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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

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 600 cats

Geographic areas served: Greater Boston Area and beyond

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

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about Gifford through a coworker and immediately contacted them about volunteer opportunities. They were generous with their time, giving us a tour of the facility and then signing us up for their volunteer open house. I love(d) everything about them: they're cage-free, which allows the cats freedom of movement and the ability to socialize with each other and the volunteers, but they have places for cats who want privacy to have their own space; the staff and volunteers know each of the cats individually and are able to make wonderful recommendations to the cats' future families depending on their (the cats' and people's) needs; they carefully vet each new family to make sure they're the right fit. They also make sure each volunteer has plenty of time playing with and socializing the cats--not just doing the work! My parents recently had to put down their beloved cat of 19 years, and even though they live in western New York, after one visit to Gifford they were absolutely committed to making the trip back to Boston to adopt there!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My brother and I are both cat lovers. When my brother decided to adopt a cat he made it clear that he wanted to rescue a cat from a shelter and give the animal a loving home. I looked for local cat shelters and found the Ellen Gifford Shelter. Their website is easy to navigate and we had fun looking at the cats that were available for adoption and their unique stories. our primary contact was Debbie and she was helpful,spent time with us and introduced us to our "forever friends".
Liberty,a black male who was found on July 4th has been a dream from day one.He had no trouble adjusting to his new environment and soon was the king of the house.He has brought joy,laughs and entertainment to the family.
I chose a small tabby cat named "Flower" who was found pregnant as a stray living under a porch. When I saw her picture on the web site I thought she was beautiful and had an adorable face.I renamed her "Tabby" I know how original but it suits her and now she responds to her name.it took her time to adjust to her new environment and to learn to trust and we have come a long way. Debbie continued her support and would email me back answers to my questions and I felt supported in my quest to give Tabby happiness in her new home.
I still check the website and feel I will always have a connection to the shelter .i had a wonderful experience and would recommend the shelter highly.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Gifford Cat Shelter is such a special place, and we thank you for your support. Many times when people go to cat shelters, they leave feeling depressed. The reaction is to feel sad for the cats because they are in cages, or just lying around, and in general seem to be yearning for love.

When one visits the Gifford Cat Shelter, that visitor feels filled with love and happiness. Far from feeling depressed, you are uplifted by the amount of love, caring, evident passion and dedication to the highest level of care for every cat at the Gifford. You feel so happy seeing the cats playing, snuggled up in their cozy beds, looking out from their perches and enjoying the sun in our enclosed pen. You don’t leave sad, you leave amazed and grateful that there are shelters like the Gifford Cat Shelter.

We have a beautiful feral colony enclosure where we care for cats who are unadoptable, yet we give them care, love and support. As much dedication is given to cats who are unadoptable as to the cute and affectionate cats who we know will be adopted right away. All of our feral cats in the enclosed colony are treated with dignity. It is beautiful.

Everyone on the Board of Directors is very committed to saving as many cats as possible. We have hired people who share these same beliefs, passionately and wholeheartedly. This level of dedication is passed on to every volunteer.

I have two cats of my own whom I love with all my heart. Every cat I have ever had has a special place in my heart. Every cat that crosses the threshold of Gifford is also loved by me. Every cat that comes to Gifford is loved by our outstanding shelter staff. We take sad cats and make them happy. We take scared cats and teach them trust. We take sick cats and make them better. I am so proud of the Gifford Cat Shelter,

Please consider making a donation to the Gifford Cat Shelter so we can continue our cageless, no-kill mission. You can spend your money knowing that you will get a good feeling from helping the Gifford Cats!

Thank you! Rachel Geller, Vice President of the Gifford Cat Shelter




Rachel Geller
Vice President, Gifford Cat Shelter






































The Gifford Cat Shelter is such a special place, and we thank you for your support. Many times when people go to cat shelters, they leave feeling depressed. The reaction is to feel sad for the cats because they are in cages, or just lying around, and in general seem to be yearning for love.

When one visits the Gifford Cat Shelter, that visitor feels filled with love and happiness. Far from feeling depressed, you are uplifted by the amount of love, caring, evident passion and dedication to the highest level of care for every cat at the Gifford. You feel so happy seeing the cats playing, snuggled up in their cozy beds, looking out from their perches and enjoying the sun in our enclosed pen. You don’t leave sad, you leave amazed and grateful that there are shelters like the Gifford Cat Shelter.

We have a beautiful feral colony enclosure where we care for cats who are unadoptable, yet we give them care, love and support. As much dedication is given to cats who are unadoptable as to the cute and affectionate cats who we know will be adopted right away. All of our feral cats in the enclosed colony are treated with dignity. It is beautiful.

Everyone on the Board of Directors is very committed to saving as many cats as possible. We have hired people who share these same beliefs, passionately and wholeheartedly. This level of dedication is passed on to every volunteer.

