Look, Love, Adopt

When you adopt an animal, you’re not just saving the life of the animal you adopted. You’re also opening up space for the next animal in need. Our goal at the Morris Animal Refuge is to approach the adoption process holistically to make the best matches for our adopters and for our animals.


Please see below for our updated adoption protocol:

To begin the adoption process, please fill out our Adoption Questionnaire so we can get to know more about you:


Once this is done, check out the steps below depending on whether you'd like to adopt a cat or a dog.

The Morris Animal Refuge reserves the right to refuse any adoption.


If you’re interested in adopting a dog:

At this time we are only accepting adoption applications for specific dogs currently in our shelter or foster homes. The procedure for dog adoptions is outlined below. 

Please note that skipping steps can result in your inquiry being delayed or unanswered:

  1. Fill out our adoption questionnaire.

  2. Email adoptions@morrisanimalrefuge.org with the name of the dog you’re interested in as the subject line. 

  3. Sit tight while our adoptions team reviews your inquiry. You will only be contacted if the animal is still available and you are a good fit based on this animal’s needs.


If you’re interested in adopting a cat:

We are now accepting walk-ins for cat adoptions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays! Walk-in hours are on Wednesdays between 11am-7pm and Mondays & Saturdays from 11am-4pm. There is currently a cap on visitors in the building, so there may be a wait.

If you'd like to skip the wait and make an appointment instead, or if you have any questions about the adoption process or a specific cat, drop us a line at adoptions@morrisanimalrefuge.org.

Adoptions continue to be first-come first-served so we cannot guarantee the availability of any specific cat.


What Should I Bring To My Appointment?

When you arrive at the refuge, please bring a valid photo ID and cash or card to pay the adoption fee.

If you will be meeting a dog: Bring any children living in the home. If you have another dog already, please bring them as well.


What Does The Adoption Fee Cover?

All animals adopted from Morris Animal Refuge are:


- Spayed/Neutered

- Up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations

- Treated for fleas and most intestinal parasites

- Microchipped

- Cared for by our loving staff until they find their forever homes


We require any animals adopted from us to see a veterinarian within 1 week of adoption for a post-adoption check-up and to establish care.

ID : MAR-A-4908

Pesho has been described as a chill and independent cat who is looking for a quiet, adult-only home. Her favorite things are finding a cozy place to sleep, eating treats, and being pet on her head!

ID : MAR-A-4976

[MY ADOPTION FEE IS SPONSORED ] Autumn is a quiet and affectionate cat who loves to be pet and brushed! She likes to stay near her bed and is always willing to snuggle. This pretty girl can't wait to curl up and take a nap with her forever family.

ID : MAR-A-4982

Amelia is a beautiful longhaired gal who's looking for a quiet and patient home. She's pretty nervous at the shelter but is slowly opening up to staff!

ID : MAR-A-5063

Taya is a beauty who loves to spend her time playing or sitting in someone's comfy lap. This independent girl loves to get cozy and cuddle on the couch. Treats, toys, and cuddling are the way into this sweet girl's heart.

ID : MAR-A-5088

Mano is a friendly girl who needs a little time to adjust around new people. Once she's warmed up she loves to cuddle, play with toys and receive treats. Attention from her forever family will be sure to make her the happiest cat around.

ID : MAR-A-3094

Tom is a super calm cutie who loves to cuddle! He enjoys being pet, picked up, and spending quality time with his family. Getting attention from people will make him happiest. This sweet guy would do best in an adult-only home.


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Adoption Fees:
Adoption Fees vary base on age of animal, length in shelter etc.
Large Dogs
Large $150; Small: $250+
$60 ($100 for a pair)
$150 ($200 for a pair)
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