A no-kill animal shelter in Marblehead, Mass. rescuing animals in communities on the North Shore

New Arrivals

cat Jingera
Domestic Short Hair, black & white & tuxedo mix

cat Sammy
Domestic Short Hair–buff & white

kittens Nut Kittens
Domestic Short Hair mix
Male & Female

cat Kaz
Domestic Short Hair–orange & white mix

rabbit Spencer
Dwarf Rabbit

See all our animals!

We need a home!

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We are always in need of committed volunteers to walk dogs and feed cats; clean their cages, socialize with them; clean the grounds (seasonal); do fund­raising. Please sign up at the shelter. Read more >

Missing Pets Marblehead/​Swampscott

is a Facebook Group Page for Marblehead and Swampscott residents to post pictures and information about their missing pets and to share tips and sightings.  Go there >

We are a little shelter but we do big things!


News & Info

Why spay and neuter?

Why spay and neuter?
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Choosing a Shelter Cat

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6 Ways That Having a Pet Can Improve Your Life after 60

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Is It EVER Okay to Let a Cat Go Outdoors?

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Coping with Kitten Season

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Why Adopt a Second Cat?

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7 Reasons Senior Cats Make Awesome Pets

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Resolve to Be the Best Possible Cat Owner This Year

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Low-Cost Mobile Spay/Neuter for Cats

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society’s Catmobile Program is a subsidized mobile spay/neuter clinic designed specifically for cats. Their two Catmobiles are each staffed by a veterinarian and technician and can assist up to 30 cats a day.

The Catmobile program covers the North Shore, South Shore, Central MA, Metrowest, Merrimack River Valley, and greater Boston areas.

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Red Cross Pet First Aid App

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Resources for helping homeless animals in Massachusetts

There’s some great info here on the Mass.gov blog >

Foster Homes Needed Now!

Foster homes needed for kittens!

We are in desperate need of foster homes for kitten socializing. We will provide the cage for each kitten. We have brought in record numbers this year and there are still so many to be rescued. Read more >

The Challenges of TNR


The kittens in the litter box were recently trapped and are being socialized in hopes of adopting them out like the ones in this story.

Spaying And Neutering

Here are the places to go for low-cost spaying and neutering:

The CATMOBILE (978-465-1940) or email spaymass@mrfrs.org

Website Friends of Animals or call 1-800-321-7387

Order Your Massachusetts Animal Coalition Plate Now!

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The funds collected will be used to prevent pet overpopulation by funding programs that provide services such as spaying and neutering to cats and dogs for free or at minimal cost.  Click here!

Show off your support with Shelter merchandise

Take a look at the classy stuff you can buy at our fundraising events and local stores to help the Shelter:


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In 2015 we found homes for 99 cats, 160 kittens, 13 dogs, 2 bunnies, 6 birds, and 2 guinea pigs, for a total of 282 adoptions.