I have two cats of my own whom I love with all my heart. Every cat I have ever had has a special place in my heart. Every cat that crosses the threshold of Gifford is also loved by me. Every cat that comes to Gifford is loved by our outstanding shelter staff. We take sad cats and make them happy. We take scared cats and teach them trust. We take sick cats and make them better. I am proud of the Gifford Cat Shelter, and I thank you so much for adopting from us, because we couldn’t do it without you.



Please consider making a donation to the Gifford Cat Shelter so we can continue our cageless, no-kill mission. You can spend your money knowing that you will get a good feeling from helping the Gifford Cats!

Thank you,




Rachel Geller
Vice President, Gifford Cat Shelter






































The Gifford Cat Shelter is such a special place, and we thank you for your support. Many times when people go to cat shelters, they leave feeling depressed. The reaction is to feel sad for the cats because they are in cages, or just lying around, and in general seem to be yearning for love.

When one visits the Gifford Cat Shelter, that visitor feels filled with love and happiness. Far from feeling depressed, you are uplifted by the amount of love, caring, evident passion and dedication to the highest level of care for every cat at the Gifford. You feel so happy seeing the cats playing, snuggled up in their cozy beds, looking out from their perches and enjoying the sun in our enclosed pen. You don’t leave sad, you leave amazed and grateful that there are shelters like the Gifford Cat Shelter.

We have a beautiful feral colony enclosure where we care for cats who are unadoptable, yet we give them care, love and support. As much dedication is given to cats who are unadoptable as to the cute and affectionate cats who we know will be adopted right away. All of our feral cats in the enclosed colony are treated with dignity. It is beautiful.

Everyone on the Board of Directors is very committed to saving as many cats as possible. We have hired people who share these same beliefs, passionately and wholeheartedly. This level of dedication is passed on to every volunteer.

I have two cats of my own whom I love with all my heart. Every cat I have ever had has a special place in my heart. Every cat that crosses the threshold of Gifford is also loved by me. Every cat that comes to Gifford is loved by our outstanding shelter staff. We take sad cats and make them happy. We take scared cats and teach them trust. We take sick cats and make them better. I am proud of the Gifford Cat Shelter, and I thank you so much for adopting from us, because we couldn’t do it without you.



Please consider making a donation to the Gifford Cat Shelter so we can continue our cageless, no-kill mission. You can spend your money knowing that you will get a good feeling from helping the Gifford Cats!

Thank you,




Rachel Geller
Vice President, Gifford Cat Shelter






































The Gifford Cat Shelter is such a special place, and we thank you for your support. Many times when people go to cat shelters, they leave feeling depressed. The reaction is to feel sad for the cats because they are in cages, or just lying around, and in general seem to be yearning for love.

When one visits the Gifford Cat Shelter, that visitor feels filled with love and happiness. Far from feeling depressed, you are uplifted by the amount of love, caring, evident passion and dedication to the highest level of care for every cat at the Gifford. You feel so happy seeing the cats playing, snuggled up in their cozy beds, looking out from their perches and enjoying the sun in our enclosed pen. You don’t leave sad, you leave amazed and grateful that there are shelters like the Gifford Cat Shelter.

We have a beautiful feral colony enclosure where we care for cats who are unadoptable, yet we give them care, love and support. As much dedication is given to cats who are unadoptable as to the cute and affectionate cats who we know will be adopted right away. All of our feral cats in the enclosed colony are treated with dignity. It is beautiful.

Everyone on the Board of Directors is very committed to saving as many cats as possible. We have hired people who share these same beliefs, passionately and wholeheartedly. This level of dedication is passed on to every volunteer.

I have two cats of my own whom I love with all my heart. Every cat I have ever had has a special place in my heart. Every cat that crosses the threshold of Gifford is also loved by me. Every cat that comes to Gifford is loved by our outstanding shelter staff. We take sad cats and make them happy. We take scared cats and teach them trust. We take sick cats and make them better. I am proud of the Gifford Cat Shelter, and I thank you so much for adopting from us, because we couldn’t do it without you.



Please consider making a donation to the Gifford Cat Shelter so we can continue our cageless, no-kill mission. You can spend your money knowing that you will get a good feeling from helping the Gifford Cats!

Thank you,




Rachel Geller
Vice President, Gifford Cat Shelter







































The Gifford Cat Shelter is such a special place, and we thank you for your support. Many times when people go to cat shelters, they leave feeling depressed. The reaction is to feel sad for the cats because they are in cages, or just lying around, and in general seem to be yearning for love.

When one visits the Gifford Cat Shelter, that visitor feels filled with love and happiness. Far from feeling depressed, you are uplifted by the amount of love, caring, evident passion and dedication to the highest level of care for every cat at the Gifford. You feel so happy seeing the cats playing, snuggled up in their cozy beds, looking out from their perches and enjoying the sun in our enclosed pen. You don’t leave sad, you leave amazed and grateful that there are shelters like the Gifford Cat Shelter.

We have a beautiful feral colony enclosure where we care for cats who are unadoptable, yet we give them care, love and support. As much dedication is given to cats who are unadoptable as to the cute and affectionate cats who we know will be adopted right away. All of our feral cats in the enclosed colony are treated with dignity. It is beautiful.

