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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer at Gifford. It's a wonderful place for cats waiting for forever homes. It's the highlight of my week being there. I have adopted a senior and a kitten at Gifford, and these cats bring me so much joy!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted an older cat from Gifford two years ago, and I couldn't be more happy about the way my new buddy has changed my life.

When my cat arrived at Gifford, he was anxious, sick, and scared. He'd spent years living in a hoarder's house with 90 other cats, and we could tell he was desperate for a safe, stable environment, where he could relax, play, and learn to trust people again. After years of neglect, he needed extensive dental surgery, but Gifford made sure he got all the love and medical care he needed. And because Gifford is a cageless shelter, he was able to play, exercise, and nap in sunny windows while he recovered. I can't imagine a better place for him to have ended up!

Every day, Gifford cares for dozens of cats, many of whom would have struggled at another shelter (because of their age, or their shy personality, or their medical needs). Gifford's work is so inspiring that I decided to stay involved after adopting. I now volunteer at Gifford every week, and can tell you firsthand that your support means the world to all these cats and kittens!

Mark227

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Volunteer at Gifford. I help out with the cats when I can and I assist in fund raising for the shelter. That is what T do for them. What they do for me is so much more. In May of 2010 I moved back to Boston from 8 years in South Florida. While in Florida I rescued 2 cats. One was born with a deformed left rear leg. I named that cat AC (Another Cat). The other one was solid black, not a spot of white on her, so I called her Snowball. Because the house I was moving to in Boston had serious allergies, my cats stayed in Florida with my neighbors who had grown to love them. But once back here I was catless. Not happy. So a friend mentioned Gifford and i fell in love with the place, the people and of course the residents. I would visit a couple of times a week, bringing roast turkey as a treat for the cats. Then in 2014 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoma, and began a series of Chemo therapy. Due to a weakened immune system, my medical team did not want me visiting that many cats. So, for almost a year and a half I had to stay away. But once I was able to go again, the cats welcomed me with meows and leg rubs waiting for some turkey. (at least those who were still residents and that included a feral colony that has now been taken into the population, socialized and some have been adopted). There are of course many new faces that have come to know me and it seems each time one really attaches to me, they find a furever home. It is sad for me but great for the cats and the new families. Now that the cancer has been beaten, my kidneys are/have failed and my strength is not what it used to be. So each visit to Gifford is special to me. To sit in a room with a shy cat and wait for them to come to me and when they do, is a special time for me. To finally hold a cat that has been abused by humans and to know that they trust me enough, gives me a great feeling. To simply play with kittens while they get used to people. keeps a smile on my face. So, I thank Gifford for being there when I really need them and wish them at least another 130 years of being there for all cats, regardless of their age or medical needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Gifford Cat Shelter, I love it there. The cats have the freedom to roam around, it. The shelter is very good at being clean as well as doing as well a job as they can for the cats. They also have a program working with the shy cats, trying to get them to be more social.

I would very much recommend this shelter to anyone looking for a companion cat.

Lissa W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gifford does things the right way. It's a cage-less shelter, so the cats are allowed to roam freely--which is healthier and happier for them and has the added benefit of making it easier for potential adopters to interact with them. They always adopt bonded cats together. They have a separate "kitten room" where the little ones can play to their hearts content and not annoy the older cats. They have a special room for the FIV+ cats, and two special rooms for the shy cats who they work hard to socialize so that eventually they can be adopted. They're just so smart and thoughtful in everything they do. I can't say enough good things about them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two wonderful kitties from Gifford and am so glad I did. It was a long and thorough process, but that just goes to show how much Gifford truly cares about making great matches and ensuring their cats go to great homes. You can tell all the volunteers care deeply for the cats and love to be there. The cats themselves are all very well taken care of and are lucky to be placed with Gifford before finding their purrfect forever home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Gifford Cat Shelter is truly an amazing place and I'm so happy I found it! As a volunteer, I found the staff to be very kind and dedicated-- always putting the health and well being of the cats before anything else. I love the fact that it is a no-kill shelter and they welcome with open arms cats of all ages and whether or not they have special needs. I knew nothing about FIV cats until volunteering at Gifford and soon learned how lovely and adoptable they are! After volunteering for over a year, I even adopted a cat of my own named Zimba. It was the best decision I ever made and I'll forever be grateful to Gifford for bringing him into my life, and giving cats who would normally not be given a second chance (like Zimba) the opportunity to be adopted and thrive! Cats at the Gifford Shelter live in cageless homes, free to play and sleep where they'd like, as they learn to love and trust again. I've also volunteered at several of the shelter's fundraisers and can say how careful they are with how they spend the money they raise-- all money goes to what's in the cat's best interest. I've been very inspired over the years by the work of the Ellen Gifford Cat Shelter and I look forward to seeing it thrive for years to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gifford is an amazing place! I have been volunteering at Gifford for over six months, and I love coming to the shelter. The staff and volunteers care deeply about the well-being of the cats. The cats are kept in an environment that can benefit them the most, allowed to roam with other cats, and having plenty of opportunities to play and socialize with humans. In addition, the shelter puts a top priority on the cats' health, making sure their environment is kept clean to prevent infection, and giving them the best veterinary care possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Gifford Cat Shelter last year, and I continue to volunteer at the shelter every week. It has been one of the best volunteering experiences I have ever had. The staff and volunteers at the shelter work tirelessly to care for each cat that is brought to them. Even during some of last year's snow storms, numerous staff and volunteers made the trek to the shelter despite the poor traveling conditions. I love volunteering at this shelter, and I am amazed each week at the affection and attention given to each cat that passes through the shelter. The Gifford Cat Shelter is committed to each of its furry inhabitants, and I think everyone should consider adopting a cat from this wonderful shelter!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This shelter is everything and more. I adopted my cat from Gifford about a year ago from their special "Feline Charm School" socialization program for exceptionally shy and/or feral cats. Their volunteers work every day to socialize and acclimate cats that would otherwise have been un-adoptable by other shelters' standards. I am so happy that the volunteers at Gifford care so much and work so hard--without them I'm sure that I would never have found my favorite grumpy old man cat.