Twenty-five years ago, a few caring souls decided to come to the aid of the 300+ free-roaming cats just surviving along the Newburyport waterfront. The effort they launched was one of the first in the nation to use Trap-Neuter-Return to improve the lives of free-roaming cats. Once the cats had been trapped and spayed/neutered, they were fed twice a day at waterfront feeding stations and monitored for illness, injury, and any new additions. Thanks to that incredible work, the final cat in the waterfront colonies, “Zorro,” passed away in 2009.
In 2017, we are proud that, through continued expansion of our efforts, the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society has now assisted over 114,000 cats—free-roaming and owned, sick and healthy, young and old—in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.
Today, our organization has 18 staff, over 200 active volunteers and a line-up of effective and life-saving initiatives that benefit cats and the people who care for and about them. This year, we plan to celebrate our extraordinary past, and to look forward to our next 25 years.
Click here to learn more about the work of the MRFRS.