The mission of Gifford Cat Shelter is to provide a safe haven for stray, abused, and unwanted cats until they are matched with their permanent loving homes. 

30 Undine Rd, Brighton, MA 02135   |   617-787-8872

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Surrendering

your cat

If you need to surrender your cat, please complete Gifford's online Surrender Application Form.

 

If you have found a homeless cat, please contact us at giffordcats@giffordcatshelter.org.

 

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 you have questions regarding the above surrender requirements, please email us.

Gifford is 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

LOCATION: Boston, MA

FOCUS: Specializes in black and tuxedo cats
EMAIL: info@blackcatrescue.com

 

Northeast Animal Shelter

LOCATION: Salem, MA
 

Buddy Dog

LOCATION: Sudbury, MA
FOCUS: A shelter for cats and dogs
EMAIL: info@buddydoghs.org 

 

MSPCA, Boston

PHONE: (617) 522-5055
 

MSPCA, Nevins Farm

LOCATION: Methuen, MA
PHONE: (978) 687-7453 x 6101

 

MSPCA, Cape Cod

PHONE: (508) 775-0940
 

Animal Rescue League, Boston

3 branches operate independently – call each
PHONE: (617) 226-5621
EMAIL: intake@arlboston.org


​Animal Rescue League, Dedham

PHONE: (781) 326-0729
EMAIL: dedhamintake@arlboston.org

 

Animal Rescue League, ​Brewster

PHONE: (508) 255-1030
EMAIL: brewster@arlboston.org

 

Baypath Humane Society

LOCATION: Hopkinton, MA
EMAIL: catsurrenders@baypathhumane.org

 

Quincy Animal Shelter

LOCATION: Quincy, MA
PHONE: (617) 376-1349