July 18, 2019
Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society Names Curt Rogers ED

Curt Rogers
March 17, 2018 — The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, a Salisbury nonprofit that promotes the health and welfare of feral and domestic cats and kittens, this week announced it has hired Curt Rogers as its new executive director.

Rogers succeeds Liz Pease, who left the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) after serving in the post for the last two years.

Rogers was the founder of the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project in Cambridge, where he most recently served as executive director for 22 years.

“Our search criteria were broad, including commitment to our mission of caring for cats in need, managerial experience, and fundraising ability, as well as communication and interpersonal skills,” said Adrienne Linnell, MRFS board president.

"We are truly energized to have attracted a candidate of Curt’s caliber," she said, "and believe that he has the skills, expertise and passion to help MRFRS move forward into its next 25 years.”

Rogers, who serves as the Humane Society of the United States' district leader for the Massachusetts 5th Congressional District, has worked in campaigns for statewide and local animal welfare legislation.

He said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to join such a prestigious national leader in feline welfare. What MRFRS has accomplished in its first 25 years is remarkable, and I look forward to leveraging my love of animals and my 20-plus years of nonprofit management experience to further our work improving outcomes for cats."

Rogers earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Established in 1992, MRFRS today employs 15 full-time and part-time staff members and engages more than 200 local volunteers.

MRFRS hosts a no-kill adoption center/shelter, and offers low-cost cat spay/neuter procedures throughout eastern and central Massachusetts through the Catmobile and in conjunction with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and three annual low-cost rabies and microchipping clinics for cats and dogs.

Since its founding, MRFRS has assisted more than 117,000 cats, placing more than 20,000 cats and kittens into homes, spaying or neutering more than 13,000 feral cats at its clinics, and more than 56,000 cats on Catmobiles.

For the year ending May 31, 2017, MRFRS reported $995,000 in revenue, of which $278,000 came from contributions and grants, and $1.1 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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