About Morris

Morris Animal Refuge is a pioneer in animal welfare and has been helping Philadelphia’s homeless pets since 1874.

In fact, Morris is the nation’s first animal shelter.

In more than 140 years, no animal has ever been turned away from the doors of the Morris Animal Refuge. The Refuge, the first in the United States to care for cats, was founded by Elizabeth Morris, one of our nation’s forerunners in animal welfare. The Morris Animal Refuge offers innovative and high quality care for cats, dogs and other small animals. The Refuge provides a full range of preventive, protective and adoption services for abused, neglected and abandoned animals.

The staff is committed to quality and compassionate animal care, facilitating successful adoptions and educating the public on humane and responsible animal guardianship. Our volunteers provide many hours of additional support with all phases of animal care and fundraising.

The Morris Animal Refuge is a nonprofit charitable organization registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Morris relies on the support of foundations, corporations and especially the generosity of concerned citizens and animal lovers to help provide a “second chance” for animals in need throughout Philadelphia.

19th Annual Fur Ball

The Morris Animal Refuge offers innovative and high quality care for cats, dogs and other small animals.

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