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Spring has Sprung!
May 11, 2022

Spring is finally peeking through the clouds here in Philadelphia, and that means at Morris Animal Refuge we’re looking forward to a busy season of lifesaving work! As we gear up for kitten season and the challenges that lie ahead, we’re counting on supporters like you to help all our animals find their happiest endings. Whether you’re giving your time, donating much needed funds, or opening your home to an animal in need, we could not do what we do without you!

Snow Day

Three-month old puppy Snow arrived at the shelter on a cold and snowy afternoon a few days before New Year’s Eve. Brought in without a name by a stranger who saw him dashing out into the street, he was limping badly with a severely injured hind leg and was covered cuts and bruises. He was in obvious need of medical attention. With his arrival sandwiched in between Christmas and New Year’s, we knew finding adequate medical and foster care would be a challenge. 

    Our team jumped into action, assessing next steps for medical evaluation and treatment, as well as searching for foster placement. Our supporters came together and provided funds to get his injuries examined by a radiologist and treated. While in the shelter, Snow received doting attention from staff as he became a bright spot in wintry days. He was named Snow after his white coat and the snowy weather from when he was found. Soon, it was determined that Snow had a fracture and would need to have his leg splinted while he recovered in foster care. 

    After a tough start, Snow has thrived after treatment, and was even adopted in February by his foster! He’s now a happy, wiggly pup in a loving home. Snow was also chosen to be the guest of honor at the Silver Fur Ball on March 25th

Out of Her Shell

    On the feline side of the shelter, four-year-old kitty Amelia is another example of the restorative powers of a loving foster home. Amelia started off her tenure at Morris on the wrong paw when she bit a staff member on the first day. She was easily frightened and would need a lot of TLC to warm up to anyone. The shelter environment was clearly not the right fit for this long-haired girl, so the team quickly searched for an appropriate foster placement.

    While Amelia began to open up a little bit with a break from the shelter, she was still extremely wary of her human roommates even after weeks of gentle care. The team decided to move her to a different foster home, hopefully gaining more information about how to make Amelia feel at home in the process.

    In her second temporary home, with two other playful resident cats, Amelia thrived! It turned out Amelia was a cat’s cat after all, and being around a new group of kitty friends helped her really shine. While she still didn’t allow human touch very often, she was more relaxed with her new furry friends and growing bolder every day

    When Amelia found her person, things finally clicked into place. After only knowing them for a few moments, Amelia began allowing pets and purring, something neither of her fosters saw her exhibit. It was meant to be! Now Amelia is happy and healthy in her forever home that she shares with a wonderful person and a few other resident cats, all thanks to the tireless effort of our community of fosters and adopters who rallied around this misunderstood girl.

Join Team Lifesaver!

    All animals deserve a chance at their happy ending. As we look to the fresh days of spring, please consider joining Team Lifesaver by donating to support our lifesaving mission. Whether your donation is large or small, everyone can make a difference. Help us bring a bright spring of second chances to all animals in need in Philadelphia. You can make your donation using the enclosed envelope or on our website,


Thank you for all you do!