To improve the lives of all cats and provide support and education for the people who care about them.
MRFRS was founded in 1992 in response to growth in the feral or homeless cat population along the Merrimack River in Newburyport. The MRFRS began a trap, neuter, and return (TNR) program for these cats in 1992 with feeding stations where the cats are fed twice a day. In 2009, Zorro, the last feral cat from the colony, passed away. Each year, we assist cats in need from over 100 towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
These are our programs:
Adoption center in Salisbury, MA
A feral trap, vaccinate, neuter, and release program
A low-cost spay/neuter program operated by the Catmobile
A foster home program for healthy and special needs cats and kittens
A barn program for feral relocation
The MRFRS adopts out adult cats and kittens. All of our cats and kittens up for adoption come with over $500 in veterinary treatment including being: spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms, microchipped and given an overall wellness exam by our vet. All cats come with a 14-Day Health Warranty. Adult cats are tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV; kittens under 6 months of age are tested for Feline Leukemia. Our cats also have a lifetime guarantee of a home with us, should the need ever arise.
We are currently doing all adoptions virtually, so meeting the cats and kittens will be done through pictures, videos, and potentially Zoom meetings.