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Morris Animal Refuge

1242 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 USA

DIRECT : (215) 735-9570

FAX : 215.735.6398

Hours of Operation

Except for Holidays

Mon, Tues, Sat, Sun : 11am - 4pm

Wed & Fri : 11am - 7pm

The Refuge is closed to the public on Thursdays

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Mission

Began by Elizabeth Morris in 1858, the Morris Animal Refuge is America's First Animal Shelter. We are committed to adoption, education and high-quality care, and as an open admission, lifesaving shelter, we have never turned an animal away.

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History

The Refuge was founded in 1874 and is unique in its early attempt to humanely treat pets, particularly cats. Keeping with Philadelphia tradition, the Refuge established a number of "firsts" in animal welfare.

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  • 1858

    Elizabeth Morris began sheltering animals in her home and America's first animal shelter was born!

  • 1874

    Morris leased a small house on 10th Street to take in more homeless cats and dogs.

  • 1878

    Realizing the need for additional space, the current location 1242 Lombard Street was purchased.

  • 1880

    Elizabeth Morris and her Shelter gain international attention by the city of Paris France.

  • 1886

    Needing more space for the shelter, Elizabeth Morris purchased adjacent 1238 Lombard Street.

  • 1907

    Elizabeth Morris passed away at the age of 80 years after pioneering American Animal Shelters.

  • 1924

    Morris Animal Refuge uses the first motorized Ambulance.

  • 1964

    First Spay and Neuter program launched.

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Our Impact

In more than 140 years of operation, the Morris Animal Refuge has cared for hundreds of thousands of animals and shaped the course of animal welfare in the United States. See our annual animal care statistics and see the impact of our work for yourself!

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Our Staff
Lewis Checchia
Lewis Checchia
Executive Director

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Elisa Mellis
Elisa Mellis
Lifesaving Director

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Carolyn Fitzgerald
Carolyn Fitzgerald
Director of Operations

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Liberty Britton
Liberty Britton
Development Manager

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Emmy Homan
Emmy Homan
Development Assistant

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Juicy
Juicy
Director of Naps

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Nica
Nica
Director of Security

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Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith
Adoptions Coordinator

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Dan Solomon
Dan Solomon
Social Media and Outreach Coordinator

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Tyke Quintana
Tyke Quintana
Assistant Shelter Manager

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Junior Rogers
Junior Rogers
Animal Care Attendant

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Josiah Ortiz
Josiah Ortiz
Life Saving Manager

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Ashley Rivera
Ashley Rivera
Volunteer & Foster Coordinator

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Veronica Echevarria
Veronica Echevarria
Animal Care Attendant

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Melissa Resnick DVM, MPH
Melissa Resnick DVM, MPH
Veterinarian

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Pixie
Pixie
Director of Cuddling

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Our Board
Wayne D. Humphrey III
Wayne D. Humphrey III
Board of Directors President

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Anne Evans
Anne Evans
Board of Directors, Vice President

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Sally Wirts
Sally Wirts
Board of Directors Treasurer

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Steve Kwaszkiewicz
Steve Kwaszkiewicz
Board of Directors' Secretary

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Donielle R. Powell
Donielle R. Powell
Board Member

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Britt Carpenter
Britt Carpenter
Board Member

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Stacie Lipinski
Stacie Lipinski
Board Member

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Michele Leff
Michele Leff
Board Member

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Lars Schless
Lars Schless
Board Member

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Kylie Flett
Kylie Flett
Board Member

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Marc Scholtyssek
Marc Scholtyssek
Board Member

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AnnMarie O'donnell
AnnMarie O'donnell
Board Member

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Bruce Bonner
Bruce Bonner
Board Member

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Jordan Strokovsky
Jordan Strokovsky
Board Member

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The Morris Animal Refuge is always looking for qualified animal lovers to join our staff. Check out any open positions we have at the Refuge!

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