Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society awarded a $10,000 grant

Sunday July 25, 2021

SALISBURY —The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) through their “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate program. The grant will be used towards MRFRS’s spay and neuter services. Because COVID-19 has significantly impacted the availability of spay/neuter services, this has resulted in long waiting lists for cats, dogs, and rabbits across Massachusetts. MAC has offered this Emergency COVID-19 Spay/Neuter Grant funding to shelters, rescues, municipal animal control organizations, and high volume spay/neuter Providers.

Britney Fox Hover, Shelter Director at MRFRS said: “This funding is coming at a time when the need for spay/neuter is at its peak. Kitten season is upon us and spay/neuter services are critical for not only the health of cats and kittens but also for preventing feline overpopulation. The support from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and the public who supports the “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate is crucial.

Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) is a statewide, non-profit organization comprised of animal professionals and individual volunteers dedicated to working together to decrease the number of homeless, neglected, displaced, and abused animals in Massachusetts. MAC’s “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate program helps fund spay and neuter programs across the state. These charitable plates are available through Massachusetts RMV and are tax-deductible.


The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of all cats and providing support and education for the people who care about them. Since 1992, MRFRS has assisted over 130,000 cats, placing over 22,800 cats and kittens into homes, spaying or neutering over 14,000 feral cats at trap-neuter-return clinics, and over 65,000 cats on the Catmobile. For more information, visit,

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