About Us

Adopting A Friend


The MRFRS adopts out adult cats and kittens (kittens get adopted quickly and are therefore not usually listed on Petfinder. Feel free to call and ask if we have any!) All of our cats kittens up for adoption come with over $500 in veterinary treatment including being: spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms, and microchipped and given an overall wellness exam by our vet, and come with a 14-Day Warranty! Adult cats are tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV; kittens under 6 months of age are tested for Feline Leukemia. Our cats also have a lifetime guarantee of a home with us, should the need ever arise.

Who We Are

About Us

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 the Zorro, last feral cat from the colony, passed away. In 2010 we assisted cats in need in over 100 towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In our service area towns(Salisbury, Newburyport, Amesbury, Newbury, Byfield, West Newbury, Merrimac, and Rowley, MA) we operate in a "kitten-free" zone and therefore we assist other communities in need of assistance with placing kittens. We are an open admission, no kill facility for our service area towns for kittens and adult cats.
  • These are our programs:
  • Adoption center in Salisbury, MA
  • A feral trap, vaccinate, neuter, and release program
  • A spay/neuter program for ferals
  • A low cost spay/neuter program operated by the Catmobile
  • A foster home program for healthy and special needs cats and kittens
  • A barn program for feral relocation
  • Low cost vaccines, and veterinary care
  • The Captain Courageous Fund which assists injured cats
  • The Bridge Program to assist those that need emergency boarding for their cats.
  • The Spay Mass Hotline to assist pet owners access to low cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs in Massachusetts
Since our inception we have placed 17,000 cats and kittens into homes, spayed or neutered over 10,000 feral cats and spayed or neutered over 10,000 owned cats. Thus totaling over 37,000 cats helped. Since we started our our Spaymass hotline we have handled 25,000 calls for assistance.


Board of Directors

Joe Bell

Andrienne Linnel

Patte Grimes

Jennifer Hickman
James Lagoulis
Stacy LeBaron

Debbie Macintosh
Kristen Petrie
Lynda Schnare
Paul Strauch


Come Visit Us

Feel free to come stop by and say "hi" to any and all of the kitties or talk to an Adoption Counselor about a particular cat you may be interested in!  Our adoption hours are Tuesday thru Saturday  11 AM - 4 PM.  And we are CLOSED on Sundays and Mondays. Adoption Applications and more information about the adoption process can be found at mrfrs.org/the-adoption-process/ or they also can be done at the shelter in person!

Contact Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society


Available Animals

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