• SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITIONWe are asking the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to form an Animal Advisory Commission for the purpose of crafting and implementing policies and procedures in support of No Kill shelter practices. The immediate and primary goal of this commission would be to increase live outcomes for Contra Costa County shelter pets to a minimum of 90%, in order to achieve No Kill county status and to more fully reflect the values of Contra Costa County residents!



In order to advocate effectively, we must arm ourselves with knowledge.

No Kill Equation – The first step toward a No Kill Contra Costa County is a decision, a commitment to reject kill-oriented ways of doing business. No Kill starts as an act of will. The next step involves putting in place the infrastructure to save lives. The No Kill Equation is a humane, sustainable, cost-effective shelter model that works hand-in-hand with public health and safety, while fulfilling a fiscal responsibility to taxpayers.

The success of this approach across the country proves the viability of this model. It is clear that No Kill is simply not achievable without rigorous implementation of each and every one of these programs and services. These programs provide the only model which has ever created No Kill communities. It is up to us in the humane movement to demand them of our local shelters, and no longer to settle for the illusory excuses and smokescreens that shelters often put up in order to avoid implementing them.

No Kill Nationa national advocacy organization dedicated to ending the systematic killing of healthy and treatable animals in our nation’s shelters.

Nathan Winogradthe Director of the No Kill Advocacy Center, Nathan Winograd is a graduate of Stanford Law School, a former criminal prosecutor and attorney, held a variety of leadership positions including 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. Nathan is the author of four books, Redemption, Irreconcilable Differences, All American Vegan, and Friendly Fire. Redemption won five national book awards and redefined the animal protection movement in the United States.

No Kill Advocacy Centerfounded in 2004 by Nathan Winograd, the No Kill Advocacy Center provides resources for advocates, including their free No Kill Advocate’s Toolkit which you are encouraged to download by clicking the image below!


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