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July 4th Shelter Hours

The shelter will be closed to the public in observance of Independence Day on Saturday July 4th, 2015. Volunteers are welcome until noon. Regular volunteer and public open hours will resume on Sunday, July 5th. Share this…

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Love For Lady Jane

In 1968, David Stiller was a 23-year-old whose life was pretty good. “I had a job, I had a girlfriend and I had a cat. The importance of those things is in the opposite order.” So when David was drafted … Continue reading

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Gifford Gear Design Contest

Want to get your cat loving artwork spotlighted? Enter your design into Gifford’s Design Contest. The winner will have their work displayed on Gifford Gear (t-shirts/totes) this year.  Your challenge is to create a t-shirt design that illustrates an original … Continue reading

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Puma the Gentleman

Hi Team Gifford! Thank you again for matching us with Puma.  He’s still settling in but doing well.  Attached is a pic of us playing this morning. He’s been an absolute  gentleman to his new (very bossy) sister.  She has … Continue reading

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Yoga With Gifford Cats

Join us for an evening of relaxation, yoga and cats! Gifford’s Full Moon Vinyasa Flow yoga class (all levels) will be led by yoga instructor, Amy D’ Orazio. Yoga will be held in Gifford’s outdoor enclosure, complete with Gifford’s friendly … Continue reading

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Author Lissa Warren Gives Gifford’s Meow Mixer A Paws Up

June 13th, 2015 Earlier this week, I visited Gifford Cat Shelter for the first time—to speak about my book at their “Meow Mixer.” I was a little apprehensive on my way over. To be honest, I was afraid the experience … Continue reading

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Team Gifford Takes Part in Boston’s Aids Walk & 5k Run

This year, we cat lovers have teamed up to raise money and awareness on behalf of our furry friends with feline AIDS, formally known as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Both cats and humans are afflicted by a similar virus and … Continue reading

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And The Winner Is….

“She suckered me in!”  That’s how long-time supporter Lee Cotes describes her first encounter with CiCi, the cat she adopted from Gifford back in 2008. Recently, Cici’s charm and good looks worked on a few other people…. 667 to be … Continue reading

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    Vera: A Success Story

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    Adopt Me!

    Virgil is a sweet 9 year old boy. He is incredibly social and is a lover to all. Virgil needs to be on a special diet; if you have any questions about his dietary needs please contact the shelter. Please note that Virgil has tested positive for FIV. FIV is NOT a highly contagious disease but it is transmitted through deep bite wounds from cat to cat.

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    The Gifford Cat Shelter is a cageless, no-kill facility founded in 1884 and sponsored by Ellen Gifford.

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