No Kill Advocacy Center: Free Copies of Irreconcilable Differences to Elected Officials

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Irreconcilable Differences, Nathan Winograd (2009)

Last year, Nathan Winograd and the No Kill Advocacy Center offered up free copies of Winograd’s book Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America to any elected official who requested one. Since then, Winograd has released Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart & Soul of America’s Animal Shelters, an anthology of essays related to animal rescue and the no-kill movement. As with Redemption, elected officials can receive a copy, free of charge.

The details and fine print:

The No Kill Advocacy Center is offering free copies of Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart & Soul of America’s Animal Shelters to any elected official.

We need to change the way shelters operate and our director is willing to pay for it! He has generously donated “as many copies as it takes” of his award-winning book to get City Council Members, Members of the Board of Supervisors, Mayors, Assemblymen, Senators, County Commissioners, or any elected official to read it. All they have to do is ask for it.

If we receive a letter on official stationary from them asking for a copy, we’ll send it free, no strings attached.

Limitations:

1. Letter must be postmarked by April 30, 2010 and sent to our address.
2. Request must be on official stationary (No e-mails, telephone calls, or third-party requests).
3. One book per letter and per elected official.
4. This offer is only valid for elected officials in the U.S.
5. There are no exceptions or extensions.

Please let your elected officials know about this opportunity. A leader in the no-kill movement and a vegan, Winograd is a fierce and outspoken champion of nonhuman animals – of all species.

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No Kill Advocacy Center: Free REDEMPTION offer extended/expanded!

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Updated to add: Over at Vegan Soapbox, Convenient Vegan reviewed Redemption at length earlier this year. I’d meant to link to her piece when I first posted this entry, but apparently had a brain freeze. My bad.

Redemption by Nathan J. Winograd

Back in March, I noted that the No Kill Advocacy Center was giving away free copies of Nathan J. Winograd’s Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America to “any elected official, staff reporter, or animal control director” who requests a copy.

First published in 2007, Redemption was expanded and updated in February 2009. To celebrate the new release (and clear out their old stock), the No Kill Advocacy Center is extending its original offer to include regular citizens who purchase a copy of the book – in other words, buy one (2009) copy of Redemption, get one (2007) free. Give it to a friend, a politician or policymaker, your local library, your veterinarian or vet clinic. (Or *cough* a certain favorite blogger! *cough*cough*) Anything to spread the word.

Here are the details:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: No Kill Advocacy Center
Date: Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 9:30 AM
Subject: We’re spreading the good news

A No Kill nation is within our reach!

As a new expanded and updated edition of Redemption is now available in bookstores and through Amazon, we are giving away our remaining first edition copies of Redemption, the book that is helping to revolutionize animal sheltering in the U.S.:

1. If you are the executive director of a shelter or rescue group and you identify the organization as No Kill on the home page of your website, we’ll give you a free copy.

2. If you are the executive director of a shelter and you have announced a No Kill goal on the home page of your website, we’ll give you a free copy.

3. If you are an elected official and want to learn more about the No Kill movement, we’ll give you a free copy.

4. If you are an animal lover and you recently purchased a second edition copy, we’ll give you a free copy.

Redemption is being called “powerful and inspirational,” “ground-breaking,” and “a must read for anyone who cares about animals.” Winner of USA Book News Award for Best Book (Animals/Pets), a Best Book Muse Medallion winner by the Cat Writers Association of America, a Best Book nominee by the Dog Writers Association of America and winner of a Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, the book shatters the notion that killing animals in U.S. shelters is an act of kindness.

For more information, including restrictions, go to http://www.nokill.org and click on “What’s New” or click here.

For more information and limitations, click here.

6114 La Salle Ave. #837 Oakland CA 94611
www.nokilladvocacycenter.org

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No Kill Advocacy Center: Free copies of REDEMPTION to gov’t officials

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Update, 7/5/09: The offer has been extended to regular citizens and activists.

Redemption by Nathan J. Winograd

This is pretty cool: the No Kill Advocacy Center is offering free copies of Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America to “any elected official, staff reporter, or animal control director” who requests it. Basically, Nathan is giving the book to anyone in a position to influence shelter policy. Total awesomeness.

