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Nathan Winograd

Nathan Winograd is a graduate of Stanford Law School, a former criminal prosecutor and corporate attorney.  He has spoken nationally and internationally on animal sheltering issues, has written animal protection legislation at the state and national level, has created successful No-Kill programs in both urban and rural communities, and has consulted with a wide range of animal protection groups including some of the largest and best known in the nation.

His book, Redemption, is the most critically acclaimed book on the topic in the United States and the winner of five national book awards. Winner of USA Book News Award for Best Book (Animals/Pets), a Best Book Muse Medallion winner by the Cat Writers Association of America, an Award of Excellence and Best Book nominee by the Dog Writers Association of America, winner of a Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, and runner-up for the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Publishing, the book shatters the notion that killing animals in U.S. shelters is an act of kindness. He is also the author of Irreconcilable Differences, a collection of essays that follows up where Redemption left off and asks – and answers – the question of whether we can do better as a society when it comes to our stewardship of companion animals.

As a nationally recognized speaker, Nathan has also spoken at national animal welfare conferences from coast to coast. He has spoken internationally as well, as a guest of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and has been invited to speak as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the Czech Republic. He has also lectured on animal sheltering ethics to students at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the nation’s number one ranked veterinary school, and has lectured at the U.C.L.A. School of Law on animal law issues.

In various leadership positions, including Director of Operations, for the San Francisco SPCA, Nathan was instrumental in advancing some of the most progressive shelter programs in the nation, and helped push the lifesaving rate to over three times the national average for an urban community and at the time, the best in the nation. As Executive Director for the Tompkins County (NY) SPCA, he managed the full range of animal control and adoption services in a rural community, including construction of a new Pet Adoption Center achieving unprecedented results. Nathan is currently the Executive Director of the national No-Kill Advocacy Center.

Rescue Five-O
Rescue Five-O is a three-part nationwide campaign to rescue animals from death in the shelters and pounds of all 50 states by reforming our nation’s broken animal shelter system: 1. Campaign for new leadership in local shelters, 2. Political advocacy at the local level, and 3. Legislative changes at the state and local level.
The Companion Animal Protection Act saves lives! CAPA saves taxpayer money! CAPA improves public health and safety! CAPA is popular with voters! For No-Kill success to be widespread and long lasting, we must focus on institutionalizing No-Kill by giving shelter animals the rights and protections afforded by law.

Every successful social movement results in legal protections that codify expected conduct and provide protection against future conduct that violates normative values.

We need to regulate shelters in the same way we regulate hospitals and other agencies which hold the power over life and death. The answer lies in passing and enforcing shelter reform legislation which mandates how a shelter must operate. Rescuing animals by reforming our nation’s animal shelters in all 50 states. is America’s only national coalition of animal-welfare advocates who aim to end the needless killing of companion animals at our nation’s animal shelters.’s mission is to coordinate efforts and share resources among animal advocates throughout the United States who aim to end the unnecessary killing of companion animals in their communities.

Each member of the coalition advocates for the immediate and vigorous implementation of the No-Kill Advocacy Center’s “No-Kill Equation,” which has dramatically reduced shelter killing in communities like Ithaca, NY, Charlottesville, VA, and Reno, NV.

Together, we aim to end the unnecessary killing of adoptable and treatable dogs and cats in every animal shelter in our nation.

Feral Cat Crisis and TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return)


41 No-Kill Communities

There are 41 Open-Admission No-Kill Community Shelters, and Counting.

No-Kill Blogs

· Nathan Winograd’s Blog
· Michel Meunier’s No-Kill Revolution Blog
·’s Blog
· Ryan Clinton’s Blog & Facebook Page:
· Brent Toelner’s Blog: KC Dog Blog
· Valerie Hayes, Animal-Welfare Examiner:
· Kathy Pobloski, Wisconsin Watchdog:
· YesBiscuit:

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