Happy Tails — Andre the Shoulder Cat

By Mara Walton, Gifford staff

When Andre was 10 years old, his owner died and he ended up in a city shelter. As a senior cat coming down with a cold, Andre didn’t stand a chance — he was scheduled to be euthanized. Luckily for Andre, Gifford stepped in and took him in.

Upon arrival, Andre had to be rushed to an emergency vet for a respiratory infection. His chances of survival were low, but Andre is a stubborn boy. He required extensive care after hospitalization; oral medications, eye medications, supplements, and subcutaneous fluids. After weeks of care, Andre recovered. He was finally ready to start looking for his new home.

Andre on my shoulders

During adoption hours he would sit right next to the door and be the first one to greet adopters. Every morning he greeted me too. As much as Andre liked breakfast, he wasn’t meeting me at the door for food. Andre was waiting for his favorite treat – a shoulder ride.

As the weeks passed, I began to worry that no one was going to pick Andre. As great of a cat as he was, not many people come in looking for a senior cat. Then I got a call from a woman looking for a senior cat. I told her about Andre and to my delight, she said she would come meet him! When she arrived, Andre was sitting front and center. The connection was instantaneous.

Now Andre spends his days sleeping in her bed, sitting at the dinner table when guests come over, watching birds from a multitude of windows.

Meeting his adopters…

He is quite the social cat. His adopters tell me as soon as anyone comes in the door, he is right there to greet them. He gets so excited about company and participating in the entertaining!

He is also very fond of the young grandchildren in the family. They love to play with him and Andre just soaks it all up, gentle and happy to be the center of attention.

Andre also has a little blanket that someone made him, and he’s so attached to it that he loves to snuggle under it and listen to classical music.

Playing with the grandchildren

 

 

Andre has come a long way – and Gifford is so happy they could save him from being euthanized, and now in a warm, cozy home with lots of love. And yes, he still demands shoulder rides before every meal.

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When is a Volunteer More Than a Volunteer?

by KB Spector, Gifford volunteer

Betsy and David DeLorenzo, siblings who have been with Gifford for over six months, not only spend quality time with our residents every Wednesday morning, but became part of our family of adopters – before they had even finished their training.  A volunteer is more than a volunteer when they rescue a life.

It all started when Betsy, recovering from a car accident, was looking for a place for her and her brother to relax and get away from the world. Knowing that David loved cats, an internet search turned up a convenient volunteer opportunity.  Something to do with his sister, volunteering has also helped David with social interaction, which is not always the easiest for him.  He now actively checks the website and kitty cams, conversing regularly about the cats. The volunteer work has given him plenty to talk about too, given our residents’ wonderful personalities.  In David’s words, what he loves the most is “wondering which new cats will show up”, and equally adores the cats and the kittens.

David can be found rescuing the naughty cats that climb a bit too far, and is brave enough to lie on the floor and accept affectionate head-butting from Mandy, a long-time Gifford cat who is bit sassy . A volunteer is more than a volunteer when they are Mandy-approved!

For her part, Betsy has found the volunteer work a stress reliever as everything dissolves away when she is at the shelter. Having a steady conversation with her brother about which cats they are excited to see and who might have gone home has been a gift. And she has found particular joy with the Feline Charm School cats like Fifi, and Overlord – whom she has successfully lured into social interaction with treats. A volunteer is more than a volunteer when they can out-charm a Charm Schooler.

Early on, the duo decided to adopt one of Gifford’s cats, not a kitten, definitely not a kitten, and sought a pet exception from their landlord. A short time later, they arrived home with…a kitten! Recently, Betsy has begun taking classes on animal-assisted therapy and animal training. So it has come full circle for the siblings and their adopted kitten Rocko (Rocky), who is now clicker-trained and can high-five, sit and stand up on command.

Thank you, Betsy and David DeLorenzo, for being volunteers who are more than volunteers!

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Meow Mile 5K 2017

Gifford Cat Shelter 2017 Meow Mile 5K

Come run, walk or pounce your way to the finish line at the Meow Mile 5K Road Rally to benefit the work of the Gifford Cat Shelter! Pets are welcome to participate!

