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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Charles River Alleycats (CRA) is the largest 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and feral cats in the Greater Boston area. We advocate and assist in trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs to humanely manage feral cat populations.

Results: CRA helps over 1,000 homeless street cats every year, often that are not able to be helped by many other local animal welfare organizations due to feral cats' wild nature and the extensive help that they need.

Target demographics: homeless street cats

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,000 cats per year.

Geographic areas served: the Greater Boston area

Programs: We advocate and assist in trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs to humanely manage feral cat populations.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CRA does amazing work!! We fostered and then adopted a big fluffy black kitty from Southie. He is now the love of our life and we couldn't imagine not having him. Thank you CRA for rescuing, treating, TNR and all else that you do to help street kitties have a fighting chance.

Ellen C.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Charles River Alley Cats rescued 4 stray kittens and 1 adult female cat from my backyard. I was desperate to get these stray cats help. Not all organizations deal with stray cats but this organization cares for all cats young and old. They are wonderful to work with. Very caring and professional. I would highly recommend them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So greatful for help from the team at Charles River Alleycats! We had a huge stray/feral cat situation on our hands when we first bought our house. CRA educated us and provided supplies and connections to help us carry out TNRs and adoptions. Amazing network of committed caring people!

Cassie O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The people of CRA don’t just love cats. They are whole-heartedly dedicated to saving cats and making their futures better. Many of them volunteer on their own time, trapping elusive pregnant queens, the last kitten in a litter of 7, or the aggressive unneutered tomcat who is determined to father hundreds of offspring.
They don’t just love cats, they are constantly working towards saving as many cats as they can and making sure that they have the best lives possible, whether they are adopted out through partner shelters or returned to their original colonies.

Diane R.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

In January 2012, Charles River Alleycats answered my call about a young feral cat that was following my older cat around, but was elusive. CRA brought down a trap one blustery day and showed me how to use it. When we trapped "AB" CRA returned to pick him up and have him neutered and returned to my neighborhood (event clipping his nails, one front paw actually had 9 nails on it). I tried to keep him indoors, but he was miserable for 4 months. I got him a heated cat house and he lived happily free, but well fed and loved. After Tiggie passed at 18 a few years ago, AB still stayed around, fed twice a day and even let me pat him. I could never thank CRA enough because if AB wasn't neutered, I don't think he would have had such a happy, carefree life. Thank you!

Vera S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

During a financially hard time of my life, a stray kitten started hanging around my back door. I could see that its health was deteriorating - its fur matting, its ribs starting to show - I began sharing my own cat's food with this stray kitten. I did not have enough money to adopt the kitten and take full responsibility for it, but I couldn't abandon it either. Once it began to trust me, I called Charles River Alleycats for help. They were tremendous. They supplied an outdoor house the kitten could use until it was brave enough to come into mine and they took the little guy in and saw to his basic health needs. The volunteer even outdrove a blizzard to get to my home in order to pick the kitten up.

Donor

Rating: 5

CRA does such great work to manage the cat population. I adopted a cat from them about 7 years ago and I am grateful everyday that CRA rescued her from the streets and gave me the opportunity to bring her into my home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a cat from CRA six years ago. She was the best decision I've ever made! CRA rescued her from the streets, kept her healthy and safe in foster homes until I could give her a forever home. I am so grateful for the great work for CRA and for bringing Mayzie into my life!

Chris L.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

CRA helped my neighbor and I over a decade and longer ago to trap neuter and return a cat and her kittens who were born under part of my house. The mother cat was fed by my neighbor and after my neighbor moved she got fed at our house twice daily and it was her hangout especially when we were home. She had a great life and she enriched ours every day. During the heatwave this August Shadow vanished and I am sad to say I am sure she has passed because she always came back here. This is an amazing group that has built connections with excellent vets, neighbors, cat lovers and caring citizens. Thank you CRA.

Marsha Langille S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRA is an amazing organization that works hard to rescue and TNR the cats of Boston and beyond. They often go above and beyond to help lost cats within the community as well. Can't say enough good things about the people and the organization as a whole!

Barbara K.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing group! I had a colony of feral cats. Jacalyn came to Brockton from RI. Hung around for hours trapping cats. Took them to her own home until she could bring them to the vet to be spayed and neutered. Kept them for a couple of days and then retuned them. She was quick and patient. She came back the next day to trap an injured baby who’s back paw was missing. She got him and took him to get treatment and then he was put into a foster home until he could get the proper care for his leg. She was wonderful. I am so grateful for the work that was done because it was a little overwhelming for me to do on my own. Thank you Charles river!
Barbara from Brockton

Jill B.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people making street cat’s lives better! So proud of all the good work they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

Charles River Alleycats helped us capture all the feral cats in our colony and spay and neuter them. The volunteers have been so amazing, patient and helpful. We live in a city where so many people don’t spay and neuter it has been a struggle. Just can’t thank them enough for all the help and support❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

My friend does trap-neuter-return with Charles River Alleycats help. They have assisted her in reducing the feral cat population here in Brockton more than any other group I have known. I'm not sure what we would do if it wasn't for Charles River Alleycats!