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Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart & Soul of America's Animal Shelters Paperback – November 12, 2009
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A series of essays on what has gone wrong with animal "sheltering," this book makes a much better argument for the no kill movement. The arguments are succinct, compelling, and largely free from the distracting hate-mongering of Redemption. It is also more comprehensive, touching on additional issues such as transports (finally acknowledging that the location of potential adopters matters ;), breed bans, etc.
Although Winograd is still all about waging war on traditional shelters, he does differentiate in this book between those who suffer from compassion fatigue (a well-documented malady) and those who simply don't care. There is hope and inspiration in THIS book for ALL those who want to end the killing of homeless animals.
If you resented Redemption (despite believing in the No Kill Equation), give this book a read with an open mind. It could be the inspiration you were hoping for. If you haven't read either book and are curious about no-kill, skip Redemption and start here.
4 stars rather than 5 because it still has a major flaw: no citations. You can NOT "quote" others and include data without referencing your sources and be considered credible. No wonder this book is self-published - a publishing house wouldn't touch it. For this reason, it can never itself serve as source material. Also, Winogad reiterates his comparison of those biologists working to eradicate introduced species (which have the ability to decimate native species and fragile ecosystems) to Nazis and racists, which is just plain idiotic.
For those who have not yet read "Redemption" Winograd offers a very concise overview of the most important points before launching into a series of topical essays that update the reader on developments in the no kill revolutions since the first book was published. Each of these essays serves to provide insight into the problems, and their related solutions, to the sheltering woes so pervasive in animal shelters in America.
More than a decade has passed since the programs and services referred to as "The No Kill Equation" have been documented and proven. Winograd makes a strong case in "Irreconcilable Differences" that many shelters have taken them to heart, resulting in a sea-change in the animal welfare movement. He also clearly argues that those who have yet to see the way out of an outdated 19th century model of animal sheltering now need to be replaced. They are dinosaurs. Their reign is over.
Anyone who cares about animals should get a copy.
He also lays out the programs that are necessary for the United States to become a no-kill Animal Welfare Country. They are simple steps that could uncage this nation's companion animals without killing them because it is easy. Please buy 10 copies, as I did, and give them to the people in power where you live. Dr. Bear Baker.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a huge fan and supporter of Nathan Winograd. As a shelter volunteer, I love having facts to back up decisions that our open-admission no-kill shelter is making. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Stephanie Conrad
One of the most inspiring books I've ever read. A road map on how we can become a No Kill nation. Avoiding the pit falls of the nay sayers. All animals are worth savingPublished 3 months ago by M. Cain
It really give great information on animal rescue. He also happens to be an excellent author and does his research.Published 6 months ago by J. Anderson
Love his books and ideas for saving all animals. Working to be a no kill nation is the only humane option. Let's get to work saving lives.Published 9 months ago by Jeanie Farrell
By saying "Shelter killing is not the result of pet overpopulation is the result of shelter mangers who find it easier to kill animals than to save them" is an insult to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Catman Inc.