Show off your best animal costume for our first Animal Costume Contest!

The Meow Mile will be held on

Saturday, September 9, 2017

At

Chestnut Hill Reservoir

The route will consist of two laps around the Reservoir Trail to equal 5K.

Registration and the Start Line are located near the Reilly Memorial Rink at 355 Chestnut Hill Ave, Brighton, MA 02135.

Sign-in begins at 9:00 a.m.

Race start time is 10:00 a.m.

Register now at www.GiffordMeowMile.org

Register by August 1st, 2017 for a reduced registration cost

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Clear the Shelters Adoption Event on August 19

On Saturday, August 19 from 1-4pm we are teaming up with NBC BostonNECN and Telemundo Boston for “Clear the Shelters”, a nationwide pet adoption drive on  that helps find loving homes for animals in need.

If you’d like to adopt a cat on this special event, please fill out a non-binding adoption application by Monday, August 14. We have many wonderful cats in need of a loving home. Meet our cats!

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Cat In The Hat Calendar Raffle 2017

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 more you increase your chance of winning one or more of the amazing 31 prizes available.

Purchase one ticket for $10 or 3 for $25–you will have 31 chances to win a prize with each ticket! Here’s how it works:

– A winning ticket will be drawn each day in October.

– The winning ticket then goes back in for more chances to win.

– Winners will be notified by email and announced on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/giffordcatshelter each day.

– Prizes will be mailed (you may pick up your prize at the shelter if you wish).

To purchase, select one of two options:

1. Download the paper form and mail in. (You can download extra copies if you would like to sell tickets on our behalf.)

OR

2. Purchase online below by selecting the “Buy Now” button below the desired number of tickets.

1 Raffle Ticket $10.00




3 Raffle Tickets $25.00




6 Raffle Tickets $50.00




9 Raffle Tickets $75.00




12 Raffle Tickets $100.00




Thank you for supporting the Gifford Cat Shelter!

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Paws + Pints Event August 2017

Paws + Pints Event

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 6-10pm

What could be better than a fundraiser at a Brewery??!!

Paws+Pints Event
Night Shift Brewing
Tuesday, August 15
6-10pm

Night Shift Brewing is holding a benefit event for the shelter – but we need cat lovers like you to help make the evening a success! So join us on August 15 to savor a refreshing pint, sample food truck treats, and relax on their cozy patio. It’s all in support of the Gifford cats you know and love!

Plus, Night Shift is happy to welcome furry friends, if you have a dog who’d like to tag along.

Visit the event page on Facebook for more info and details. We hope to see you there!

Stop by to enjoy some delicious treats and help raise money for Gifford cats!

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Paws + Pints Event on August 15

What could be better than a fundraiser at a Brewery…!

Paws+Pints Event
Night Shift Brewing
Tuesday, August 15
6-10pm

Night Shift Brewing is holding a benefit event for the shelter – but we need cat lovers like you to help make the evening a success! So join us on August 15 to savor a refreshing pint, sample food truck treats from The Chubby Chickpea, and relax on their cozy patio. It’s all in support of the Gifford cats you know and love!

Plus, Night Shift is happy to welcome furry friends, if you have a dog who’d like to tag along.

Visit the event page on Facebook for more info and details. We hope to see you there!

Stop by to enjoy some delicious treats and help raise money for Gifford cats!

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Keeping Your Cat Cool During the Summer

Whether shorthair or longhair, your cat feels the summer heat and needs relief from the rising temperature. They are also at risk of dehydration just like us humans. So when the temperature starts to rise, make sure your kitty stays comfortable. Here are seven ways to keep your cat cool this summer.

1. Plenty of water. Make sure your cat has plenty of water in various positions around the house. It’s common sense but you should check your cat’s water bowl regularly and fill it up whenever it’s low. Cats can’t survive for long without it. Place the water bowls in shaded, but well trafficked areas. Cats often prefer their water to be placed away from their food. In addition. Always keep water AND food in a separate location from the litter box. No cat wants to eliminate close to where they eat or drink (would you?)