Please pass this on to your local elected officials, and spread the word!

—– Original Message —–
From: No Kill Advocacy Center
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 1:30 PM
Subject: We’re giving away the store…

We are giving away the store for the sake of the animals…

The No Kill Advocacy Center is offering free copies of Redemption, the most acclaimed book on animal shelters ever written, to any elected official, staff reporter, or animal control director.

We need to change the way shelters operate and our director is willing to pay for it! He has generously donated “as many copies as it takes” of his award-winning book to get City Council Members, Board of Supervisors, Mayors, Assemblymen, Senators, County Commissioners, even staff reporters and animal control directors to read it. All they have to do is ask for it.

If we receive a letter on official stationary from them asking for a copy, we’ll send it free, no strings attached.

For more information and limitations, click here.

6114 La Salle Ave. #837 Oakland CA 94611
www.nokilladvocacycenter.org

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No Kill Advocacy Center: The No Kill Movement Today (A Call for Essays!)

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

—– Original Message —–
From: No Kill Advocacy Center
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 5:48 PM
Subject: The No Kill Movement Today

A Call for Essays!

THE NO KILL MOVEMENT TODAY

What has changed for our movement? What have we discovered? What do we still have to accomplish? In other words, where is the No Kill Movement today?

The No Kill Advocacy Center is teaming up with The No Kill Nation in calling for essays about where the movement is today. All entries (subject to conditions below) will receive a free personally signed copy of Redemption, the book which has been called “a passionate advocacy for ending the killing of homeless dogs and cats in shelters.” The most thoughtful essay will receive two free registrations to the No Kill Conference in Washington D.C. (http://nokillconference.org). Winning entries will be published in The No Kill Advocate.

In September, the book Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and The No Kill Revolution in America celebrated its one year anniversary in release. Redemption is being called “powerful and inspirational,” “ground-breaking,” and “a must read for anyone who cares about animals.” Nominated as the Best Book by the Dog Writers Association of America and winner of a Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, the book shatters the notion that killing animals in U.S. shelters is an act of kindness.

The book has not only helped shift the national debate about killing, but also played a direct role in helping to transform communities. A rescuer in Washington received this from the shelter manager she gave a copy of Redemption:

She just called to say that [she] has read the book and has had a 180 degree turn around. She told [us] that she now sees they have all been brain washed. The book is going to make the rounds of the staff. The personal goal of the manager is no dogs [killed] due to space this year.

After reading Redemption, Porter County (Indiana) commissioners and advocates succeeded in getting the 20-year shelter director of the county’s animal control shelter in Valparaiso and almost all of the staff removed from their positions. What was once a shelter that killed the vast majority of dogs and cats, sold live animals to a research facility on the side, and even cruelly killed the animals has been No Kill since a new team took over. During a recent visit, dogs were playing outside, were being walked by volunteers, kittens were being bottle fed, adopters were coming through the shelter in droves, the place was clean, and the animals had enrichment items to play with and soft blankets to sleep on.

As Redemption celebrates its first anniversary, Tompkins County enters its seventh No Kill year, Charlottesville enters its third, and new communities like those in Reno, NV and Valparaiso, IN enter the No Kill club. Other communities—in Montana, Michigan, and elsewhere—have also embraced No Kill, and many others are aggressively moving in that direction. No Kill is on the agenda of local governments nationwide as advocates in communities as diverse as King County (Seattle), WA and Indianapolis, IN are using Redemption and the model it advocates to force changes in the practices of local shelters.

In honor of the one year Anniversary, the author has donated copies of Redemption to The No Kill Nation to give away. And we are joining in by offering two free registrations to the No Kill Conference in Washington D.C.

The No Kill Nation is sponsoring a call for essays/blogs entitled “The No Kill Movement Today”: What has changed for our movement? What have we discovered? What do we still have to accomplish? In other words, where is the No Kill movement today?

All submissions (of at least one page) received by October 1, 2008 will receive a free personally autographed signed copy of Redemption (while supplies last). The most thoughtful essay will receive two free registrations to the No Kill Conference in Washington D.C. (nokillconference.org).

