History & Mission

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.

Elizabeth_Morris_Painting_modifiedThe Morris Animal Refuge adoption services cover the Greater Philadelphia Pennsylvania Region only; consisting of an area in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. In more than 135 years, no animal has ever been turned away from our door. The Refuge, the first in the United States to care for cats, was founded by Elizabeth Morris, one of our nation's pioneers in animal welfare, in 1874.  The Refuge continues to operate today in Center City Philadelphia at its home at 1242 Lombard Street. The Refuge is run by a small and dedicated staff whose primary responsibilities include animal care, adoptions and humane education. Our volunteers provide many hours of additional support with all phases of animal care and fund raising.

The Morris Animal Refuge is a nonprofit organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service under their code, section 501(c)(3). The refuge is dependent on the community's tax-deductible contributions to provide a second chance for these deserving animals.

The Morris Animal Refuge kennel is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is inspected regularly by the Commonwealth. The Refuge meets or exceeds all Commonwealth requirements for housing animals.

All of the Morris Animal Refuge's adoption policies and guidelines are derived directly from guidelines prescribed by The Humane Society of the United States.