Friday, July 19, 2013

No Kill Conference & Giveaway (belated 7/15 BTC post too)

This past weekend I attended the national No Kill Conference in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University of Law. There were attendees from 45 states and 11 countries. There were many shelter workers, animal lawyers, veterinarians, and pet lovers alike who attended to learn how to stop the killing of animals in animal shelters. 
Opening address.
This is also my Blog The Change post - since it is all about saving animals! If you weren't able to attend the conference, there are resources available that were given to us at the conference that I wanted to share.

Next year promises to be even bigger and better (we'll announce date and location in January). In addition, since some of you could not come to Washington, D.C. given the cost and your commitments (especially to your animals), No Kill Advocacy Center director Nathan Winograd is coming to you. Over the next couple of weeks, he'll announce speaking engagements in several cities across the U.S. including Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and elsewhere. 
Community cats session.

I learned a lot at the conference about the general No Kill movement. I attended a session on feral/community cats taught by my friend Peter Wolf of Vox Felina (and recently employed as Best Friends Animal Society's Cat Initiatives Analyst!)

Advocacy Blogging session.
Among the other sessions I went to, another interesting one was the Advocacy Blogging. It was interesting to attend a session that I knew something about. Since I generally do a multitude of different cat posts, I learned a little about advocacy, which I know I will be posting about in the future!

If you are interested in the No Kill movement, I highly recommend that you like their page on Facebook, check out their website and plan to attend a conference in the future.

And now for the exciting portion of this post, I have a giveaway! I am giving away, to ONE lucky winner, three books. Read below how to enter the giveaway:

Redemption is the story of animal sheltering in the United States, a movement that was born of compassion and then lost its way. It is the story of the “No Kill” movement, which says we can and must stop the killing. It is about heroes and villains, betrayal and redemption. And it is about a social movement as noble and just as those that have come before. But most of all, it is a story about believing in the community and trusting in the power of compassion. Called “powerful and inspirational,” “ground-breaking,” and “a must read for anyone who cares about animals,” Redemption is the winner of five book awards and redefined the animal protection movement worldwide.

The follow up to Redemption, Irreconcilable Differences tackles the myth of pet overpopulation, the war on pit bulls, feline/canine abortion, end of life “euthanasia,” and more. Irreconcilable Differences is called “clear and rigorously reasoned,” “excellent reading,” “a real page turner,” “inspiring,” and “the perfect follow-up to Redemption” by “the voice of America’s displaced pets and the conscience of the animal sheltering industry.”

When animal lovers learn about the tragic reality of cruelty and killing that is endemic at our nation’s “shelters,” and that the national organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the ASPCA defend the killing and thwart reform efforts, the first—and the most logical—question that inevitably follows is: Why? Friendly Fire answers this often confounding question while telling the stories of animals who have become catalysts for change: Oreo, Ace, Patrick, Kapone, Hope, Scruffy, Jeri & Murray, and others.

How to win:
Please leave a comment with your email. Comments without emails will be disregarded. Enter from today, Saturday July 20 to Saturday July 27 until 12 am. The winner will be contacted by email.

Good luck!

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