The No Kill Nation is a community of people with different backgrounds and perspectives but with one thing in common - a desire to end killing for senseless reasons in our country’s shelters.  We want and need to hear from YOU, the people in our vast community.  If you would like to contribute to The No Kill Nation, send your submissions, links or story ideas to  For even more info read the FAQ for contributors here.

The No Kill Nation’s contributors include:

Brent Toellner of the KC Dog Blog

And Selma Mulvey of Caveat

Michel Meunier: A longtime rights activist for humans and animals alike, I became passionate about No Kill after reading “Redemption” and anything on the Internet I could get my hands on concerning animal sheltering.  I care about all animal suffering, but it seems like animal sheltering is one industry where average people can have an impact because they operate from funds donated or contributed via taxes from the community and should be accountable to their community.  Now, I work hard everyday to try to advance the ideas of the No Kill Equation in my area, though it is a slow, painful process at times.  I volunteer with all the animal groups in my area, and I’m about to start a pet help line with a humane society and a no kill study group that will try to write detailed reports to show what is working in our nation and why.  Since I am a technical writer, I figure I can put my writing and reserach skills to good use to help advance this cause in my co mmunity as well as nationwide.

Barbara R. Saunders has shared her life, at various times, with dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, guppies, goldfish, and a macaw. She has worked with animal welfare organizations in San Francisco including the San Francisco SPCA and Pets Unlimited.  Barbara is passionate about helping to save lives by bringing to animal welfare the business disciplines and technological fluency she learned in the corporate world. Barbara’s current animal companions are an “old-and-ugly”, formerly neglected dog and a cat rescued from abuse in a home affected by domestic violence.

Originally from the Northeast, Nicole Sica has traveled extensively throughout the US, and currently calls Houston, Texas home. A freelance writer for many years, Nicole is currently the Editor-In-Chief of Poocini Magazine, an online venue dedicated to the big hearts and inexhaustible spirit of Rescuers and the dogs they love. Nicole can be reached at

Shel of the Saving Pets Blog

Nathan J. Winograd is the Director of the national No Kill Advocacy Center and author of Redemption, The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, a former criminal prosecutor and 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.  You can also find Nathan writing at the No Kill Blog.

Sue Cosby is the Executive Director of the Animal Welfare Association in New Jersey overseeing both an animal shelter and NJ’s leading spay and neuter clinic.  

Her previous experiences include working as the Chief Operating Officer for an urban animal control shelter handling 25-30,000 animals annually, Assistant Training Director at a dog training school and ten years as a retail business owner.  In 2008 she founded  Despite her varied working experiences she has maintained her belief in and remained committed to a No Kill Community philosophy.


Melissa Donovan of Writing Forward 

Connie Swaim  of

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