Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society - Salisbury Pet Shelter

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

MRFRS began in 1992 as a few caring souls who decided to come to the aid of the 300+ free-roaming cats barely surviving along the Newburyport, Massachusetts waterfront. The effort our founders launched was one of the first in the nation to use Trap-Neuter-Return to improve the lives of free-roaming cats. Once all of the cats had been trapped and fixed, we fed them twice a day at waterfront feeding stations and monitored them for illness, injury, and any new additions. Those cats that showed an ability to be socialized were taken into foster care and adopters found. Thanks to that work, the final cat in the waterfront colonies, “Zorro,” passed away of old age in 2009.

  • Shelter Address
  • 63 Elm Street
    Salisbury, MA 01952
  • Phone
  • (978) 462-0760
  • Contact Name
  • Website
  • Pet types
  • Cats
  • Location served

Adoption Process

You can begin by filling out an adoption matching questionnaire online. An adoption counselor will review the form and let you know by phone or e-mail if we have any questions. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. If there is a particular cat or type of cat/kitten you’re interested in, please make a note of that on your questionnaire. All "meetings" between adopters and cats are done via pictures, videos, adoption write-ups or Zoom meetings. All paperwork is completed online, and pick up at the shelter is contact-free.

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