I read it last August and was inspired by the precedents set in San Francisco and Tompkins County NY to volunteer at my local shelter ever since. I am in charge of rabbit adoptions there where they are a high volume shelter for them. They had a 70% kill rate before I started but following the guidelines in the book, they have not put down any rabbits since I started, I've done 50 adoptions since then, all top quality.
I help the dogs too but I cannot show how this formula works with the dogs and cats because I can only have a lot of control over the rabbit area.
I have been doing rescue for over 8 years now and I had been burned out and jaded before I read the book thinking there was no hope. But with a little moxie and marketing skills, I have made a huge difference for these rabbits.
Whenever a GSD comes in, I try to intervene and get them out too but I am still learning the black ops side of the shelter and so sometimes I can't help like with this guy who was killed yesterday.
Other volunteers at the shelter have read it too and are trying very hard to do their part in this formula but unfortunately our shelter has some ingrained problems which Winograd says are the #1 problems at these places and it is taking a long time to get some of the formula into place.
Plus that county is very rural and has some real neanderthal types, transplants are bringing up the quality of the population but not fast enough. I swear to God some of the people who bring in these animals should be shot on sight. Some are truly desperate and remorseful but some are not even human IMHO. That's a tough one.
I think the #1 places where Winograd's formula would work right away are the 2 places he achieved this, San Francisco and upstate NY, two very liberal, progressive areas where such dreams can come true.
But then is a subspecies of human out there who make it difficult.
It is like going back in time when you drive into some of these areas.