The Cat Connection to open a shelter in Brighton

The Cat Connection, still based in Waltham, recently announced the opening date for its new animal shelter at 167 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, on April 5th.

For the past 18 months, the shelter’s director, Stephanie Yemma, has overseen every aspect of the design and construction for the health and happiness of cats.

“This is a shelter like no other, where we’ve given kittens plenty of leeway and configured every square inch to adapt to their natural behaviors and needs,” said Yemma.

The TCC shelter will expand the services of the not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization based in Waltham that sponsors and adopts more than 100 cats per year and looks after local wild colonies.

Nationwide, the adoptions of pets, which were recorded based on the number of protected animals, rose by around 15% from 2019 to 20. The new facility will help TCC meet demand.

“Opening our first animal shelter is a 21 year old dream and Stephanie has taken great care to ensure every detail is perfect,” said Morgan Ritz, president. “From the pods to the overflow rooms, the facility provides a wonderful environment for cats and kittens that will become forever homes.”

Neighboring businesses and local residents “supported” Yemma and the TCC volunteer leadership as the shelter took shape. To thank the communities of Brighton and Waltham (headquarters of TCC), the shelter will display “cat art” in front of the windows of local students during the opening month.

Initially, visits to the Brighton facility are provided for adopters, whose agreements are in place and by appointment. To complete an adoption application, join the TCC network of foster cat parents, or learn more about volunteering, contact TCC at 781-899-4610 or visit

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