Everyone on the Board of Directors is very committed to saving as many cats as possible. We have hired people who share these same beliefs, passionately and wholeheartedly. This level of dedication is passed on to every volunteer.

I have two cats of my own whom I love with all my heart. Every cat I have ever had has a special place in my heart. Every cat that crosses the threshold of Gifford is also loved by me. Every cat that comes to Gifford is loved by our outstanding shelter staff. We take sad cats and make them happy. We take scared cats and teach them trust. We take sick cats and make them better. I am proud of the Gifford Cat Shelter, and I thank you so much for adopting from us, because we couldn’t do it without you.



Please consider making a donation to the Gifford Cat Shelter so we can continue our cageless, no-kill mission. You can spend your money knowing that you will get a good feeling from helping the Gifford Cats!

Thank you,




Rachel Geller
Vice President, Gifford Cat Shelter







































The Gifford Cat Shelter is such a special place, and we thank you for your support. Many times when people go to cat shelters, they leave feeling depressed. The reaction is to feel sad for the cats because they are in cages, or just lying around, and in general seem to be yearning for love.

When one visits the Gifford Cat Shelter, that visitor feels filled with love and happiness. Far from feeling depressed, you are uplifted by the amount of love, caring, evident passion and dedication to the highest level of care for every cat at the Gifford. You feel so happy seeing the cats playing, snuggled up in their cozy beds, looking out from their perches and enjoying the sun in our enclosed pen. You don’t leave sad, you leave amazed and grateful that there are shelters like the Gifford Cat Shelter.











































Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my handsome and loveable cat, Hobbes from the Ellen Gifford Cat shelter 9 years ago. I had a very positive experience there and have recommended many other people looking for pets to check them out! When I went 9 years ago, there were 2 areas where the cats were housed. One house was for kittens and one was for adult cats. The people running the shelter knew about every cat/kitten and were very helpful in helping me make a decision. They were also very clean and there was lots of space for the cats to roam around.

Hobbes is a very shy cat and when I saw him, he was hiding in one of the kitty condos in the corner, not interacting with the swarms of other playful kittens. He was a beautiful kitten so I asked to hold him and from there, I was hooked. He took a nice deep breath on my lap and then melted into me while I petted him. He was and still is the sweetest boy...he was just a little shy. He likes to play, just not with so many other cats around : ).

I was told Hobbes came from a home that was overrun by cats who were neglected. People from the Ellen Gifford shelter went to the home and took in 2 litters of kittens (one who was Hobbes), and many of the grown cats so that they could find suitable homes for them.

I found the shelter to be clean and well run. They were very careful about Hobbes' well being and had some important rules before I was to take him home. First, he needed to be 3 pounds (a safe weight) before he was neutered and released to me, and second, I needed to make sure my other kitten, who I had adopted from another shelter 2 months earlier didn't have distemper (there was a distemper outbreak at the other shelter right after I adopted my first cat).

I am forever grateful to the Ellen Gifford Shelter for helping me to find Hobbes. He has and still does enrich my life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at the Ellen Gifford Sheltering Home since 2004, and have seen the impact of the shelter's incredibly devotion to homeless cats over the years. The staff at the Gifford really give 1000% to improve the lives of the animals, ensuring exceptional health care for them, including special needs cats, feral, and mature cats. The staff know every animal's name, personality, diet and health needs, and show genuine affection for each one. The shelter engages with the community, through "Petco days," open houses, and fundraisers including their yearly Wine Tasting and Fall Festival, ensuring their animals get every opportunity to be adopted to a loving home. I've brought every one of my good friends and family members to the Gifford to volunteer or attend one of their events because I so love the animals at the there and hope for the shelter's continued success. I will continue to support the Gifford in every way I can, they are truly doing great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the Gifford for the past year and it is a wonderful place. The cats live in a cageless environment with access to enclosed outdoor spaces. They provide placement to hundreds of cats and a good home to some cats who have little chance to be adopted. They get to know their animals’ personalities and screen potential adopters carefully so they can place the cats in homes that are a good fit for the cat and adopter alike. They go above and beyond when providing medical care to their animals. Any cat who finds its way to the Gifford is a lucky animal.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This cat shelter goes above and beyond in serving abused and abandoned cats. The shelter is sparkling clean (you have to rinse your shoes to go inside!) and essentially cage-less. There are a few huge enclosed areas where new cats stay until they feel safe with all the other cats--then everyone runs free in a spacious area with bay windows and tall cat trees. Gifford has something I have not seen at any other shelter: an enclosed outdoor garden where cats can smell real grass and chase butterflies.

Some cats end up being permanent residents for complicated reasons, and they are treated with love and respect. Other cats barely have time for a catnap before a thoroughly vetted adopter takes them home. The adoption process is slow and references are actually checked. Unlike some 'no kill' shelters this really is a no kill shelter where even the most difficult-to-place cats find a safe haven.