Grinch visits Old City to promote Philly animal shelter and adopt, don't shop

John McDevitt
December 15, 2018 - 4:30 pm

John McDevitt/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Grinch was in town Saturday posing for pictures to help raise money for an area animal refuge.

In Old City, the Grinch stopped by The Bourse dressed in his Santa hat and coat, posing with children and adults like Chris Butts, of Cherry Hill.

"You know I always get a picture with Santa,” he said. “This year I thought I get a picture with the Grinch."

Reporter: It’s also going to a good cause

"That's what I though too,” Butts added. “I'm a very big animal supporter"

The pictures were $10, with proceeds going to the animals at the Morris Animals Refuge, in Center City.

The Grinch’s helpers were also getting the word out about adopting instead of shopping for a pet. 

"We always want people to make sure that know if they are looking for an animal as a gift you still want to make sure everyone in the family is ready for it,” said Emmy Homan, with the shelter. “It shouldn't be a surprise, because an animal isn't just a gift it’s a lifelong commitment.  With that being said, we would love to get the animals in the shelter out to the families for the holidays. It would be wonderful."