Below is a list of speakers from a Best Friends No More Homeless Pets conference in October, 2001.
I assume that even then, these people knew each other for some time.
The list includes most of the same players as today.
Notice Bonney Brown, Winograd's appointee in Reno, was communications director of Best Friends back then.
No More Homeless Pets Conference
* Mike Arms, President, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
* Richard Avanzino, President, Maddie's Fund, Alameda, CA
* Francis Battista, Director of Animal Care, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
* Ed Boks, Director, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, Phoenix, AZ
* Bonney Brown, Communications Director, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
* Gregory Castle, President, No More Homeless Pets in Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
* Julie Castle, Program Director, No More Homeless Pets in Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
* Karen Medicus, Executive Director, Humane Society/SPCA Austin/Travis County, Austin, TX
* Michael Mountain, President, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
* Becky Robinson, National Director, Alley Cat Allies, Washington, DC
* Nathan Winograd, Executive Director, Tompkins County SPCA, Ithaca, NY