For more information or to join, visit http://www.thenokillnation.com or click here.

http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org

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No Kill Advocacy Center: The No Kill Advocate E-Newsletter, Issue No. 2, 2007

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

—– Original Message —–
From: No Kill Advocacy Center
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 9:02 AM
Subject: No Kill Advocate Issue #2

A No Kill nation is within our reach…

The No Kill Advocate Issue #2 for 2007 is available by clicking here.

The No Kill Advocate is a free e-newsletter. In this issue:

Saving Pit Bulls in Shelters. Saving Pit Bulls requires a multi-prong approach that includes both short and long term strategies. First and foremost, however, it requires shelters to stop blaming the victims.

Five Steps to Increasing Adoptions. Read what some of the nation’s most progressive shelters are doing to save lives.

CAPA of 2007. The No Kill Advocacy Center introduces model legislation for activists to pursue in their own community. It’s goal? Legislating the “humane” back into “Humane Society.”

A Tour of U.S. Shelters. A visual tour of how shelters are failing the animals who depend on them for their very lives.

The Power to Change. If your shelter has a high kill rate, the power to change the status quo is in your hands.

And more.

The No Kill Advocate Issue #2 for 2007 is available by clicking here. (Pop-up blocker must be disabled. Otherwise go to http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org and click on “What’s New.”)

For more information about the No Kill Advocacy Center, click here.

To support No Kill efforts nationwide by making a secure online donation, click here. To donate by check, click here.

P.O. Box 74926 San Clemente CA 92673
http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org

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No Kill Advocacy Center: Companion Animal Protection Act

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

—– Original Message —–
From: No Kill Advocacy Center
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 5:06 PM
Subject: Companion Animal Protection Act

Companion Animal Protection Act

The No Kill Advocacy Center is proud to announce one of the most important pieces of shelter legislation in decades: The Companion Animal Protection Act of 2007 (.pdf). The legislation is part of our national strategy to end the unnecessary killing of millions of animals in U.S. shelters annually.

Photo via danakay

Legislating the “Humane” Back into “Humane Society”

This year, nearly five million dogs and cats, and hundreds of thousands of other animals, will be killed in U.S. animal shelters. For well over a decade, we have known how to bring this killing to an end. The programs and services, which we collectively call the No Kill Equation (.pdf), include:

* shelter accountability
* affordable spay/neuter
* rescue group access to shelter animals
* comprehensive adoption programs including evening and weekend hours and offsite venues
* a feral cat neuter and release program
* medical and behavioral rehabilitation
* public relations and marketing
* use of volunteers including foster families
* socialization program, and,
* a compassionate, hard working shelter director who is not content to hide behind the myth of “too many animals, not enough homes”

Nonetheless, too many shelters are not voluntarily implementing these programs. As a result, animals are being needlessly killed. In response, the No Kill Advocacy Center has developed model legislation to help animal advocates force an end to the killing in their own communities: The Companion Animal Protection Act of 2007 (.pdf).

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No Kill Advocacy Center: The No Kill Advocate E-Newsletter, Issue No. 1, 2007

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

—– Original Message —–
From: No Kill Advocacy Center
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 8:55 AM
Subject: No Kill Advocate Issue #1

A No Kill nation is within our reach…

The No Kill Advocate Issue #1 for 2007 is available by clicking here (.pdf).

The No Kill Advocate is a free e-newsletter.

In this issue:

The Nation’s Best Shelter Director. Susanne Kogut in Charlottesville, VA has received the No Kill Advocacy Center’s Director of the Year award for 2006 after finishing the year saving 92% of all dogs and cats at an open admission animal control shelter.

NHS Takes a Bold Leap. The Nevada Humane Society’s new director embraces No Kill with a passion and announces new lifesaving initiatives on her first day on the job.

No Kill Sucess in 2006. Three communities show results in saving lives after embracing the U.S. No Kill Declaration.

No Kill Jobs. Two progressive shelters want you to join their team.

The No Kill Equation. Achieving No Kill requires implementation of ten programs and services. We’ll show you what they are.

