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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Volunteer at Gifford

volunteer opportunities

morning shifts

Morning volunteers help us with many of our most important tasks, including direct cat care such as providing food and water, scooping litter, sweeping, disinfecting, laundry, and other duties. Indirect cat care and administrative tasks may also be assigned. We're looking for hardworking and reliable people between the hours of 8–10am, any day of the week (including Saturdays & Sundays)!


Do you have any skills or areas of interest that you think could benefit Gifford? Let us know!

In addition to direct care of the cats, we often need help with other areas such as administration, event planning, fundraising, community outreach, yard work and maintenance, writing, and marketing. If you’d like to help in any of those areas, we’d love to have you volunteer with us.

  • ​A minimum 6-month commitment is requested, although we accept short term volunteers on a case by case basis

  • Many volunteer tasks require moderate physical exercise, so please be sure you understand and are comfortable with the physical needs.

  • The minimum age to volunteer is 18. We do accept volunteers under the age of 18 if they obtain prior approval from the Shelter Director. Minors also need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian each time they visit the shelter.

  • Prior experience is not required to volunteer!