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

Application Forms: cats | dogs | rabbits, birds, other small animals

New Arrivals

cat Butter Ball and Butter Bean
Domestic Short Hair–black & white mix

cat Simon
Domestic Short Hair–black & white & tuxedo mix

cat Empress Phoebe
Domestic Short Hair–white mix

cat Maurice
Tabby–Brown & Extra-Toes Cat (Hemingway Polydactyl) mix

rabbit Pony Boy
Netherland Dwarf

See all our animals!

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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 (or down­load this appli­ca­tion form, fill it in, and bring it to 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

The Healing Power of Cat Purrs

Infographic by Gemma Busquets >

The Pet Overpopulation Challenge

pet overpopulation challenge

Read about it here >

7 Ways To Help Less Adoptable Cats In Your Community

Read how >

Why spay and neuter?

Why spay and neuter?
larger version >

Choosing a Shelter Cat

Read more >

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

Read here >

Is It EVER Okay to Let a Cat Go Outdoors?

Find out >

Coping with Kitten Season

Read more >

Why Adopt a Second Cat?

Read more >

7 Reasons Senior Cats Make Awesome Pets

Read more >

Resolve to Be the Best Possible Cat Owner This Year

Read here >

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 >

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 >

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 2016 we found homes for 102 cats, 135 kittens, 2 dogs, 2 bunnies, and 2 birds.