My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Ellen Gifford Sheltering Home, Brighton, MA, USA
After finally moving to a place where I could have a pet, I knew that I wanted to get a cat. It was my first time getting a pet of my own, though I grew up with pets and had been involved in my family's adoption process numerous times. My parents are very involved in animal rescue efforts in my hometown, so I have dealt with quite a few rescue organizations and been to lots of shelters. As I begun my search for a cat in Boston, I also went to several of the other organizations in town. The difference between a typical shelter and Gifford is really night and day. The facility is clean, large, bright, and truly designed with cats in mind--a world of difference from the loud, smelly, chaotic, and cramped environment of most shelters. The cats roam freely, which as a potential adopter is great because you can better evaluate their personalities and who might be a match for you, but is also so nice for the cats! The volunteers I interacted with were very kind and professional, and knew so much about the different cats that they are clearly very dedicated to their work there. After asking me a few questions, they were able to point out a few cats that seemed like they might suit me and tell me quite a bit about their history and habits--beyond volunteers, they are really matchmakers! I also know that, based on the history of the cat I ended up adopting and how long she was at Gifford, she probably would not have still been there at a typical shelter, so I am so thankful for Gifford's no-kill policy and the way in which they really try to meet the needs of every cat while they are at the shelter. I was also very impressed with how thorough they were in processing my application, calling references and everything. While it did make the adoption process a bit longer, I know it is just because they want to be sure all the cats go to good homes. My Gifford cat is the light of my life, and I am just so thankful an organization exists that can be so caring and patient with a cat who may not be the easiest or most adoptable cat out there. I just wish they were more conveniently located to me so that I could volunteer!