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Do You Know Which Plants Are Safe For Cats?

The snow is clearing, and it seems like we might just survive this abominable winter. The time to plant this year’s garden is fast approaching! If you’re lucky enough to have a yard or greenhouse, be sure to consider the … Continue reading

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Life With Franklin

While living in Cambridge, Dave and Liz had long considered getting a dog. In the summer of 2012, however, they kindly offered to watch a friend’s cat and were immediately converted. A week later, they found themselves at the Gifford … Continue reading

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We’re Hiring!

Temporary – Shelter Cleaner Position (Part-time 15 – 20 hrs) Must love to clean! Must love to be around cats! Hours include Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Responsibilities & Duties: Position is responsible for daily upkeep and … Continue reading

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“Please find a good home for him”

“Please find a good home for him.” These words adorned a note found along with a terrified black cat in a vacated apartment. Thankfully, the landlord took the note to heart. After failing to get in touch with his former … 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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A Feline Affair, Viva Paws Vegas Style, raises over $33,000 to fuel Gifford’s medical care.

For 8 years, Gifford’s Feline Affair has become a beloved tradition for Gifford supporters. This year’s event, held on February 28th, was no exception. More than 125 passionate cat lovers attended A Feline Affair held at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, raising … Continue reading

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Friskies February (and March): Help Feed Our Cats

How many cans of Friskies does it take to feed over 400 cats a year? Answer: 11,000 cans or 458 cases. Please show our shelter kitties some love this February and donate as many cans of Friskies as you can. … 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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  • Featured Cat

    Adopt Me!

    Moo is a beautiful, black and white cow cat who is a big flirt! Check out the video we've posted here to see for yourself!

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    This petite kitty can often be be seen at the shelter rubbing up against visitors. But she particularly loves attention after she settles into a comfy bed. That's when she purrs up a storm and loves to have her neck & chin scratched. Sometimes Moo would rather just sit near you, so an experienced cat owner who will recognize her body language would be best for her. Moo, who is about 5 years old, is super cute and funny and once she gets to know you, Moo will come running up to greet you and meow in a cute, little way! Wouldn't you want to be greeted by this little face when you come home? Please note that Moo is not a fan of other cats and would prefer to be the only cat in your life.

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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.