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Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation & The No Kill Revolution in America [Kindle Edition]

Nathan Winograd
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Book Description

Redemption is the story of animal sheltering in the United States, a movement that was born of compassion and then lost its way. It is the story of the 'No Kill' movement, which says we can and must stop the killing. But most of all, it is a story about believing in the community and trusting in the power of compassion.


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Don’t miss this book! It’s a must read for anyone who cares about animals or about creating a more compassionate society. (Bonney Brown)

For anyone who has ever loved an animal, this book, like no other non-fiction, takes you through the full spectrum of emotions: from sadness to anger, from fear to hope. But redemption? That is ultimately left up to each and every one of us... This book deserves your immediate attention and our beloved animals deserve your immediate action. (Lee Rayburn)

Powerful and inspirational...[this book will] have a truly transformative effect. (Taimie Bryant)

A rational voice in a field where mediocrity and incompetence is the norm. This is the book that will wake people up much in the way that John Robbins did with Diet for a New America in the late 1980's. (Susan Cosby)

Redemption is one of the most important books about animals to appear in the last decade. (Kenneth Ayers)

From the Publisher

Silver Medal, Best Book (Animals & Pets) by Independent Book Publishers Association

USA Book News Best Book (Animals & Pets)

Certificate of Excellence, Cat Writers Association of America

Best Book Nominee, Dog Writers Association of America


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  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IPM67GQ
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631 of 722 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Redemption Ignores The Biggest Issue May 13, 2008
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A no-kill shelter was recently built on 13 wooded acres outside a city near me. The facility has space for 250 animals. A huge budget. Slick marketing. A partnership with a major pet food manufacturer. A variety of innovative programs. 1300 volunteers, 130 foster families and thousands of extremely generous supporters. Last year, 2100 of their animals found new homes. It's the kind of operation Nathan Winograd would call a no-kill success story. And yet the organization admits they cannot accommodate the more than 300 requests they receive weekly from people trying to relinquish their pets to them.
Within 15 miles of this beautiful facility are 2 open admission shelters that have to euthanize for space. They have implemented most if not all of the programs Mr. Winograd claims is necessary to achieve no-kill status. But, unlike their no-kill neighbor up the road, these shelters do not turn any animals away. Last year, they took in 21,000 animals! Anyone out there willing to build, staff, operate and fund a no-kill shelter for 21,000 animals?
Which brings me to what I found most irritating about Redemption. Nathan Winograd never discusses what I believe is the biggest issue separating the two kinds of shelters- what to do with the staggering number of animals no-kill shelters turn away. He only briefly mentions the necessity of no-kill shelters to "occasionally" limit incoming animals. Where I live, however, no-kill shelters only occasionally accept animals! In fact, I don't know anyone who has been successful getting a stray or their own animal into a no-kill shelter. My point is this: EVERY NO-KILL SHELTER IN THE COUNTRY HAS TO FIRST ACCEPT EVERY ANIMAL BROUGHT TO ITS FACILITY BEFORE WE CAN HAVE ANY HOPE OF ACHIEVING A TRUE NO-KILL NATION.
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68 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely appalled... February 13, 2012
By <324601
Format:Paperback
I am literally seething as I write this review. It took some serious willpower to get through the first 3 pages of this book, let alone the whole thing, but I wanted to be fully educated on what Nathan Winograd was trying to say before I wrote a review. I work in an open-intake shelter (taking in strays as well as owner surrender animals) in Northern California which has both urban and rural aspects. We're on the outskirts of a large city but also have farmland around us. This shelter has EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of the programs that Winograd proclaims will be the solution to "killing" in animal shelters. We have a TNR program, adoption outreach, a fantastic foster care program, over 1,000 volunteers that occupy many aspects of the shelter's function and a wonderful relationship with over 200 rescue groups. We have high volume/low cost spay neuter surgery, a behavior department, a pet retention program and a relationship with a local veterinary school that provides many surgeries for sick/injured shelter animals as well as feral spay/neuter vets. We do over 25 adoptions in one day, and some weekends we perform over 60 adoptions of cats, dogs and small critters. Despite all this, we receive, on any given day, 40-80 ANIMALS. The math simply does not balance out.
Winogard proclaims that there are more homes available for animals than pets in our shelters. If this was true (which there is no proof, he just determines that pets get lost/die throughout the year and assumes these homes want another pet) what about the homes that don't want to add a pet to their family? People in the United States are generally sympathetic to the pet overpopulation and a large amount DO adopt from shelters. There is simply too many animals.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lack of citations, editing disappointing June 4, 2008
By A.C.
Format:Paperback
Winograd presents a compelling history of the animal-sheltering movement along with an argument for the move toward what he terms the No Kill Equation. It is a quick, interesting read, and his passion is evident. Overall I would recommend it to others interested in the subject, but with a few reservations.

