Since the MRFRS opened its first adoption center in 1993, we have adopted out over 18,000 cats and kittens into loving homes. For every cat or kitten that we place, we are able to rescue another homeless kitty.  All of our cats and kittens are spayed or neutered and microchipped before adoption. We have been supportive of pediatric spay/neuter since 1992 when we started rescuing kittens. If you are thinking of adopting a kitty from us, please consider adopting an older kitty or a formerly feral kitty. These adoptions represent only about 10% of our total adoptions and we are working hard to find more homes for these kitties.


Need to surrender a cat or kitten?

If you are having behavioral issues with your cat or kitten, please visit HSUS’s Cat Answer Tool for help before deciding that giving your cat up is your only option.


The MRFRS accepts cats and kittens by appointment only from these towns: Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Amesbury, West Newbury, Byfield and requests from Rowley, Merrimac, Georgetown, and Seabrook, as well as any cat originally adopted from us, and from our donors and volunteers. If you fall in one of these categories, please download the surrender form and Cat Owner Questionnaire (for owned cats only), fill it out COMPLETELY and then fax it back to us at 978-463-6826, or scan and email it to and we will contact you shortly about taking the cat/kitten into the program (if the cat is owned, see below!).


If you are a surrendering a cat that currently has an owner, please also download our Cat Owner Questionnaire, fill it out and submit it with your surrender form. Your surrender form will not be considered until we have both the surrender form and the questionnaire. This will help us find your cat the best possible new home! Please also considering trying to find your cat a new home yourself — see below for a link with helpful tips.


If you live outside these our service area towns or did not adopt your cat from us originally, please click here to find other shelters in your area, and for information about posting your cat on MassCats. It’s also a good idea to do as much as you can to find your cat a new home on your own. Check out our Rehoming Your Pet document for lots of great tips and ideas.