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No Kill History in San Francisco

From Nathan J. Winograd
March 29, 2010

Dear Friends & Colleagues:

April 1 is right around the corner. We will have our fun. We will pull our
pranks. We will wake our spouses and partners and tell them something
they've been waiting—or dreading—to hear, only to follow up with an "April
Fool's" retort. But one thing is no April Fool's Joke. April 1 also has a
far more important—and deadly serious—significance . In my humble view, it
is one of the most important days in the history of animal sheltering,
right up there with the day Henry Bergh incorporated his SPCA in North

Sixteen years ago, on April 1, 1994, after months of negotiation and the
threat of a public initiative, Richard Avanzino, then President of the San
Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals signed the
Adoption "Pact", a memorandum of understanding between the SF/SPCA and the city shelter that guaranteed a home for every healthy dog and cat in San
Francisco. Each and every healthy dog and cat who entered the city's pound
would be saved—no matter how many there were or how long it took to find
them a home.

It was a historic beginning of an altogether different future for shelter
animals—not of certain death as had been the case nationwide since before
the turn of the century, but a future that held promise, protection, and a
new chance at life. As the front door at 2500 16th Street in San Francisco
slowly swung open that morning, the first battle flag of the No Kill
revolution was symbolically being raised.

Read "No Kill Day: A Celebration of Compassion" at ajRhI9

No Kill Blog

New blogs:

1. To kill animals in New York, the ASPCA goes after them in California. To
learn how the ASPCA in threatening animals on both coasts, read "The
ASPCA's One-Two Punch."

2. It is a time of great political acrimony in our time, but one issue
cuts through the political divisions that divide our nation. Read "Is No
Kill a Bipartisan Issue?"

3. Are you a rescuer in New York State. The No Kill Advocacy Center needs
you to participate in a short survey. Read "We Need You."

4. A call for regime change in Austin, back to basics in New York City,
Wayne's world of deception, and more in "No Kill News from Around the

5. Why is a shelter running out of food and threatening to kill a dog for
being hungry right down the street from the wealthiest humane society in
the country, an organization which raised over $100 million dollars in just
one year? Find out.

6. Irreconcilable Differences, my new book, is now available at Barnes &
Noble and wherever books are sold, ending its exclusive Amazon
availability. Find a local bookseller near you.

All available at www.nokillblog. com.

No Kill by the numbers, the decade that changed everything, lessons from an
Andy Warhol tote bag, it's a wonderful world, and the truth about the
ASPCA, HSUS, and PETA. Read the most influential blog on the No Kill
movement by clicking here.

Twitter News & Tidbits

Follow me on twitter and stay up to date with exclusive No Kill news from
around the country not posted elsewhere, and including real time updates of
new articles and blog posts.

Here are some recent tweets:

* Celebrate the day that launched the No Kill revolution in America when
San Francisco achieved the "impossible" : ajRhI9

* "They are all Oreo" - How Oreo's Law will also help stop animal abuse: cKudlp

* Striking contrast between regressive and progressive animal shelters: bXnck4

Cats, Birds, & the Law.

Join me in Los Angeles on April 13 for a two-hour seminar on cats,
predation, and the law at the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Attorneys
and paralegals eligible for two hours of CLE credit. Non-attorneys welcome.
The seminar will be followed by a book signing for my new book,
Irreconcilable Differences. All proceeds from the sales of books benefit
the lifesaving work of Stray Cat Alliance.

Go to for more information or to register.


Learn more about or purchase my books including Irreconcilable Differences
and Redemption.

Redemption is the winner of USA Book News' Best Book (Animal/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, finalist for
the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Publishing, and winner of a Silver
Medal from the Independent Publishers Association. It has been called
"powerful and inspirational, " "ground-breaking, " and "a must read for
anyone who cares about animals."

Go to nathanwinograd. com and click on "Bookstore."

You can get personally dedicated, signed, and gift-wrapped copies of my
books, with a card, for the animal lover on your list through the No Kill
Advocacy Center. Go to and click on "What's New" for more

Stay Connected

*Read Nathan's books
*Read the blog
*Follow on twitter
*Listen weekly on Animal Wise Radio
*Follow the work at the No Kill Advocacy Center
*Subscribe to the No Kill Advocacy Center's free e-newsletter
*Attend a public seminar and/or booksigning
*Stay up-to-date about upcoming books
*Read local and national shelter news with a San Francisco Bay Area angle

Go to nathanwinograd. com and click "About" and then click "Stay

The Examiner

As the San Francisco Animal Shelter writer for, I am writing
about local and national news from a San Francisco Bay Area perspective.

Read the articles at http://tinyurl. com/yl83ck7

www.nathanwinograd. com

Under siege since his callous killing of Oreo, an abused dog who survived
being thrown off a rooftop in Brooklyn but could not survive the “rescue”
by the ASPCA, ASPCA President Edwin J. Sayres is fighting legislation that
would make it illegal for shelters to kill animals which a qualified
non-profit organization is willing to save.

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