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Christi Metropole

Executive Director

Stray Cat Alliance

When Christi Metropole encountered a stray and needy kitten in 1999, she was appalled to learn that there were little to no resources to help her, her cat and thousands like them. As a result, she founded Stray Cat Alliance and soon feral and free-roaming cats had a formidable ally. Under Christi’s unwavering leadership, hundreds of volunteers and scores of donors have since united to provide education, human power and skills to advocate for every cat’s right to be safe, healthy and valued. Under her astute direction, Stray Cat Alliance developed scalable, sustainable, best-practice programs (such as Safe and Home and Return to Home) that ensure a better quality of life for feral, stray, homeless or community cats, who are often misunderstood and targeted and wouldn’t otherwise survive and flourish. Christi is a respected expert in the field of animal welfare whose expertise and advocacy efforts have put her at the forefront of the movement to make Los Angeles a no-kill city. Her unwavering commitment to enact progressive and humane policies to save the lives of cats and kittens has made her a sought-after speaker on critical issues related to cat care and protection, laws regarding humane treatment and human health-related concerns. She worked for more than a decade to overturn the trap-neuter-return (TNR) injunction in the City of Los Angeles and was a leader in the development of Los Angeles’ Citywide Cat Program. Christi is acknowledged as the influential and candid voice for cats most in need.