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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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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Buy Lularoe Clothing and Help Gifford on June 28

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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Unique Program at Gifford – Drawing out the Love in Shy Cats

The Gifford Feline Charm School is a socialization program that was started to help some of our undersocialized cats become more used to human touch and interaction so that they can be more easily adopted into a permanent home.

It was initially based on a program developed by Best Friends Animal Society, and modified by Gifford, that works by rewarding positive behavior (such as allowing petting or brushing, or coming out to play with people) with a treat.

The techniques are based on routine, repetition, and slow and gentle persuasion, and have led to progressions over time for all the Charm School cats!

Volunteers use toys, petting and brushing tools, and quiet talking, to get the cats to momentarily forget about their fear of people and use their natural instinct to chase and catch. These techniques allow the cats to associate people with positive activities, and we have watched Feline Charm school cats slowly overcome their reluctance to approach volunteers and staff (rather than hide) and actually look forward to having visitors!

A core group of volunteers work regularly with the cats and record their observations, to better understand what is working best for each cat and to track both positive and negative behaviors, with the goal of finding the best approach for each cat.

There are currently 10 “graduates” from the Feline Charm School since the program was started, that have all been adopted into permanent homes! We regularly receive updates from their adopters that they are loving and delightful additions to their homes and, as their adopters continue to work with them, they are responding well and showing continued progress!

It takes a special, patient adopter to see the potential in these cats and to give them a chance at having their own forever home. Adopters and volunteers have found that working with a shy cat and seeing small but significant progress every day is an incredibly rewarding experience!

Adopting a cat in need of specialized behavioral care and attention is truly a selfless act. We are grateful to those individuals who understand their needs and are willing to dedicate their time and lifelong patience, giving these cats a second chance at a wonderful life and home outside of the shelter.

 

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Looking for a Lap Cat? Look No Further…

Hi, my name is Ghost! I didn’t always have a happy life, but I love people once I learn to trust them. When I first arrived at my foster home I was scared, but I quickly learned that my foster mom gave great ear scratches.

Naturally, I didn’t want to share her with my foster dad so I would walk around squeaking until he would leave the room. My foster mom thinks its hilarious…. my foster dad says I’m spoiled, but I know he loves me. Now I’ve learned to share the couch with everyone, but my foster mom will always be my favorite!

I spend my days lounging in the sunny windows watching birds and napping. I get very excited when my foster mom comes home and run to our cuddle spot. I love to curl up in her lap or next to her and use her as a pillow. Ear scratches are still the greatest thing ever and I reward my family with super loud purrs and furious kneading! I’m not the most coordinated cat and have been seen falling off while trying to jump from the first to second step of my cat tree, but I make up for it with my charm!

I’m mostly just a laid back cat looking for a quiet home with a person or two to call my own. I would make a loving addition to any adults only home!

8 Reasons to Fall in Love with Ghost

① Ghost plays favorites! His first 2 weeks in his foster home, he would cry until his foster dad would leave the room and he could cuddle on the couch with his foster mom. He’s now decided there’s room for all 3 of them so don’t worry, he will warm up to everyone! He’ll always have a clear favorite though and let’s be honest, it’s adorable.

② He can never say no to an ear scratch! He will contort himself into ridiculous positions for them.

③ Ghost doesn’t really meow, he squeaks. It will actually be the cutest sound you hear all year!

④ He craves human touch! He always wants to be touching you. Even if he starts just sitting beside you, he quickly pulls himself closer and closer until he’s pressed up against you.

⑤ Ghost sits in laps! And who doesn’t love a lap cat? No one.

⑥ One of his favorite things is to use you as a pillow! No matter where you are he wants to rest his head on you.

⑦ He’s polite! Ghost waits to be invited for cuddle time before coming over! When’s the last time you met a cat that asked permission to do anything?

⑧ He’s dog and cat friendly! At the shelter he lived with another cat and in his foster home he lives with 2 small (15 lb) dogs.

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From Injured, Abused and Fearful — to Cutest Pet Contest Winner

Most people now know Tito as this year’s Cutest Pet Photo Contest winner, but to his owner Jason, he is simply Jason’s constant companion. Jason adopted Tito, f/k/a Big Boy, in September of 2014 from Gifford after coming in for an open house, and that decision has brought both of them years of happiness.

Tito had a rough start to life. He was rescued from the streets and brought to Gifford after someone saw kids throwing rocks at him. He required medical attention and was in the shelter for five months before Jason decided to give him the chance he needed.

At Gifford, Tito had to be separated from the other cats and was very fearful of people. He wanted to play, but he would quickly become defensive when he felt threatened. Most people who saw Tito saw a troublemaker, but Jason saw that Tito wanted to give him head butts, and would, but that Tito needed to move at his own pace.

Tito is also FIV positive which served as another strike against him for most potential adopters, but Jason was undaunted. When Jason looked at Tito, he saw a cat who needed someone to trust and someone who would be willing to take care of him. After some research, Jason learned that FIV+ cats can live long and healthy lives with good care at home.

The only direct impact his FIV+ status has on his everyday life is to keep Tito inside, but either way Jason is quick to point out that it is much safer for all cats to be kept indoors. Jason was also no stranger to caring for a special needs cat, having cared for his prior feline companion, Minx, for six years with a thyroid condition.

Nowadays, you can often find Tito playing with the many toys Jason has for him, but especially his favorite – a catnip mouse tied to an old fishing pole toy with a long cord. Tito is a playful cat, and he never tires of playing with his homemade fishing pole toy. However, Tito’s favorite activity is curling up on Jason’s lap to take a nap. He is always sure to sleep in the same room as Jason!

Tito has gone from injured and fearful of people, to this year’s Cutest Pet with the love and support of Jason. Considering adopting an FIV+ cat? Take Jason’s words of advice, “Do it. Don’t think twice. These cats need good loving homes and good people to care for them.”

 

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