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Step 1) Send In Your Entry – To enter your pet into our Cutest Pet Contest, please email or snail mail a photo with your contact information, pet’s name, age of pet. Email to or snail mail to Gifford Cat Shelter, 30 Undine Road, Brighton, MA 02135

Gifford Cat Shelter (Brighton) > Massachusetts No Kill Animal Shelters

Join us Sunday, September 15th from 1p.m. – 4p.m. at the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter (30 Undine Rd, Brighton – BC Green line T-stop) for our Fall Festival celebration. Not only will you be able to take a tour of the oldest no-kill cageless cat shelter in the United States, but there will be games for the whole family, food, cat craft vendors, face painting and more.

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Get directions, reviews and information for Ellen M Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton, MA. Join us Sunday, October 4 from 1-4 pm at the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton (BC Green Line T-Stop) for our Fall Festival Celebration. Visit and play with our homeless cats, meet our ferals and take a tour of the oldest no-kill cageless animal shelter in the United States! There will be games for the whole family, food, cat craft vendors, face painting, “Ask the Vet” and more! Be sure to take a stroll through our outdoor cattery, a…

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If you would like to send your donation by mail, please be sure to include the name of the person/pet in whose honor or memory you are making the donation. Also include the address of the person who should receive the acknowledgement. Donations via mail can be sent to: Gifford Cat Shelter, 30 Undine Road, Brighton, MA 02135.

Address: 30 Undine Rd, Brighton, MA 02135


Long before the green line crawled its way up Commonwealth Avenue to Boston College, bulls, goats, and cats lived together on Undine Road in Brighton. The landscape where the Ellen M. Gifford Sheltering Home for animalsnow Gifford Cat Shelterstill operates has evolved since its founding in 1884. Among new residences, train tracks, and college students, you’ll find the same shelter with a distinction its founders would be proud of: it’s now the oldest cageless, life-saving shelter in the country.As time went on, land in Brighton began to be parceled and sold for residences, leaving less space for the free range of farm animals. The Gifford Sheltering Home eventually came to care exclusively for cats during WWII, when the price of dog food and other provisions became too much for the non-profit to finance.Since much of Brighton was sprawling farmland in the 1800s, the shelter was constructed to care for a range of animals that were commonly owned at the time. This included livestock like goats and bulls, as well as smaller animals like dogs and cats.The cats can spend anywhere from days to years at the shelter, located at 30 Undine Road in Brighton, before being adopted, according to Price. Most stay for a few months.