Northeast Philly woman goes citywide, spares no effort to rescue stray animals

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Northeast Philadelphia woman dedicates all of her free time to saving animals who are most at risk.

Nina Love's organization is The Black Thornberry, and she helps advocate for stray animals in the city.

"Usually I would drive around and look for stray animals," Love said.

"Staying on top of social media in case someone has lost their animal, find a stray dog or cat. I rush right out."

Nina Love.
Nina Love. Photo credit Nyketa Ellis

If The Black Thornberry can't keep the animal, Love notifies the shelters and transport the animal to help facilitate a rescue or adoption.

This is nothing new to Nina. Her first rescue was at age 14, when she rescued a litter of kittens on her way home from school.

She now lives in Northeast Philadelphia, but she is willing to head to much of Philadelphia to help.

"I wanted to stay true to my community, because in Northeast Philly, we don't have a lot of strays," Love said.

"I travel to North Philly, West Philly, Southwest, because that is where most of them are."

Nina Love.
Nina Love. Photo credit Nyketa Ellis

Recently, Love organized a GoFundMe event and just purchased a vehicle that would help her rescue more animals safely.

"The amount of support, I was in shock!" she admitted.