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June 2007 Newsletter

The common goal of animal shelters and rescue groups is to bring our local community to the place where we end the unnecessary killing of healthy, adoptable companion animals in animal shelters. This is referred to as "No Kill".

In Indianapolis, 14,848 companion animals were recorded as destroyed in 2006. The chance of an animal coming out of a shelter alive in Indianapolis is less than 50%. All of us in the animal welfare arena are tired of this. Sure, we celebrate positive outcomes, but how long until we celebrate "No Kill?"

What are other communities doing to bring their communities to "No Kill?"

Move to ACT (MtA) is honored to be hosting on October 8, 2007 Nathan Winograd, a national leader in creating No Kill communities, at a book signing for his soon to be released Redemption. Press Release

Nathan J. Winograd is the Director of the national No Kill Advocacy Center. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, a former criminal prosecutor and corporate attorney, was director of operations for the San Francisco SPCA and executive director of the Tompkins County SPCA, two of the most successful shelters in the nation. 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.

Communities which have embraced the No Kill philosophy and comprehensively implemented the No Kill equation can save in excess of 85% of animals in less than two years.

Richard Avanzino, director of Maddies Fund, puts it simply. Winograd is the "outstanding animal welfare leader in the country."

Q. Will completing spreadsheets and recategorizing animals make Indianapolis a No Kill community?

A. Some agencies have indicated that "shelters must first determine exactly what animals are being euthanized and for what reasons. This information is essential in order for shelters to better direct their resources and efforts." Winograd says, "This is unnecessary, a needless delay and a financially wasteful process for three reasons:"

Q. Will receiving more money make Indianapolis a No Kill community?

A. "When donors contribute to a nonprofit organization, they expect to see altruism in action. If they see self-interest instead, if they see business as usual, they have every reason to begin thinking of nonprofit institutions as businesses like any other."

Q. Will collaboration make Indianapolis a No Kill community?

A. "The buzzword in sheltering today is 'collaboration.' Activists who are tired of the killing in their communities are trying to get all parties to the table to agree on a joint campaign for change. These efforts are promoted and encouraged by many funding agencies, including some of the largest foundations in the country." "Any model - that elevates collaboration over programs as the Asilomar Accords and some foundation strategies do - will fail, as aptly demonstrated in the last few years of several nationwide No Kill attempts and coalitions that were long on promise and short on results." Misinterpreting pdf

Q. Will programs and services make Indianapolis a No Kill community?

A. "Animal welfare organizations across the nation began understanding - and documenting - what needs to be done to solve the pet overpopulation problem. The solution, it turns out, is not rocket science. Humane organizations need to implement programs focusing on reducing the numbers of animals entering animal shelters, increasing adoptions from animal shelters, increasing the numbers of lost pets reunited with their owners, and educating the public about the need for these programs. The success of this simple formula has been proven in city after city across the country." mal/ArkArticles.nsf/AllArticles/446281FB3B7DD7B686 25726100512F8E?OpenDocument

Q. Why aren't there more "No Kill communities?"

A. There are many reasons, but three main ones:

For more information on Nathan Winograd, visit and

If you would like to be a co-sponsor in bringing Nathan Winograd back to Indianapolis in March of 2008 for his workshop/seminar offering the direction pointing Indianapolis to No Kill please contact .

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Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of the animals.

The mission of Move to Act is to serve as a watchdog organization and as a visionary leader for animal welfare organizations of central Indiana. We seek to protect both the animals and the dollars donated for their care. MtA will concentrate on the animal welfare issues needing the most attention by encouraging improved policies and practices, and initiating change by motivating others to act. MtA boldly seeks truth and responsibility while operating on the principles of respect, accountability and integrity.

Warren G. Patitz
Move to Act
phone: 317-641-9300