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Location: Philadelphia, PA

Year established: 2012

Number of staff/volunteers/foster homes: Approximately four main volunteers who are also board members, and 22 foster homes

Types of animal they work with: “Cats and kittens, specifically special needs,” says Leslie O’Neill. “We pull them largely from Philadelphia’s high-volume kill shelters.”

Fundraising projects: “We often create GoFundMe or other crowdfunding campaigns for medical cases that are a large financial burden, and to apply for grants. People are encouraged to sponsor a cat for $100, which helps offset some of our vet costs. We also participate in events such as Dining for Dollars, and adoption fairs where raised funds are pooled and shared across several organizations.”

Favorite rescue story: “Goose and his sister Clara came to a kill shelter as stray kittens approximately five weeks old. Goose was a mess. The shelter medical staff assumed he’d bitten a live electrical wire which essentially fried a good part of his face. Both kittens were due to be euthanized, so we jumped in.”

Philly Kitty Rescue took Goose to see an oral specialty vet, and the kitten’s healing journey was long and difficult. “But Goose proved to have an amazing personality and spirit. He continued to grow, gain weight, and be a typical ‘teenage’ boy in his foster home.”

Goose underwent several operations to repair the damage to his mouth and palate, but still needs more surgery. “It will be about $3,000, and definitely a huge fundraising undertaking. But to meet Goose is to love him, and we couldn’t imagine not trying to give him every opportunity for a ‘normal’ life. He is the happiest kitten and a great lesson in living in the moment and enjoying life.”

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