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Review for Ellen Gifford Sheltering Home, Brighton, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at Gifford for almost 10 years and served as a board member for 7 years. There are two major factors that make this shelter unique and special. First, it is a cageless shelter - and has been so since 1884! Allowing cats freedom to move around, play and interact is so much less stressful for them than confining them to cages. In addition, Gifford is a shelter that goes the extra mile for cats. If a cat needs health care of some kind, it is provided. "Special needs" cats are admitted and cared for - sometimes it takes a while longer to find a permanent home for them, but they can stay as long as needed to find a home that is just right (for them and for their human family).

I am also so impressed with the history of the shelter. It was founded in 1884 by two people who were very forward-thinking for their time - Ellen Gifford and Nathan Appleton (of the prominent Boston Appleton family). Nathan was quoted as saying that animals "have a right to their lives and pursuit of happiness"... pretty amazing for the 1800's!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find away to increase donations and fundraising. Although it is a great shelter right now, there are improvements that could be made to the buildings to make them even better. The shelter currently spends the majority of its income on cat care - food, veterinary bills, etc. More funding to make the facilities even better would be great!

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Role:  Volunteer