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

New Arrivals

cat LBK
Domestic Short Hair–black mix

cat Sambuca
Domestic Short Hair–gray & white mix

cat Gentleman Jim
Brown & Domestic Short Hair mix
Extra Large

cat Percy
Domestic Long Hair–black and white mix

dog Pinto
Terrier mix

See all our animals!

I 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

Fall in Love with a Feline

Our annual event to promote awareness and support of the Marblehead Animal Shelter takes place the week of February 21st through the 28th. Local businesses will support our efforts through fun events and promotions. We hope you will visit the shelter and consider adopting a feline friend!

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Quiz: What Kind of Valentine Is Your Cat?

Find out here >

5 Tips for Adopting Shelter Animals

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Outdoor Cold Weather Cat Tips

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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.

More info >

Top Ten Checklist for Cat Adopters

Thinking of adopting a cat? First, check out these helpful tips, gathered by American Humane Association.​

Red Cross Pet First Aid App

More info >

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.

Get your “I'm a Friend” sticker!

Your $2 donation goes to help FOMAA help more abandoned animals and each sticker placed on a vehicle will help find homes for more abandoned animals.

FOMAA sticker

The stickers are available at the Marblehead Animal Shelter during adoption hours or from one of these Marblehead shops:

Creature Comforts, Crosby’s Market Place, Marblehead Pet Supply, Pawsitively Marblehead, Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, Shubies Marketplace and Worldly Pets.

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 (at bottom) or call 1-800-321-7387

Order Your Massachusetts Animal Coalition Plate Now!

license plate

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!

No Fleas on Us

No Fleas on UsOur own Linda Greenberg has written a book about our extraordinary no-kill animal shelter. Read all about it here!

Show off your support with Shelter merchandise

Take a look at the classy stuff you can buy at our fundraising events 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.