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Virgil Has Some Lovable Quirks

We all love our families, quirks and all. But let’s be honest, sometimes those quirks can really get to us! So, here are a few reasons why Virgil would quickly become your favorite family member! 1. He’s easy on the eyes … Continue reading

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Are You Ready For A Moo Update?

Moo has adjusted to her new home far better than we could have hoped. Here are a few things we’ve noticed about her so far: She is extremely curious, even for a cat! She is actually not at all afraid … Continue reading

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Bert, A.K.A. the “Moose,” Goes Behind the Scenes with Band, CliffLight

A popular Boston Calling Music Festival band, CliffLight, recently got a new member and he’s a Gifford cat named Bert. Bert is living a cool cat life thanks to his foster dad, Cliff, a life-long animal lover and professional musician … Continue reading

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The 6th Freedom

On the day Moo went home, I could hear the hoots and hollers through the 289 Facebook likes and feel the emotion conveyed by the 38 heartwarming comments and emojis as they rolled in. People from coast to coast, some … Continue reading

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Row It Forward To Support Gifford Cats

Calling all friends, family & supporters! We’re participating in Assembly Row’s Row It Forward fundraising shopping event and need your help. Many of you are already shopping, dining, and enjoying the offerings at Assembly Row and from August 10-23 we … Continue reading

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Win 6 Neil Young Tickets For 7/22 Concert

Don’t miss your chance to see Neil Young & Promise of Real with special guest Puss and Boots live for you and up to 5 friends. Special thanks to Michael Parad of Telecom Consultants, LLC. for generously donating 6 tickets up … Continue reading

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Yoga With Gifford Cats Postponed to Rain Date 7/17

We are so sorry to inform you, but due to a pending thunderstorm forecast between the hours of 6 – 8 p.m. tonight we will be cancelling our outdoor yoga session with our cats. The session will be postponed until … 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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    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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