About Us

Black Cat Rescue is a No Kill cat rescue organization in Boston, MA. Did you know that black cats are only half as likely to get adopted as cats of other colors? Neither did we! Black Cat Rescue strives to change those odds for black cats in Massachusetts. Our all-volunteer network of foster homes is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless black cats and kittens by providing quality foster care while actively seeking loving, permanent adoptive homes. As an organization, we work to improve the public image of both black cats and animal adoption by making black cat adoption a positive experience for all involved. We fully embrace the tenets of the No Kill movement. Our foster cats come from all over Massachusetts. We accept owner surrenders as well as strays directly off the streets or from local shelters and rescue organizations.

Meet Our Team!

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Jennifer Stott, Co-Founder

Jen has always been that person who is far more concerned about the fate of pets in a horror movie than the people. She fell in love with black cats in particular in 2004 when she adopted her black cat, Isabel. Inspired by this spunky little black cat who could have been overlooked because of her coat color, Jen co-founded Black Cat Rescue in 2007, after having volunteered in shelter settings as well as for smaller rescue groups. Jen is a full time human services professional and devotes her nights and weekend to homeless black cats.

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Samantha McDuffee, Co-Founder

Sam has been involved with Black Cat Rescue since the beginning, co-founding the organization in 2007. Sam has always had a passion for animal welfare, spending her early years in the local 4-H club and raising barn cats. Although horses are (and always will be) her favorite animal, cats are like family for Sam. By day, she works for a team building company in Boston, enhancing inbound marketing and retention strategies. By cover of night, she unleashes her marketing superpowers to consult for non-profits, start-ups and small businesses. Sam’s house kitties are Gizmo and Cheeto.

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Susanna Finn

Susanna got involved with Black Cat Rescue when she adopted her beloved fluffy black cat, Olivia, in 2010.  Susanna is a research scientist, and she began volunteering in 2012 because she loves animals and wanted to help get more cats into loving homes. She has had three phenomenal shelter/rescue pets: Chocolate and Maya (dogs) and now Olivia! Her favorite part of cat rescue is most definitely the cats- the happy stories, the adorable pictures and knowing that they’ll have happy, cozy lives.

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Kristen Panciocco

Kristen joined Black Cat Rescue in the summer of 2014. Kristen shares her apartment with two resident black cats, Archie and Moose, and cat-dad / BCR’s volunteer photographer, Andrew (www.andrewtakesphotos.com). She loves welcoming shy or scared foster cats into her home and watching as they blossom into playful and cuddly kitties. Her favorite part of volunteering with BCR is witnessing adopters instantly fall in love with their new furry family member, and receiving lots of happy updates and pictures.

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Natasha Naim

Natasha has been a volunteer at Black Cat Rescue since 2016 and works mostly in an administrative role. When not volunteering, Natasha works professsionally as a Social Worker. Though Natasha does not currently have a cat her dream is to have one in the future.

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Lisa Jean Treacy

Lisa first found Black Cat Rescue at a Yelp Helps event and got involved with the organization in early summer of 2013.  Lisa is currently working on her MS in Communications at Regis College, writing a thesis on strategic communications for animal rescue groups.  Lisa’s animal sidekicks at home include Annabelle (a black cat), Gus (a beagle mix), and Liam Neeson (a cute hamster!).  Few thing in life make Lisa as happy as her pets, and being able to bring that to other people through Black Cat Rescue is her most rewarding job.