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Kizzy's Place


Kizzy’s Place began in September of 2015 when a cat from the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter named “Skidz” caught the eye of our founders. This poor kitty had been hit by a car and had unknown injuries on top of suffering from an upper respiratory infection and was going to be euthanized if rescue didn’t step up. With no rescues able to help him, we decided to do it ourselves. We saved this boy’s life with an offer to donate towards care, an offer to foster him, and an offer to transport him to the vet for much-needed medical care. He was renamed Kizzy and lived with founder and President Blake Martin until his unfortunate passing in the fall of 2019. He is the catalyst for everything we’ve done, and we honor his legacy by how we save going forward.

Since our humble beginnings, we’ve saved over 1,000 animals in South Jersey and Philadelphia since 2015. As a small foster-based rescue, this number is staggering and something we are genuinely proud of. Our focus is on the sick, scared, injured, and forgotten animals. This philosophy has led to some referring to us as “The Island of Misfit Cats,” a nickname we proudly accept. Our goal is simple. Provide care for these forgotten animals and find their happy ending. We are exclusively volunteer-run and donor-funded and are so thankful for all the people who have contributed to our mission and those who have opened their homes to some of our beautiful animals. Kizzy’s Place is a place for friends.

Kizzy’s Place is a 501c3 nonprofit in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

We are:

Blake Martin-Executive Director, Founder, and Board Member
Greg Schneider-Director of Operations and Board Member
Amanda Leonhard-Founder and Board Member