Vote for the Reader’s Digest Hero of the Year. The No Kill Advocacy Center’s director changes the face of homeless animals. Cast your vote for him and the animals.

The Best of No Kill Sheltering. Our best articles and how to manuals, all in one place.
And more.

The No Kill Advocate Issue #1 for 2007 is available by clicking here. (Pop-up blocker must be disabled. Otherwise go to http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org and click on “What’s New.”)

For more information about the No Kill Advocacy Center, click here (.pdf).

To support No Kill efforts nationwide by making a secure online donation, click here. To donate by check, click here (.pdf).

P.O. Box 74926 San Clemente CA 92673
http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org

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Friday Random Cuteness: Kermie, Busted!

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Kermie!

Busted!

For protesting Ford’s anti-enviro policies at the North American Auto Show!

Let’s hope they allow him the courtesy of conjugal visits with Miss Piggy in the slammer…even though I don’t think the two are technically married. I’m pretty sure that Rick Santorum would have objected to hawt frog-on-pig action.

(Photos via RAN.)

Luckily, I have plenty of reading material for our green friend:

* Carnival of the Green 59

* Carnival of Hurricane Relief 70

As a bonus this week, reader Jeff forwarded me a video of the No Kill Advocacy Center’s Nathan Winograd appearance on Rescue Roundtable:

Just click on the video and you’ll be redirected to You Tube.

And vote Nathan Reader’s Digest Hero of the Year!

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Vote Nathan J. Winograd Reader’s Digest Hero of the Year

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Reader’s Digest currently has a poll online asking readers to vote for their Hero of the Year, 2007; all the candidates have previously been profiled in the magazine. Among the choices is Nathan J. Winograd of The No Kill Advocacy Center.

The No-Kill Advocacy Center helps communities establish no-kill shelters, programs, and services for dogs, cats, and other unwanted animals:

At the No Kill Advocacy Center, we believe that it is up to us to put aside the fatalistic attitudes that change is impossible; that the best we can offer homeless animals is the two prong strategy of failure: adopt some and kill the rest; that a No Kill Nation is unattainable.

It is up to each and every one of us to work together to implement sheltering models that have saved thousands of animals. A No Kill Nation is within our reach; and if we work together – with certainty of purpose, assured of our own success, with the philosophy of “what must be done, shall be done” – the attainment of our goal will not be far off.

Put us to work saving the animals in your community.

To cast your vote, click here and be sure to choose “The Animal Lover” (that’s Nathan!). You can read Nathan’s story, “No Pet Left Behind,” here.

Results tba in April.

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No Kill Advocacy Center: The No Kill Advocate E-Newsletter, Issue No. 6, 2006

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

—– Original Message —–
From: No Kill Advocacy Center
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2006 4:16 PM
Subject: No Kill Advocate Issue #6

A No Kill nation is within our reach…

The No Kill Advocate Issue #6 for 2006 is available by clicking here. (.pdf)

The No Kill Advocate is a free e-newsletter.

In this issue:

What is an Adoptable Dog? There is no dog too old, too ugly or with too many impediments to find a loving new home.

The Pit Bull with Cropped Ears. Finding loving homes is often as simple as letting them tell their own story.

Two No Kill shelters look for new leaders. Do you have what it takes to save lives? Apply today.

Working with Veterinarians. Twenty cost effective programs for shelters to partner with the veterinary community.

And more.

The No Kill Advocate Issue #6 for 2006 is available by clicking here. (Pop-up blocker must be disabled. Otherwise go to http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org and click on “What’s New.”)

For more information about the No Kill Advocacy Center, click here (.pdf).

To support No Kill efforts nationwide by making a secure online donation, click here. To donate by check, click here (.pdf).

P.O. Box 74926 San Clemente CA 92673
http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org

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No Kill Advocacy Center: The No Kill Advocate E-Newsletter, Issue No. 5, 2006

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

—– Original Message —–
From: No Kill Advocacy Center
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 8:30 AM
Subject: No Kill Advocate Issue #5

A No Kill nation is within our reach…

The No Kill Advocate E-Newsletter

The No Kill Advocate Issue #5 for 2006 is available by clicking here.

