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Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America Paperback – September 1, 2007

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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, Executive Director, Nevada Humane Society.)

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, Editor, Willy Street Media; Guest Host, Air America Radio)

Powerful and inspirational...[this book will] have a truly transformative effect. (Taimie Bryant, UCLA Professor of Law and Author of the 1998 California Animal Shelter Law)

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, Chief Operating Officer, Philadelphia Animal Care & Control Association)

Redemption is one of the most important books about animals to appear in the last decade. (Kenneth Ayers, Esq, of Counsel, San Francisco SPCA, retired.)

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Almaden Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979074304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979074301
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 a No Kill community, saving not only dogs, cats, and all "feral" cats, but every other species of shelter animals. Nathan is the author of five books, including Redemption, which won five national book awards, is the most acclaimed book on animal shelters ever written, and was made into a documentary film.

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654 of 749 people found the following review helpful By Amy Lewandowski on 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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91 of 107 people found the following review helpful By <324601 on February 13, 2012
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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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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A.C. on June 4, 2008
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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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