My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Ellen Gifford Sheltering Home, Brighton, MA, USA
I've adopted my cats from shelters twice before and have always had good experiences. Gifford, from whom I adopted my two cats a year ago (after my beloved 17-year old cat died) was, however, exceptional, and topped them all.
1) The cats were exceptionally well-cared for, better than any other animal adoption center I visited, and I visited about 5;
2) They called me when they had two cats that met the description of what I said I was looking for on my application (some places called and tried to convince me to look at ones who didn't meet my request);
3) They had a quiet, separate room for me to meet the cats, so I had a chance to spend time with them without being surrounded by a lot of activity, noise and other animals;
4) They were the ONLY place that seemed to care as much about the cats being right for me as they were to get the cats adopted (which I experienced at a couple of places, where I felt the volunteers were really pushing me to adopt);
5) The people who work and volunteer at Gifford are utterly wonderful, and deeply caring about me and the cats;
6) The amount of paperwork was limited and done in no time (of course, they'd check my references, etc., before I came to see the cats);
7) They're on a quiet side street a few blocks from BC, parking was incredibly easy to get, and, if I recall correctly, you could walk to them from the Green Line "B" if you don't have a car.
I've had my two cats for a year now, and am grateful every day I went to Gifford. It's the Boston-area's best kept cat adoption secret!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
make not one single change, except to hope them continue success in raising enough funds to keep being as wonderful as they are.
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