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Help Gifford Win 10,000 Free Meals for Our Cats

This holiday season, show your gratitude and support for the Gifford Cat Shelter by entering the ‘Feed a Shelter’ Contest sponsored by the ASPCA. The winning shelter will receive 10,000 free meals of Halo pet food, which would be a … Continue reading

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Halloween and the Legend of the Black Cat

  Like tea and biscuits or pie and chips, Black cats and Halloween have gone together for centuries. Some say black cats are bad luck others say they’re good luck, and sources to explain the reasons for this seem scarce, … Continue reading

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MA May Pass Bill to Enact Statewide Animal Abuser Registry

Paws Up! To Massachusetts Representative Steven Howitt for introducing legislation that would create a statewide animal abuser registry. Willful acts of violence and cruelty towards animals are among the most alarming crimes a human can commit. Not only do these … Continue reading

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Cat Behavior Advice: Dealing with the Feline Alarm Clock

First, much of the reason why your cat is driving you crazy during the night when you are trying to sleep may be that she needs stimulation during the day and right before bed, and she needs something to do if she wakes up … Continue reading

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Eat Yogurt and Benefit Gifford Cats on October 16!

Newton’s frozen yogurt vacation spot, Yogurt Beach, is holding a fundraiser for Gifford! Mention Gifford Cat Shelter and the shelter receives 30% of each order. Where: Yogurt Beach 665 Watertown Street Newton, MA When: Sunday, October 16 12 pm to … Continue reading

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Cat In The Hat Calendar Raffle 2016

Our popular raffle event is back! Please help us raise funds for the more than 400 cats at Gifford by entering our annual Cat In The Hat Calendar Raffle. The more you buy, the more you help the work we do, AND the … Continue reading

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Join us on October 8, 2016, for our biggest adoption event ever! If you’re thinking of adopting, this is the time. You can meet our wonderful cats and also have the chance to win prizes from Unleashed by Petco. October … Continue reading

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    Shelly is bonded with Golden, so they must be adopted together. Shelly is kind and fun-loving. She loves treats and to play. She is shy but likes people, and is quickly learning to appreciate human touch. We believe that, with a gentle and patient person or family, she will do extremely well. Shelley is enrolled in Gifford's Socialization Program for Shy and Fearful cats, designed to help give our under-socialized cats a chance at a permanent family and home. She now accepts full body pats, chin rubs and head scratches! If you have any questions regarding this cat please feel free to get in touch with the shelter. Get the application HERE.

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    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.