Animal control officer Steven Morales’ schedule changes constantly. From replying to complaints to responding to calls about stranded animals, he doesn’t have a typical day at Philly’s Animal Care & Control Team. Though it can get hectic at times, the work he does can be rewarding and something he wants to continue to do.

JEVS Human Services held its 19th Annual Strictly Business Awards late last week, where Morales received the inspiration award for working hard and continuing on a positive path, despite his challenging past. JEVS helps people with physical, emotional and developmental challenges, as well as those who are unemployed or underemployed.

It was not an easy road for Morales to get where he is now. The Germantown resident has lived in the city all his life, but found himself in prison in his early 20s and spent part of the next two decades in and out of prison on drug charges.

While behind bars, Morales was able to connect with JEVS Human Services and a program called New Leash on Life, which teaches inmates to care for and socialize at-risk shelter dogs to enhance their adoptability.

Read more about Strictly Business Inspiration Award winner Steven Morales and how New Leash on Life USA helped him get back on track in Billy Penn.

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