We work with individuals who need to surrender their cats as well as groups that rescue cats from homelessness, hoarding situations, abuse, and neglect.

Before Surrendering Your Cat

Try to Work through Behavioral Problems

There are many resources on the the internet and in print that help pet owners overcome some of the most common feline behavioral issues.  Best Friends Animal Society has some excellent resources on feline behavior-related issues as does the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Try to Find a Home Before You Contact a Shelter

If you can no longer care for your cat(s), consider trying to find a good home for your cat(s) by asking friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, your vet, etc. before calling a shelter.  Friends and acquaintances may be able to help you and your cat.  Our Shelter, like so many others, has limited space.

Surrendering Your Cat

If you absolutely must surrender your cat, please complete the online Surrender Form.

If you have found a homeless cat for which you would like to find a home, please call us at 617-787-8872.

Ideally, any cat you would like to surrender to Gifford should be:

  • spayed/neutered
  • up-to-date on rabies and distemper (FVRCP) vaccines
  • tested for FeLV and FIV.  We are not able to accept cats who have tested positive for FeLV, but may be able to take a cat with FIV.
  • treated with a de-wormer and for fleas
  • accompanied by medical records from a veterinarian showing that the cat is in good health, free of any contagious diseases, and documenting vaccinations, tests, surgeries, etc.

If  have questions regarding the above surrender requirements or need help meeting them, please call us.

Other Surrender Resources Include:

Please note we are a small, non-profit shelter and our ability to take in cats is limited. We review every application on a case-by-case basis. If you need to place a cat quickly, we encourage you to contact multiple shelters simultaneously. Please find below a list of other shelters in the area that may be able to help you. Note that this list does not indicate whether a shelter or rescue organization is No Kill.

Black Cat Rescue (takes in black and tuxedo cats only), Boston

Animal Rescue League of Boston (3 branches operate independently – call each)

Boston, Dedham and Brewster Branches

(617) 426-9170 – Boston Branch

(781) 326-0729 – Dedham Branch

(508) 255-1030 – Brewster Branch

Northeast Animal Shelter, Salem, MA

(978) 745-9888

Buddy Dog (They do take cats!), Sudbury, MA

(978) 443-6990

Baypath Humane Society, Hopkinton

(508) 435-6938

Quincy Animal Shelter, Quincy


 MSPCA – 3 branches

Boston Branch – (617) 522-7400

Cape Cod Branch – (508) 775-0940

Methuen Branch – (978) 687-7453

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