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.


The main room at our cageless Salisbury adoption center.

The main room at our Salisbury adoption center.


    Our programs include:

  • Adoption Program: a no-kill adoption center in Salisbury, MA housing up to 60 cats and kittens
  • Feral Program: assistance with feral TNR (trap, vaccinate, neuter, and release) program
  • Sunday Spay/Neuter Clinics: monthly spay/neuter clinics for feral cats
  • The Catmobiles: two low-cost mobile spay/neuter clinics covering all of Eastern MA
  • Foster Program: cats and kittens in need of TLC before adoption
  • FARS Program: assistance with veterinary care costs for owned cats
  • The Captain Courageous Fund for injured feral cats
  • The Bridge Program: provides emergency boarding for cats whose owners are in perilous circumstances
  • Catmobile & spay/neuter resource hotline: refers dog and cat owners across the state to local low-cost spay/neuter services

Since our inception, the MRFRS has assisted over 1114,500 cats — placing over 20,600 cats and kittens into homes, spaying or neutering over 13,000 feral cats at our TNR clinics, and over 53,700 cats on our Catmobiles.


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Board of Directors

Adrienne Linnell, President

Lisa Finkel, Vice President

Lynda Schnare, Treasurer

Mary Kilpatrick, Secretary

Liz Pease, Executive Director


Tara Becker
Patte Grimes
Jennifer Hickman
Brian Hotchkiss
Gail Lynch
Melissa Mack
Scott Mattheson
Abhijeet Nadkarni