero too, in three years or less. Those Fellows, in turn, pay it forward by mentoring organizations in neighboring cities and communities.

A Mentorship Model That Works