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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.)
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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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While this is a good book, I did often find myself wanting to say, "Yes Mr. Winograd, I get it. You've already made that point four times in the last twenty pages." In a nutshell, the programs that are embraced in shelters (excessive killing of unwanted pets/feral cats, fines for lack of pet licenses, dog breed bans, unskilled shelter workers, etc.) do not work, waste money, and cost lives. The programs that DO work (marketing the animals to adopters, cheap/free neutering clinics in low-income areas, shelters being volunteer and customer friendly, etc) are often met with resistance. It is possible to have No Kill shelters that are very successful and save up to 90% of the animals that come through the doors. It's possible in many different sorts of areas, and in shelters that take in every animal that comes through the door.
However, I must admit I find the idea of calling pet overpopulation a "myth" to be a dangerous statement. This is something that has SOME merit--as we don't need to kill millions of healthy animals in shelters if they are properly marketed and take the place of puppy mill or breeder animals. Yet, this is also a statement that can be grossly misunderstood and lead to people thinking, "Well if there really isn't an overpopulation problem why shouldn't I let my pet have babies?" At the same time, I do find the idea of a complete No Kill Nation to be...a stretch. There just aren't perfect homes for all the shelter animals in our country. But it can't hurt to try our best! Even if total No Kill is impossible, we might be able get an adoption percentage up to 65-70% nation wide. A must-read for anyone into animal sheltering and animal welfare.
It's interesting that these two reviews are the first ones in the list. I hope readers read thru them to the reviews that followed.