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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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Purrfect Travels: Supporting Gifford and Good Deeds for Cats

Purrfect Travels is a creatively narrated photography book of cattitude in many countries.  Its mission is to bring visibility to organizations who do good deeds for cats including Gifford. Read more about their work at Like their page at to stay turned … Continue reading

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Shelter Open Hours Cancelled 2/15

Please be advised the shelter will NOT have regular open hours from 1 – 4 pm Sunday, February 15th due to weather. Regular public open hours will resume on Thursday, February 19th. Share this…

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The Happy Tail of Mr. Nino

To our extraordinary friends at the Gifford Cat Shelter, I’ve been meaning to write you for quite some time about the furry love of my life, Nino, whom I adopted from Gifford in August of 2013. First and foremost, I … 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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Buy a Simone’s Cupcake in January and Benefit the Gifford Cat Shelter

Helping Homeless Cats One Cupcake At A Time – Our animal loving friends at the South End Buttery have very generously deemed January 2015 Simone’s Cupcake Month in honor of their pastry chef’s newest family addition, Simone. During the entire month of … Continue reading

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2015 Cutest Pet Contest Starts January 15

Is your pet the cutest thing ever? Got a thousand photos to prove it? Enter our annual pet contest and show us her stuff! The Gifford Cat Shelter is currently accepting entries for our Annual Cutest Pet Contest 2015. Yes … Continue reading

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    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!

    Moo Video Link

    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.