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Happy Tails — Andre the Shoulder Cat

By Mara Walton, Gifford staff When Andre was 10 years old, his owner died and he ended up in a city shelter. As a senior cat coming down with a cold, Andre didn’t stand a chance — he was scheduled … Continue reading

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When is a Volunteer More Than a Volunteer?

by KB Spector, Gifford volunteer Betsy and David DeLorenzo, siblings who have been with Gifford for over six months, not only spend quality time with our residents every Wednesday morning, but became part of our family of adopters – before … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Cat Cool During the Summer

Whether shorthair or longhair, your cat feels the summer heat and needs relief from the rising temperature. They are also at risk of dehydration just like us humans. So when the temperature starts to rise, make sure your kitty stays … Continue reading

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Meet Mandy, the Most Misunderstood Cat at Gifford

As you can see from the photo below of her snuggling in the arms of shelter director Eric (add to it the sound of purring), five-year-old Mandy can be incredibly loving with people she knows well. Unfortunately, when meeting people … Continue reading

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Clear the Shelters Adoption Event on August 19

On Saturday, August 19 from 1-4pm we are teaming up with NBC Boston, NECN and Telemundo Boston for “Clear the Shelters”, a nationwide pet adoption drive on  that helps find loving homes for animals in need. If you’d like to adopt a cat on this special … Continue reading

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Cat In The Hat Calendar Raffle 2017

Our popular raffle event is back! Please help us raise funds for the more than 400 cats at Gifford by entering our annual Cat In The Hat Calendar Raffle. The more you buy, the more you help the work we do, AND the … Continue reading

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Paws + Pints Event on August 15

What could be better than a fundraiser at a Brewery…! Paws+Pints Event Night Shift Brewing Tuesday, August 15 6-10pm Night Shift Brewing is holding a benefit event for the shelter – but we need cat lovers like you to help make the evening a success! … Continue reading

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Run the Meow Mile 5K on September 9

Gifford Cat Shelter 2017 Meow Mile 5K Come run, walk or pounce your way to the finish line at the Meow Mile 5K Road Rally to benefit the work of the Gifford Cat Shelter! Pets are welcome to participate! Show … Continue reading

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    Josie is a gorgeous girl with sleepy eyes and a cute patch of gray under her chin. You will often find her curled up in a blanket in the sun, snuggling with one of her Gifford roommates or on her favorite perch. She is a very mellow girl who would prefer to watch while others run around the room! She loves to have her thick, beautiful fur brushed and will relax and close her eyes in contentment. She would do best in a home that understands her preference is to nap and observe, and that she most likely would not be up for any rigorous, high energy play. Josie would do fine as an only cat so she can get lots of pets from her person! If you have any questions regarding this cat please feel free to get in touch with the shelter. Get the application HERE.

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    The Gifford Cat Shelter is a cageless, no-kill facility founded in 1884 and sponsored by Ellen Gifford. The shelter is a pioneer in creating an environment that does not confine cats to small, movement-restricting cages.