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Wed. 1/28 Volunteer Orientation Cancelled

Gifford Cat Shelter upcoming volunteer orientation scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28th at 6 p.m. has been cancelled due to weather. Attendees will be contacted early next week for rescheduling arrangements. Please contact the shelter or email for questions. Share … Continue reading

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Shelter Hours: 1/1/15

Warmest wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year. As a reminder, we are closed to the public on New Year’s Day 1/1/15.  Volunteers are welcome until noon. Regular open hours will resume on Friday, Jan. 2nd. … Continue reading

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Gifford Cats Featured on WBZ | CBS Boston’s Pet Parade

BOSTON (CBS) — Felines from Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton took center stage on Pet Parade at WBZ-TV’s studios this week. Visit our shelter and meet our stars: Terry, Mason, Moonpie and kittens, Prancer and Dancer. Help them find their … Continue reading

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Confessions of a First Time Cat Owner

By: Kitty Meow-Meow I was so nervous but excited.  Today was the day when I adopted my new cat!  Not just a cat but a companion, a confidant, and a good friend who will not talk back.  Sure I’ve had … Continue reading

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You Are Invited to the ‘Kitten Shower’ Foster Parent Information Session on March 29

Gifford Cat Shelter and Charles River Alley Cats invite you to our Kitten Shower. Soft and cuddly and purrfectly sweet, we have litters of new kittens for you to meet! All prospective foster parents—past, current, and new—are invited to attend … Continue reading

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Buy a Simone’s Cupcake in January and Benefit the Gifford Cat Shelter

Helping Homeless Cats One Cupcake At A Time – Our animal loving friends at the South End Buttery have very generously deemed January 2015 Simone’s Cupcake Month in honor of their pastry chef’s newest family addition, Simone. During the entire month of … Continue reading

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2015 Cutest Pet Contest Starts January 15

Is your pet the cutest thing ever? Got a thousand photos to prove it? Enter our annual pet contest and show us her stuff! The Gifford Cat Shelter is currently accepting entries for our Annual Cutest Pet Contest 2015. Yes … Continue reading

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A Feline Affair – February 28, 2015

Join us at Congregation Mishkan Tefila at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill for Gifford’s 2015 Feline Affair Live and Silent Auction. There will be a fabulous array of items on which to bid, delicious food, music and the chance … Continue reading

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  • Featured Cat

    Adopt Me!

    Mario is a shy, gentle cat, but he responds well to quiet petting and attention. Check out this video to see for yourself!

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    If you reach into his hiding place and start to gently rub his head and cheeks, he will gradually relax, purr, and press his head up for more. Sometimes he will even roll around and show his tummy and act cute and play with his toys. We think Mario would do best in a quiet home and might do well with another passive cat. Mario is looking for a special person make him feel comfortable in his new home. Could that be you?

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  • Your donation of just $25 makes a difference for our cats. Donate today!

    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.