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Friendly Fire, Nathan Winograd’s 2012 Book

I have read Redemption, Irreconcilable Differences and now Friendly Fire.  I am absolutely certain Winograd’s books have changed the lives of pets across the country and the numbers saved.  This book outlines some of the incredulous events that have transpired due to negligence, incompetence, or outright policy of some of the nation’s most recognizable but falsely respected animal organizations.

The book points out the problems with the opponents of No Kill, or more importantly, the saving of every treatable/healthy pet in the U.S. today.  Now if you have an open mind, even if you support some opposing organizations, I would encourage you to read this book and the other Winograd titles.  There really are enough people to adopt all the pets in shelters. It’s not going to be easy, but it has been proven on the local level in more than 200 towns and cities.  So you need to be ready to shed “what you know”.

If you actually don’t have an open mind, read it anyway.  I have some hope you will see many of these examples and arguments ring true and drive you to at least question the established organizations that do not daily strive to save every life.  There are good shelters out there.  But many are not, and the shelter system is not set up to reward lifesaving in the way that it should.

Between PETA, HSUS, ASPCA, and Best Friends we are talking about budgets of more than $250,000,000 annually.  With that kind of firepower, and most of their money drawn from commercials with sad or abused puppies and kittens, you think they could save some of the animals talked about in Friendly Fire.  Especially when the money was raised specifically to save them.

You shouldn’t take these stories as the final word.  Research them if you don’t believe it.  I have.  I haven’t researched all, but when I do, I always seem to fall on Winograd’s side.  People accuse him of being antagonistic, alarmist, etc.  They also accuse him of not footnoting enough.  I wouldn’t argue that as it is subjective, but I will defend his opinion on the basis that I have checked his facts.  I agree with his analysis of these organizations, and it depresses me that it is true.

PETA does believe “killing is a kindness”.  From their website article, Why We Euthanize – “As long as animals are still purposely bred and people aren’t spaying and neutering their companions, open-admission animal shelters and organizations like PETA must do society’s dirty work. Euthanasia is not a solution to overpopulation but rather a tragic necessity given the present crisis”

HSUS embraced the most notorious animal abuser of our time as a spokesman.  Using Michael Vick as spokesman is horrific.  If Jerry Sandusky gets out of jail, will he become the spokesperson for National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse?

They also raise money (over $36 Million) for tragedies like Katrina and the public steps up, then they reroute the money, “Even by the numbers in the HSUS’ own article, the funds dispersed for the purposes of Katrina related activities total just under $18 million or 52% of the funds. The remaining amount, over $16.5 million dollars cannot be accounted for through HSUS provided documentation through investigation of its tax records.” –

ASPCA  See the story of Oreo.  ASPCA raised a lot of money for this “dog’s rescue”. Pet’s Alive in Middletown NY offered to save her with no cost or liability to the ASPCA.  They killed her anyway.

In the end these group even find time to work together PETA Congratulates the ASPCA on the choice to kill Oreo.

Best Friends  The numbers are not in, but it looks like Best Friends pulled a “Katrina” on the homeless pets of “Sandy”. See John Sibley’s In Dog We Trust Blog.  They also help oppose Oreo’s law and defend the HSUS support in killing of more than 100 dogs in Wilkes County.

This book needs to be read if you believe we should not kill homeless pets under any but the most exceptional circumstances.  That each dog, cat, puppy or kitten deserve the right to live and should be judged individually on the criteria that if they have the potential for a life with a family, they should be given that chance.

His last two books changed my life, or more importantly changed the lives of cats and dogs that I have worked harder to save than ever before.  Now this is just strengthening my knowledge more than my resolve, but these stories are important when having to answer opponents of No Kill.

Welcome the people who defend the national organizations after reading this book.  And point out why you disagree, with specific examples of how they don’t effectively address the shelter problem in the U.S. today.  Then help they know how they can help.

Bark Away!