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Dr. Rachel Geller and Gifford Cat Shelter Chosen to be Model for the United States

On Wednesday, October 28, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST, the Humane Society of the United States is presenting a webinar instructing shelters on how to create a cat behavior and retention program, with the goal of giving shelter staff the tools to … Continue reading

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Gifford Cat Shelter Introduces the Angel Fund

Gifford now has a new targeted fund. These funds are designed to help certain special populations in our care. In addition to the Tuffy, Domino and Olive Funds, we now have the Angel Fund. Gifford is committed to helping shy … Continue reading

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Meet Our Cats: The Importance Of Kitty Cams

It is with great pleasure to announce the use and installation of a third and fourth kitty cam in our facility! The kitty cams are essential at our shelter because they allow the public to view the cats and show … Continue reading

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Barney’s Found The Good Life

I’ve been meaning to send a Barney update for a while now. He has settled in so well that he runs this entire house. Barney steals the hearts of everyone that enters this apartment, especially those of his new grandparents, … Continue reading

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Gifford Cat Shelter Partners with SoWa’s Arts District for an Evening of Wine, Cheese and Cats!!

Join the Gifford Cat Shelter for a “First Friday” visit to the Boston South End studio of digital artist Paula Ogier!  Paula creates colorful, multi-layered art prints using mixed media, many of which feature cats, other animals or Boston scenes. … Continue reading

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Dining for Dollars At Bertucci’s, Newton

Looking for a way to support Gifford and enjoy some amazing food? Head on over to Bertucci’s in Newton on Wednesday, September 16th from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. Print this Bertucci Flyer and 15% of what you spend will be … Continue reading

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Gifford Outdoor Movie Night 8/25 Cancelled

Please note due to expected rain and thunderstorms, we will be canceling our Outdoor Movie Night. Unfortunately, we do not have a rain date scheduled for our rain date. We apologize for the inconvenience. Due to wet grass and technical equipment … Continue reading

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A Pawposal To Make History

133 Year First For Gifford Sometimes the best way to a woman’s heart is through her love of cats. Jordana, a former Gifford volunteer, is the ultimate cat lover and her boyfriend Oliver knew it.As their time together evolved and … Continue reading

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  • Cat in the Hat Raffle

    Cat In The Hat Raffle

    And the winner is...

    10/1 Rachel Aurelia - $25 Bed Bath and Beyond gift card
    10/2 Nancy Hearst - Rescue Pets of Boston book
    10/3 Terri Christopher - $100 Whole Foods gift card
    10/4 Roberta Kigner - Weston Nurseries gift card

    Congratulations and thank you for helping the Gifford Cat Shelter!

  • Kitty Cam

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    Vera: A Success Story

  • Featured Cat

    Adopt Me!

    Adam is a shy kitty who is getting braver every day. This 4-year-old is especially affectionate before breakfast time, when he rubs up against our legs and head butts us. Adam is used to living with other cats, so he would have to go home to a kitty who wanted a buddy. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out our online adoption application.

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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.