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A Fall Letter from our Executive Director
October 22, 2020
Betty & Marsha

Dear supporter,

As the summer comes to an end and I reflect on our year so far, I am amazed at the generosity of supporters like you. Through everything life threw at us, our community came together to make sure we had the supplies, resources, fosters, and volunteers that we needed to continue our lifesaving mission. I cannot thank you enough! Your continued support is essential to saving the lives of pets like Betty and Marsha.

Betty and Marsha came to us in early July after our vet tech, Erica, saw them on a neighborhood cat group Facebook page and immediately agreed to foster them. Their eyes were non-functional, extremely painful, and severely infected. After getting them cleaned up and examined by our veterinarian, our medical team determined that the only option would be an enucleation surgery to remove their eyes and treat the deep infection before it caused further harm
to the kittens. Though there were some ups and downs with surgeries and recovery, Betty and Marsha pulled through! They may have some additional challenges, but these kittens are just as playful and loving as their sighted counterparts. In mid-August, Betty and Marsha were adopted together by an amazing family who is ready to give them a wonderful home.

Stories like Betty and Marsha’s are not uncommon in the animal welfare community, but it’s not always the case that a shelter has the resources to treat animals who are in such bad shape. Your support saved Betty and Marsha’s lives! Please consider donating on our website,, to help us ensure that when animals in need arrive at our doors we have the means to give them the best possible care.

With my warmest gratitude,
Lewis P. Checchia

Executive Director
Morris Animal Refuge