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No-kill leader Nathan Winograd to appear in Denver during national tour

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Nathan Winograd, leader of a national movement to prevent euthanasia of animals housed in shelters, will be in Denver on July 12 to present a film documentary based on his book "Redemption" and to make public remarks.

Winograd's visit will be part of a 25-city national tour. His appearance will be at the auditorium in the Denver Post building on West Colfax Avenue, which is rented to public groups.

His appearance comes as no-kill organizations and the Colorado shelter community spar in court over a proposed state ballot initiative to severely limit euthanasia in the shelters.

Winograd, a Stanford Law School graduate and former prosecutor, and his backers argue that there is no need for the number of euthanasia procedures being done in the United States.

Shelter officials fear that, if the initiative makes the ballot and is approved by voters, animals already in shelters will have to be warehoused while others are turned away to possibly roam the streets.

"Redemption," published in 2009, seeks to make the case that animal sheltering has lost its way and that the no-kill method will save many more of them.

Admission to Winograd's appearance will be based on a sliding scale. More information:(www.nokillredemption.com)

Davyd Smith, a leader of the Denver-based No kill Colorado organization, said that after expenses are paid any excess will go to local nonprofit groups.

Smith said he'd like to get skeptics of the No kill movement to come and view the film.

"My hope is to get people who don't understand it or oppose it," he said. "Any shelter director in Colorado is welcome to come free with a guest." There will time to talk to Winograd after the film, he said.

No kill Colorado, meanwhile, is planning to hold its second annual "Just One Day" event on June 11. The idea is for animal groups to pledge not to kill any shelter animals on this day.

Last year's event took place in Denver, but this year's will be held at sites throughout Colorado, Smith said, including at Petco stores. The organizers will also collect pet products such as collars and leashes for animals that need them. Information: (www.nokilldenver.org)

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