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Morris Alum Bailey in Petplan's Tournament of Tails!


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March 13, 2016


Jessica Kinney

Senior PR Associate, Petplan


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Local Animal Shelter to Compete for Share of Nearly $11,000

Morris Animal Refuge calls for community’s votes in third annual “Tournament of Tails”

Philadelphia, PA (March 13, 2016) – The Morris Animal Refuge has been selected to participate in the third annual Tournament of Tails, an online contest hosted by pet insurance provider, Petplan. It will be among 32 shelters competing for a share of the $10,900 purse — and is calling on the local community to vote for it in the bracket-inspired tournament.

Participating shelters have named a pet to represent them throughout the tournament in daily “one-on-one” matchups. Fans can view the furry contenders’ pictures and stories before voting to decide which pet will advance to the next round.

The Morris Animal Refige has pawed 2-year-old pit-mix Bailey as its “player” for the tournament. The “Most Valuable Pet’s” first matchup is March 17. But Bailey is hoping for a chance to compete in the championship matchup on Monday, April 4 — and win the $5,000 grand prize for the Morris Animal Refuge! She may have just gotten adopted but she still wants to help her friends back at the Refuge.

No matter who comes out on top, every pet is a winner, earning their shelter a donation based on where their tournament run ends: $100 for “Terrific 32” finalists, $200 for the “Spirited 16,” $300 for the “Eager 8” and $500 for the “Final Fur.”

“Tournament of Tails is a fun way to raise awareness for shelter pets while playing off of the country’s fascination with the college basketball tournament,” says Natasha Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan.  “We’re proud to support the compassionate and important work that organizations like the Morris Animal Refuge do on behalf of pets everywhere.”

The Morris Animal Refuge encourages pet lovers to visit the Tournament of Tails website at to learn more about Bailey’s amazing story and to cast their vote.

The Morris Animal Refuge is a 501(c)(3) open admission shelter dedicated to helping the homeless, abandoned and unwanted pets of the Philadelphia region. Founded in 1874 by Elizabeth Morris, we were the first organization dedicated to sheltering and rehoming pets, and continue that legacy today by providing adoptions, a low-cost spay/neuter program, fostering, humane education and more. The Morris Animal Refuge's main office and adoption center is located at 1242 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. For more information, please call 215-735-9570 or visit