If there is one place on earth that's a lot like Austin, Texas, it's Berkeley, California. They're both funky, full of life, very progressive politically, have great food and coffee and bars, and have never met a wild idea they didn't embrace.
They have something else in common, too, in that they both save the lives of over 90 percent of their community's homeless dogs and cats, even though Austin has embraced the term "no-kill" and the city of Berkeley never has. That was one of the topics of discussion when I had dinner this evening with Nathan Winograd of the No-Kill Advocacy Center and Ryan Clinton of FixAustin.org at Berkeley's Saturn Cafe.
We also talked about the upcoming no-kill conference, some past presentations, good vs. bad PowerPoint, shelter medicine, pit bulls, cats with behavior problems, and how really crappy the parking was that night.
I'm sure I left something out.