The No Kill Advocate is a free e-newsletter.

In this issue:

A Call for Regime Change. The primary roadblock to a No Kill nation is the old guard of shelter directors who are content with the status quo. It is time for nationwide regime change.

Defining No Kill. There is only one legitimate definition of No Kill that doesn’t sweep animals under the rug. Animal lovers should not settle for anything less.

Socializing Shelter Animals. Animals in shelters deserve socialization and stimulation. Here’s how to do it.

The Ideal Animal Control Director. There is no list of compassionate directors to choose from, but that does not mean a community must settle for the status quo. We’ll show you how to recruit for success.

Legislative Failures. When Fort Wayne, IN, San Mateo, CA, and King County, WA passed their animal control legislation, the laws were hailed as a “national model.” We’ll show you why they remain a dismal failure.

And more.

The No Kill Advocate Issue #5 for 2006 is available by clicking here.

To support No Kill efforts nationwide by making a secure online donation, click here. To donate by check, click here.

P.O. Box 74926
San Clemente CA 92673
http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org

No Kill Advocacy Center: The No Kill Advocate E-Newsletter, Issue No. 4, 2006

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

—– Original Message —–
From: No Kill Advocacy Center
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2006 5:00 AM
Subject: No Kill Advocate Issue #4

The No Kill Advocate Issue #4 for 2006 is available by clicking here. [NOTE: This is a .pdf file!]

The No Kill Advocate is a free e-newsletter.

In this issue:

Adopt No Kill. Conventional wisdom says you can’t adopt your way out of killing. But like so much conventional wisdom, this one is also wrong. And once again, it is the old guard, reactionary national agencies that are to blame for this falsehood. Adopting an animal means a shelter does not kill that animal. Not only can a shelter adopt its way out of killing, it should.

Saving Philly’s Kittens. How did animal control in the nation’s fifth largest City empty its shelter of kittens? Not the usual way. They did it by adopting them out.

Saving 95%. Last year, the Charlottesville SPCA – an open door animal control shelter in the South – saved 9 out of 10 dogs. They think they can do better.
Building a No Kill Houston. Come to the free conference that has been callled “a prerequisite for rescue groups and organizations that are serious about changing their communities to No-Kill.”

A Framework for Success. From involving the community to putting aside all the excuses, the power to save lives is directly in shelter management’s hands.
And more.

The No Kill Advocate Issue #4 for 2006 is available by clicking here.

To support No Kill efforts nationwide by making a secure online donation, click here. To donate by check, click here.

P.O. Box 74926 San Clemente CA 92673
www.nokilladvocacycenter.org

No Kill Advocacy Center: Building a No Kill Community

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

If you’re free and in Houston this weekend, consider attending the “Building a No Kill Community” conference. Sorry for the late notice – still working through the backlog!

—– Original Message —–
From: No Kill Advocacy Center
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2006 7:51 PM
Subject: Building a No Kill Community

Come to the conference that has been called “a prerequisite for rescue groups and organizations that are serious about changing their communities to No-Kill.”

The Two-Day Conference by Nathan J. Winograd

Building a No Kill Community

Houston, TX
July 15-16, 2006

Sponsored by The Woodlands Dog Park Club

Free & Open to the Public

How do you build a No Kill community? How do you include feral cats in your community’s lifesaving protection? How do you pay for it all? And what about those big black dogs, shy cats and other “compromised” animals with impediments to adoption – can they be saved too?

You’ll get practical answers to end the killing of pets in your community including finding homes for dogs and cats most shelters currently consider unadoptable. Not in ten years, not in five years, but now – because Animals Deserve Our Protection Today!

Workshops include:

Building a No Kill Community
Saving Shelter Dogs
Feral Cat Care & Advocacy
Finding Homes for Big Dogs, Shy Cats
Mending Broken Bones & Spirits
Getting the Community to Pay for it All
And more…

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For more information, click here (www.nokillsolutions.com/conference.htm)

To register, click here (www.thewoodlandsdogparkclub.org, click on “events”)