2. Let your cat choose a cool place to lie down. They will naturally gravitate towards a slate floor or a fan in summer, just as they will curl up in a warm place in winter.

3. Shaded Area. Make sure that at least one of your cat’s beds in located in a shaded area. That’s the best way to encourage her to stay out of the sun. An extra fan or two blowing in her general direction will help while she’s trying to take a nap.

4. Close the curtains. Keep the blinds closed and the curtains shut to keep the house cool for your cat. Keep the windows closed if it is hotter outside than in.

5. Postpone playtime. It’s best to have playtime early morning or at the end of the day, when it’s cooler. Cats can get overheated pretty quickly by strenuous exercise on hot days.

6. Daily Brushing. Even if you have a short hair cat, she’ll benefit from a daily brushing. By keeping her hair sleek and well maintained, your cat will really feel the breeze.

7.  Pet Your Cat with a Wet Cloth. Take a damp washcloth or paper towel and stroke your cat with it. Most cats don’t mind a little bit of moisture on their fur, especially when they notice how it can cool them off.

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Meet Mandy, the Most Misunderstood Cat at Gifford

As you can see from the photo below of her snuggling in the arms of shelter director Eric (add to it the sound of purring), five-year-old Mandy can be incredibly loving with people she knows well. Unfortunately, when meeting people for the first time—including, of course, potential adopters—she comes across as aloof and will sometimes even hiss. For that reason, she has been back at the shelter for over a year—and that’s after being in more than one foster home. A former stray, she’s the kind of cat who needs extra stability. Sadly, she has had anything but. But you can change that.

Please don’t be fooled by Mandy’s “standoffishness.” She’s actually a sweet and social cat, the first to greet volunteers at the door each morning. She always wants to be where the crowd is, so long as the crowd is pretending to ignore her! Think of her as an introverted extrovert.

Mandy can be a bit cranky, but she has made a ton of progress in recent months and is making more every day. She’s at her best when she feels in control and we believe that, once she has a home (and a person) all to herself, she’ll be a much happier cat. Still, there will probably be a significant amount of time where Mandy will have to call the shots in the relationship. The right adopter will be o.k. with that—o.k. with her rubbing up against you, even if she’s not amenable to petting (though Eric can demonstrate how, with long, confident, heavy-handed strokes, you can actually sneak some in). If she knows you, when she’s sleepy you can sometimes even rub the bridge of her nose. And once she gets comfortable with you, she will offer her belly to you as a sign of trust—though she’s not really intending for you to rub it!

A sturdy cat with corn-colored eyes, Mandy is mostly a couch-potato, though she’ll play with wand toys when she’s in the mood.  She’s very food motivated (which is something you can use to your advantage). Her ideal adopter will be persistent with her while at the same time letting her take things at her own pace and respecting her personal space. She’ll do best in an adult-only home with an experienced owner and no other cats. We know the right person will adore her quirky ways, like we do.

Want to meet Mandy or know more?  Please visit the shelter during public viewing hours:  Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm, and Thursdays from 4:-7:30pm.  It is also recommended to fill out a non-binding adoption application, which you can do by clicking here.

You can check out ALL of our cats available for adoption here:  Meet our cats

 

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Lularoe Pop-up Event

Come join us for a Lularoe pop-up event with a percentage of proceeds going directly to the shelter!
Lularoe is fun, fashionable clothing that fits and flatters every woman!
From our Lularoe representative:
“I carry a variety of dresses, skirts, tops in sizes XXS-3XL. And of course our buttery soft leggings! There isn’t a catalog so what you see is what I have! This means that you take home what you love that day. No ordering and waiting for delivery.”

Wednesday, June 28 
6:00 – 8:00pm
 at Gifford Cat Shelter
30 Undine Rd, Brighton
 
For more information on Lularoe and to see some of their comfortable, affordable, and stylish clothing please visit:  http://www.lularoe.com
Come shop, mingle with the cats, and have a good time.  We hope to see you there!
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