Director of Cat Protection and Policy
Katie Lisnik, The HSUS's Director of Cat Protection and Policy, focuses on expanding The HSUS's programs to ensure that cats—whether owned or feral—are protected and treated humanely.
Her priorities include promoting the essentials of companion-cat welfare: keeping cats indoors, getting them spayed or neutered, and making sure they always wear a collar and visible identification tags.
Lisnik also spotlights the impact that free-roaming cats have on the environment and wildlife.
Before focusing on cat protection and policy, Lisnik was The HSUS's state director for Maine from 2007 to 2011.
Lisnik currently serves on the board of the Maine Federation of Humane Societies and is president of the New England Federation of Humane Societies. She was also a prominent member of Maine's Linkage Project statewide advisory council, where she focused on the connection between animal cruelty and human violence.
Lisnik came to The HSUS from the Animal Welfare Society in southern Maine, where she was the organization's program coordinator. She has also worked as an animal shelter technician, an animal control officer, and a zookeeper.
Lisnik holds a bachelor's degree in animal science with a minor in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont, as well as a master's degree in animals and public policy from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
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