Mission: The MRFRS was founded in 1992 in response to the overpopulation of feral cats on the waterfront area of Newburyport MA. The MRFRS opened an adoption center in 1993 and has a large network of foster homes for kittens. Since its founding the MRFRS has placed over 4500 cats and kittens. In 2000 we will place over 500 cats and kittens and spay or neuter another 500 feral cats in Northeastern MA. The MRFRS acts as a role model for other feral cat rescue groups.
Programs: The merrimack river feline rescue society's catmobile program is a subsidized spay/neuter program designed specifically for cats, it is a mobile spay/neuter clinic which includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination, flea treatment, deworming and an exam. The society's two catmobiles are each staffed by a veterinarian and two technicians and can assist approximately 40 cats a day. The catmobile program covers the south shore, central ma, metrowest, north shore, merrimack river valley, boston and southern nh areas.
the mrfrs adopts out adult cats and kittens. All of the cats up for adoption are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and tested for feline leukemia and fiv. Since the mrfrs opened its first adoption center in 1993 they have adopted out over 18,000 cats and kittens into loving homes. The mrfrs accepts cats and kittens from the following towns: salisbury, newburyport, newbury, amesbury, west newbury, byfield and requests from rowley, merrimac, georgetown, and seabrook as well as from our donors and volunteers. Approximately, 700 cats/kittens were adopted during the current fiscal year. Mrfrs will also provide financial assistance to those in need.
the mrfrs also cares and assists feral cats through its programs. Volunteers ensure that feral feeding stations around our communities are maintained and stocked with sufficient dry food. Barn cats are placed in an approved barn environment to live in comfort while also helping to solve rodent problems for barn owners. In addition, the mrfrs offers sunday spay/neuter clinics, the purpose of which is to sterize and vaccinate as many feral cats as possible. Clinic treatments include: a brief examination, spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccines,flea and ear mite treatments, and the left ear is tipped for identification that the cat has been sterilized and vaccinated. In 2009, the society also increased its scope to spay and neuter a target area, lowell, ma, with the help of petsmart charities. Approximately, 1,100 cats have been assisted through this program. In addition, the society increased its scope to spay and neuter the fitchburg, ma area during the current fiscal year.
mrfrs received a grant for the purpose of mentoring five animal welfare agencies in the new england region on developing community trap-neuter-return programs.
MRFRS furnishes more than just food & shelter for those cats that are quick to find forever homes: it means not ending ANY cats' lives prematurely just because they are homeless, lost or feral. We do not euthanize any of our feline residents (even if they are FIV+ or FeL+), unless it is medically necessary. Our shelter is a safe haven for many cats who would otherwise be in a rather perilous position. We have mobile spay/neuter facilities, known as the Catmobile, which offers affordable sterilization & Rabies vaccinations. MRFRS also puts on a feral spay/neuter clinic every month in Methuen MA, which helps to reduce the amount of stray cats trying to survive in the wild. The organization is run by compassionate staff and volunteers and has made a huge impact in the nearly 20 years since it was founded in 1992.