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Ellen M Gifford Sheltering Home Corporation

Rating: 4.98 stars   47 reviews 1,385

Address:

30 Undine Rd. Brighton MA 02135 USA

Mission:

Our Mission: to take in homeless cats, provide them with high-quality care in a cageless no-kill environment and find them loving permanent homes.

Target demographics:

abandoned, abused and homeless cats

Geographic areas served:

Greater Boston Area and beyond

Programs:

community outreach, adoption, TNR education, rehoming and surrender options.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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617-787-8872
www.giffordcatshelter.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazing charity that I have the utmost respect for. I just wanted to inform you about a social media app called Rabadaba. It is a great way to raise real money for your cause, as well as to raise awareness for it. I have personally gotten paid by this app three times now, so I can assure you it is not a scam. I'd love to see your organization on Rabadaba, as we are all animal lovers and willing to help you out! Thank you for your time.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Every Sunday morning I watch WBZ TV Pet Parade with Kerry Connolly. One morning last December she featured adoptions from the Gifford Cat Shelter and something about the piece caught me. Later that same day, I went to visit and knew that it was an amazing place. I decided for the first time ever to join the volunteer ranks and have been so thankful that I have. The shelter staff, facilities, and my fellow Sunday volunteers are amazing and inspiring. The staff are passionate about the Gifford mission and their care of these lovely animals. It makes me wish I could do more. I look forward to going in every Sunday morning - just after watching WBZ TV Pet Parade - to make things nice for the cats and potential adoptions for the day. It is with mixed feelings each week when I come in to see some faces gone - off to a happy new home and a new face appear looking for their perfect family. I am grateful that such a place like the Gifford Shelter for cats exist.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I adopted my cat from Gifford years ago. They knew the personality of each cat and pointed me towards my perfect fit. All of the cats are in VERY large cages or in big rooms. No small cages here. Cats are taken care of like kings and queens. Please support this shelter!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Ellen Gifford Cat Shelter is a wonderful place. It is unique from other shelters because the cats and kittens are not in individual cages. They roam amongst their fellow cats and can socialize, sit on the windowsills and enjoy the sunshine and birds, and use the scratching posts and toys. The people that work there are kind, caring, and genuinely care about all the resident cats. I started volunteering there and it is so rewarding and calming to me. It is bittersweet when the cats get adopted because you fall in love with them caring for them. Please consider The Gifford Cat Shelter if you're looking to adopt a wonderful cat or looking for a rewarding place to volunteer.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is a place that genuinely cares about the happiness and wellbeing of cats

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We have adopted several cats from this shelter throughout the years. Very compassionate, great environment for cats who seek a forever home. A++++ all the way!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change Nothing :)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I brought a badly injured stray to Gifford, and they went out of their way to give that cat care no other shelter would have ever offered. Even though he was FIV+ and had a badly injured eye and ear, they got him all the medical care he needed, gave him his own room for the required six months, let us visit him often, brushed him, fed him, brought him back to life...and now he is a happy, spoiled boy in his forever home with one of the Gifford volunteers. This is a wonderful facility full of dedicated staff and volunteers. I have never been to another shelter like it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger and more well-known, so that more cats could be lucky enough to be cared for at Gifford and find their forever homes.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I cannot say enough good things about Giffords. My first visit was in 2011 when I was looking to adopt and the staff was so helpful in determining what type of cat would be best for my home. It was great to be able to interact with the cats outside of cages and it felt like the staff and volunteers really knew each animal and their personality. I was so impressed with the shelter that when I decided with my fiance to get another cat a year later, we knew we had to adopt from Gifford.

In addition to the great service during the adoption process, I have loved what the shelter has done as an organization. From setting up the outdoor space for the cats, to sponsoring the showing of "The Paw Project" and starting fundraising efforts that focus on particular health issues the cats face, they have really gone above and beyond to help all the cats that come in their doors.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the most amazing no-kill, caretaking, heart-filled cat home around. I got a wonderful cat from the Ellen M Gifford Sheltering Home 17 years ago, and she is still the best cat companion I've ever had. I am so impressed with the way they handle the cats, with such love and concern -- and they take care to place the cats in good homes that will work. One of my favorite organizations around.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My husband and I were volunteers at Gifford and sadly are no longer able help out. While there and since we left my opinion of Gifford has not changed. This place is AWESOME! Everyone who works there and volunteers there really love the cats they take in. The cage less environment make for happy kitties. They also do amazing work with shy cats. We even adopted a cat that they rescued from another shelter who said he was "unadoptable". Because of the work Gifford did with him and the relationship we have built with him, he is a loving cat now who loves to be pet and brushed and get belly rubs! I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Ellen M Gifford Sheltering Home and their amazing staff and volunteers!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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