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Our Featured Cambridge, MA Partner:

Feline Adoption & Rescue Society-Cambridge

Cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Eastern MA
Metrowest (Middlesex County)
Suffolk County

About Our Shelter:

Feline Adoption & Rescue Society (FARS)

The Feline Adoption & Rescue Society (FARS) is a 501(c) 3 private, non-profit charity that was created to help homeless cats. We opened our first shelter inside the Cambridge PetSmart in September 2008. In addition to sheltering and adopting cats from this location, we also support a network of foster homes where our cats are cared for until they are ready for adoption.

FARS is a “No Kill” Organization

The Feline Adoption & Rescue Society operates under a "No Kill" philosophy. Our organizational Bylaws state:
"The Feline Adoption & Rescue Society is dedicated to a “No Kill” philosophy in all of its programs including the feral program and the operation of its shelters. A trap-neuter-return program is used in stabilizing and maintaining healthy, non-breeding feral cat colonies.

No healthy cat in the Society's shelter will ever be killed because of lack of space or length of stay. Euthanasia is only used as a last resort, after full consultation with and the recommendation of a licensed veterinarian, to alleviate untreatable suffering of a cat or in the case of a cat that suffers from an untreatable disease that makes the animal a potentially deadly threat to other animals or humans."

In addition to being a “No Kill” organization, we are also a “limited admission” organization. This means that we only admit into our care cats and kittens that we believe we have the resources to help. In embracing a “No Kill” philosophy we strive to work co-operatively with other animal welfare organizations in an effort to create “No Kill Communities” – communities in which all cats are safe and no cat suffers because of a lack of resources.

Come Meet our Pets:

We have 2 shelters:

Inside Cambridge, MA PetsMart

(Fresh Pond Mall)

160 Alewife Brook Parkway

Cambridge, MA

Inside Framingham, MA PetsMart

(Shopper's World Mall)

1 Worcester Road (Route 9)

Framingham, MA 01701

We also have kittens in foster care and appointments can be arranged by contacting us at:

Our Adoption Process:

FARS Adoption guidelines

FARS wants to find permanent loving homes for all of our cats. We ask potential adopters to complete an Adoption Questionnaire and to meet with one of our Adoption Counselors. The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that the cat selected is one that will be a good match for the temperament of the cat and the lifestyle of the individual or family that wishes to adopt.
FARS Adoption Service Fees

The Feline Adoption & Rescue Society is non-profit animal welfare organization. We believe that it is not possible to place a value on the life of a cat. We charge an “Adoption Service Fee.” This Service Fee helps FARS to offset our veterinary and other cat care costs.

Our adoption fees are as follows:

* $175.00 for kittens (cats under 1 year old)
* $125.00 for cats 1 year old and older
* $50.00 for special needs cats (e.g., chronic conditions such as FIV+ cats, diabetic cats)

If 2 cats are adopted at together, there will be a $25 discount off the adoption fee of 1 of the cats.

All cats in the care of FARS receive a minimum of the following services:

* Exam by a veterinarian
* FeLV test (as well as FIV test for cats older then 6 months)
* Spay/Neuter surgery
* Rabies Vaccine (in accordance with MA state law)
* FVRCP vaccine(s)
* Microchip implant and registration
* De-worm medication (at least once)
* Flea medication (as needed)
* Ear-mite treatment (as needed)

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a cat or kitten versus getting cats for sale or kittens for sale from a cat breeder? When someone is breeding kittens, they are creating new cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of cat or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a cat for sale from a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a cat or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.