An Extremely Important Article-Affects AB1634
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YOUR WHOLE PET
Is pet overpopulation a myth? Inside Nathan Winograd’s “Redemption”
By Christie Keith, Special to SF Gate
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
In the still-heated debate over reducing shelters deaths in California, there is probably no more polarizing figure than Nathan Winograd, former director of operations for the San Francisco SPCA.
At first glance, Winograd has all the credentials any animal rights activist or shelter professional could ask for. He’s a vegan. He left a lucrative career as a prosecuting attorney to devote himself to helping animals. Last year, his income was only $35,000. He has spearheaded the No Kill Advocacy Center, a national organization aimed at ending the killing of pets in animal shelters. While director of operations at the San Francisco SPCA, he worked with then-president Richard Avanzino to implement a wide variety of animal livesaving programs, and then went on to achieve similar success as director of a rural shelter in upstate New York.
But Winograd isn’t making a lot of friends in the shelter industry these days. That’s because he authored a book called “Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America” that challenges the very foundation of nearly every theory and principle of shelter management in this country: The idea that there are more pets dying in shelters each year than homes available for those pets.
We urge everyone to read this article as soon as possible. It certainly casts doubt on a lot of support for AB1634, doubt that comes from the voice of most experience. Of course, you need to make up your own mind, perhaps by buying the book from Amazon .com and getting more facts.
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