Morris Animal Refuge

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Elizabeth Morris, founder of Morris Animal Refuge.

America's First. Philadelphia's Forever.

Elizabeth Morris began housing and caring for animals in Philadelphia in 1858. Since then, the small but mighty team at Morris Animal Refuge has been caring for homeless animals in need in the Philadelphia region as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Founded in 1874, the Morris Animal Refuge is a pioneer in Animal Welfare. The Philadelphia-based life saving organization is committed to adoption, education, and high-quality care with the goal of finding positive and humane outcomes for animals in need.

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.

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. Check out our annual animal care statistics and see the impact of our work for yourself!

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the organization's About Us page.

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