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We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 cat rescue that takes in only cats.

We show our cats for adoption on Petfinder and at PetSmart in Saugus, MA.  We  have no brick and mortar shelter.

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We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 cat rescue that takes in only cats.

We show our cats for adoption on Petfinder and at PetSmart in Saugus, MA.  We  have no brick and mortar shelter.

This is Han Solo a young male cat

About Us

Picture of black/white cat for adoption.  He is waiting for a 'forever' home where he will be happy with his new family and his new family will be happy with him.

A Winning Team

Our amazing team of regular and

 part-time volunteers are committed to  helping MHS  cats find new homes. We could not exist without them!  They feed, clean and socialize the cats at PetSmart in Saugus, MA.   We have 3 groups - the morning volunteers,  the evening volunteers and our weekend people who assist with adoptions. Our foster parents are the BEST. Interested? Contact us and let us know.


Cesar is an orange tiger who has found a new home.  He is an older cat who HATED being in a cage - that is where he would be when he was shown at PetSmart in Saugus, MA. until he was adopted.  The cages are hard on some cats, but others realize it is just a short time until they are out of that cage and in a new home. So many people see them there, that it is worth the wait.

Our Mission

MHS takes in cats only.  We take injured, unwanted and abandoned cats, get them medically treated, spayed/neutered, then we hold them until we find permanent homes for them. We show cats ready for adoption at PetSmart in Saugus, MA.  We have no brick-and-mortar shelter; we use our volunteers homes as foster homes.  We are an all volunteer 501(C)3 organization completely dependent on donations.  We are always looking for foster homes. Use the CONTACT US button to let us know if you would like to be a foster home.


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More about our cats

We have many cats that have been adopted and you can read about them on our Facebook pages. Just click the tab below.


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Guardian Angel Cats of yesterday...

This is Helen a Guardian Angel cat.  She was born with no eyes.  We have no idea how she survived until Melrose Humane Society found her and took her in.  She lived in a foster home for more than 10 years...sadly, she passed away from a heart problem early in 2017.

Helen came to MHS as a blind kitten...she was born without eyes. How she managed to survive until we found her is a mystery.  She was a Guardian Angel cat for many years.  Our Guardian Angel program pays for all vet care needed for our 'special' cats; you provide the love and caring. 

A recent kitten adoption...

This is one of our recently adopted kittens.  She came from a litter of 4 kittens.  They are all adopted now - they were all spayed/neutered, given their vaccines and are now in 'forever' homes.

Mary Kay was one of our recent adoptions.  She was one of a litter of 4 taken in from outside when her Mom vanished.  All 4 kittens are now vaccinated, spayed/neutered and   adopted.  MHS makes sure all cats are neutered or spayed BEFORE they are adopted.

A cat awaiting a 'forever' home

This cat was adopted from PetSmart in Saugus, MA.  They maintain an adoption room where we show our MHS rescued cats to store customers.  People can actually hold and visit with these cats on Saturday and Sunday for 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Oreo is one of our older cats..he lived with other cats that made his life hard, so he was hiding all the time.  He needs a home where he is the ONLY cat.  MHS takes in older cats on a regular basis.  We try to find a new home for them, just like the one they were used to.

Most recent fundraiser

Just last month - July 2019 -we had raffled off this beautiful handmade quilt. One of our talented volunteers made this just for Melrose Humane Society.  It is one of a kind.  We appreciate any and all handmade items - people just love handmade things!!

Just last month we raffled off this beautiful hand-made quilt.  We will be having more fundraisers in the Fall of 2019.  We will keep you posted...This is the way Melrose Humane funds our rescue of cats and kittens for adoption. We serve not only Melrose, but the surrounding communities of Malden, Revere, Salem, Peabody, Stoneham, etc.. 

MHS partners with PetSmart, Saugus, MA

These 2 cats are mother - black/white - and son.  Melrose Humane Society wanted them to be adopted together because they are bonded and would like to stay together.  We try to adopt out bonded pairs together even if we do have to wait for the perfect home where they want 2 cats.

Tennessee and Tallahassee were recently adopted from PetSmart.  This mother and daughter were adopted together because they were very bonded.  We try to keep bonded cats together  whenever we can.

Our hope for all Angel cats

A picture of Jesus holding departed animals in his hand to care for them until they can be reunited with their loved ones.

Melrose Humane Society works with many people who have lost their beloved cats and are seeking to find a new one.  A beloved friend can never be replaced, but it is possible to find a new friend...

Help Us to help Them

Your support and contributions will enable us to help these animals. Melrose Humane is 100% donor supported.  We receive no monies from state or federal agencies.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Join Our Mailing List

Melrose Humane Society publishes a quarterly newsletter to let our friends know about upcoming events, daily goings on in our foster homes, and some of our special needs cats who need a Guardian Angel.