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Welcome to Morris Animal Refuge

The Morris Animal Refuge is a 501(c)(3) open admission shelter dedicated to helping the homeless, abandoned and unwanted pets of the Philadelphia region.  Founded in 1874 by Elizabeth Morris, we were the first organization dedicated to sheltering and rehoming pets, and continue that legacy today by providing adoptions, a low-cost spay/neuter program, fostering, humane education and more.   (read more)

Featured Pets of the Week

107791 (Sebastian, terrier-mix dog)

Look at that face! Sebastian is a sweet little terrier boy. Can be a bit shy just at first, but wants to be your buddy. Loves dogs too! Neutered. (107672)
107782 (Gumby, orange tabby cat)

Gumby is a mellow, easygoing orange tabby fellow whose favorite film is the cult classic "The Big Lebowski". The Dude abides ... waiting for you to adopt him! Neutered. (107782)



Wonderful older lady Precious was adopted 13 years ago but sadly her person just died. A squeaky-voiced loving lap cat who enjoys napping under the desk as you work. Spayed. (107797)

107771/107808a (Hamsters!)

We have a number of hamsters, including longhaired & albino varieties, & dwarf hamster Alex (mouseover to see). Cute and playful! Many are spayed or neutered as well. (107747)

Interested?  Apply online today! Want to see more great adoptable pets? Go to our Adoption page!



Featured Fosterables of the Week


Special's babies are hoping for a foster home where they could snuggle and grow and play and be absolutely adorable for just two or three more weeks! (107695a) Apply online ...(107695a)

Interested in becoming a foster pet parent? Apply online today!

Lives saved so far in 2015:

Discounted Cat Adoptions!
June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, and to celebrate, all cats six months & up who've been at the Refuge a month or more are only $30 to adopt! Find out more ...

Summer Pet Safety Tips!
It's getting hot out there! Make sure your pets have it made in the shade with some handy summer safety tips...

It's Kitten Season - Help!
Kitten season soundss adorable. It's not. Find out what you can do to save kittens, from fostering to helping with vital supplies!

Upcoming Events

Petco Adoption Event! (Museum District)
Sun Jul 05 @12:00PM - 03:00PM

Volunteer Orientation (Approved Volunteers)
Fri Jul 10 @ 5:30PM -

PetSmart South Philly Adoption Event
Sat Jul 11 @11:00AM - 03:00PM

Petco Adoption Event! (Museum District)
Sun Jul 12 @12:00PM - 03:00PM

Adoption Locations

Morris Animal Refuge - Center City
1242 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Rittenhouse Pet Supply - Center City
135 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Mon - Fri: 10am - 7pm; Sat 10am - 6pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm

Bala Cynwyd Pet Valu - Bala Cynwyd
Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center
49 E. City Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Mon - Sat: 9am - 9pm; Sun 10am - 6pm

Unleashed by Petco - Art Museum Area
The Granary (Across from Whole Foods)
1939 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
See event schedule

Unleashed by Petco-Northern Liberties
In the Shops at Schmidts
180 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123
See event schedule

PetSmart - South Philadelphia
2360 W. Oregon Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145
See event schedule

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