Interview! Katie Lisnik, Director of Cat Policy and Protection, Humane Society of the United States

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“We’re trying to package these bills in a media-friendly way, a legislator-friendly way, and an advocate-friendly way. Everybody has to be on board.”

Ready for Round 5 of Policy Jeopardy? Katie Lisnik once again updates us on the various changes and new initiatives in community cat policy across the US. The challenges facing animal welfare advocates differ greatly across the fifty states: while New Hampshire just passed a bill that approved the adoption of FIV+ and and Felv+ cats, Kansas is the last holdover of this outdated law, and the change seems slow to come. Katie also talks about the importance of clear and public position statements from animal welfare organizations, especially concerning hot-button issues like TNR and FIV+/Felv+ adoption.

You can read the Humane Society’s position statement on TNR here. If you are interested in getting involved with animal welfare legislation in your state, you can find your state director’s contact information on You can also find resources for anything related to sheltering, rescue, animal control, TNR, or community cat related at And, as always, you can email Katie at if you have any questions concerning animal welfare legislation and policy.

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