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Millions of healthy and adoptable dogs and cats are put to death in animal shelters every year. That their deaths are unnecessary is the premise of Winograd's unique and important book, which establishes a blueprint for the creation of no-kill shelters. Stanford Law graduate and former shelter director Winograd traces the history of animal sheltering from its original compassionate roots through today's animal control agencies and humane societies so entrenched in the status quo that they continue to kill homeless animals needlessly, ignoring successful no-kill models. The way out, he argues persuasively, is for shelters to implement comprehensive no-kill plans, which include reaching out to the community, care and rehabilitation, adoption and fostering, and sterilization of both pets and feral cats. Winograd skillfully recounts the stories of several communities that have used this "no-kill equation" to drastically reduce the killing in their animal shelters, demonstrating that, contrary to popular belief, a place can be found for every homeless pet in America. Recommended for public and academic libraries.