Director, National Community Cat Programs
Liz Finch started her career in animal welfare in 1997 by volunteering for several small nonprofits and Los Angeles Animal Services. In 2000, she cofounded a cat rescue organization and began devoting herself more seriously to animal welfare. In 2005, she began her career at Best Friends in the animal help department providing guidance and support to the public and rescue groups on all aspects of animal care and welfare. Liz shepherded that departments evolution into one focused on working strategically with the shelters and rescue groups that comprise the Best Friends Network. Today, Liz is the director of Best Friends national community cat programs CCPs, which are changing the way shelters relate to cats and cat issues. Instead of impounding stray or feral aka community cats, CCPs spay or neuter and vaccinate those cats, and return them to their neighborhoods. The result is that CCPs reduce the killing of cats in shelters and reduce the population of freeroaming cats over time in a humane and effective way. Liz currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she shares her home with two mischievous rabbits and nine cats, who frequently interrupt her workday by taking over the desk or wreaking havoc in some other part of the house.