A no-kill animal shelter in Marblehead, Mass. rescuing animals in communities on the North Shore

Saturday April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day - Our adoption hours are 12-5

New Arrivals

cat Lady
Domestic Long Hair–buff & white mix

cat Coal
Domestic Short Hair–black & American Curl mix

cats Ferdinand and Lexington
Domestic Short Hair–black & Domestic Short Hair–orange mix

cat Minnie Mouse
Domestic Short Hair–gray & white mix

cat Henri
Domestic Medium Hair–gray

See all our animals!

We need a home!

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We are always in need of committed volunteers to walk dogs and feed cats; clean their cages, socialize with them; clean the grounds (seasonal); do fund­raising. Please sign up at the shelter. Read more >

Missing Pets Marblehead/​Swampscott

is a Facebook Group Page for Marblehead and Swampscott residents to post pictures and information about their missing pets and to share tips and sightings.  Go there >

We are a little shelter but we do big things!


News & Info

April Cats Bring May Kittens

The Marblehead Animal Shelter is raising awareness about the importance of spaying or neutering your cats.

Enter our contest for a chance to win a 50% discount to spay or neuter your cat.

Info here >

National Kids & Pets Day - April 26th

celebrate kids and pets

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Pet first aid supplies checklist >

Coping with Kitten Season

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Spring Weather Plays Havoc on Cats’ Hormonal System

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Why Adopt a Second Cat?

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7 Reasons Senior Cats Make Awesome Pets

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Resolve to Be the Best Possible Cat Owner This Year

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Low-Cost Mobile Spay/Neuter for Cats

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society’s Catmobile Program is a subsidized mobile spay/neuter clinic designed specifically for cats. Their two Catmobiles are each staffed by a veterinarian and technician and can assist up to 30 cats a day.

The Catmobile program covers the North Shore, South Shore, Central MA, Metrowest, Merrimack River Valley, and greater Boston areas.

More info >

Top Ten Checklist for Cat Adopters

Thinking of adopting a cat? First, check out these helpful tips, gathered by American Humane Association.​

Red Cross Pet First Aid App

More info >

Resources for helping homeless animals in Massachusetts

There’s some great info here on the Mass.gov blog >

Foster Homes Needed Now!

Foster homes needed for kittens!

We are in desperate need of foster homes for kitten socializing. We will provide the cage for each kitten. We have brought in record numbers this year and there are still so many to be rescued. Read more >

The Challenges of TNR


The kittens in the litter box were recently trapped and are being socialized in hopes of adopting them out like the ones in this story.

Spaying And Neutering

Here are the places to go for low-cost spaying and neutering:

The CATMOBILE (978-465-1940) or email spaymass@mrfrs.org

Website Friends of Animals or call 1-800-321-7387

Show off your support with Shelter merchandise

Take a look at the classy stuff you can buy at our fundraising events to help the Shelter:


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In 2015 we found homes for 99 cats, 160 kittens, 13 dogs, 2 bunnies, 6 birds, and 2 guinea pigs, for a total of 282 adoptions.