Tomorrow, Sunday, September 23rd is the Ellen Gifford Cat Shelter of Brighton’s Fall Festival. The shelter is “no-kill,” meaning they don’t euthanize cats to accommodate additional cat surrenders or due to a cat’s age. At the Gifford, cats are cared for until they find a home. One of the Gifford’s long-term residents, Bo, was with us for 15 years! I’ve been a volunteer at the Gifford since 2004, and watched its many changes over the years. Many cats have come and gone, some, bittersweet, as I tend to fall in love with them but am so glad when they finally find a home. The Gifford recently rebuilt it’s main facility and added two outdoor enclosures for the cats to roam in, one just for feral (non-socialized) cats. They also house a number of hard-to-adopt cats (FIV-positive, diabetic, behavioral issues, elderly, etc.) and take excellent care of them.
Tomorrow’s event is a fund-raiser, and an opportunity for visitors to meet the cats, as well as eat some goodies, participate in family-friendly activities and peruse crafts for sale. Hieropice will be vending there, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to support such a wonderful cause! The event is 1 PM to 5 PM at 30 Undine Road in Brighton, right near Boston College. Check out the event info on Facebook, and Gifford’s promo on Youtube. Hope to see you all there!