On the positive side, the history of the ASPCA was very informative. I never knew about the origins of the organization, nor was I aware of how far from its roots it has strayed. It seems that things went wrong once the ASPCA took animal-control contracts from cities; at that point, it became all about the money rather than the animals. And that is why today we see depressing shelters run by bureaucrats, who often shun offers of help from idealistic volunteers.

Winograd's central thesis seems to be that the high kill rate of most shelters is indicative of massive system-wide failure. He backs this up with details of shelters' success stories. When radical changes were made, positive results were achieved. Such changes included a focus on adoption to compete with commercial breeders, with more convenient hours of operation, better customer service, and clever PR; a focus on preventative measures, with low- or no-cost spay/neuter operations made available, counseling made available for behavioral problems, and funding made available for TNR; and a paradigm shift in which employees who clung to the old model of sheltering were fired.

As a law-school grad, Winograd deftly dismantles some of the logical fallacies clung to by those mired in institutional inertia. Unfortunately, he engages in some of this sloppy rhetoric himself, most notably when he makes statements without citations and expects the reader to accept them as factual.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Wonderful
Published 9 days ago by Stephine Wachter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 11 days ago by Pyr mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read on how to make a difference
Winograd provides excellent suggestions on how to save the lives of animals in your community.
Published 13 days ago by Stefani Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is one of best ever written regarding animal sheltering and...
Real reform begins with each individual - me and you. The book is one of best ever written regarding animal sheltering and the ending of killing of homeless dogs and cats. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No Kill must happen. Start by working with your local pound.
Published 23 days ago by JMoss
1.0 out of 5 stars Very, very repetitious! He spends more words slamming ...
Very, very repetitious! He spends more words slamming the larger organizations (and I don't doubt they need it), but it doesn't need to be said over and over and over again. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Susan B. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars must read t
Ev'ryone must read this exceptional book. It really opens your eyes to reality about "overpopulation". I enjoyed a lot. Buy it
Published 1 month ago by Dawzen7
1.0 out of 5 stars I love them FAR TOO MUCH to perpetuate the myth of ...
I'm retired from 20 years in animal control. I'm an author and an international speaker on a variety of animal topics. Animals are my life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Boldog
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informative!
Published 2 months ago by Kastaway Kitties Cat Rescue
5.0 out of 5 stars Articulate argument for embracing the no-kill movement
Nathan Winograd makes a compelling argument for the No-Kill model of animal sheltering, which seems to me an inevitability in our social/moral evolution.
Published 2 months ago by Pamela M-L
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Nathan is the director of the No Kill Advocacy Center. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, and a former criminal prosecutor as well as corporate attorney. He has written animal protection legislation at the state and national levels, has spoken nationally and internationally on animal issues and has created successful No Kill programs in both urban and rural communities. Under his leadership, Tompkins County, New York became the first No Kill community in the United States. Nathan is the author of four books, including Redemption, which won five national book awards and is the most acclaimed book on animal shelters ever written.

Learn more at nathanwinograd.com.

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