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Morris Animal Refuge

1242 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

Shelter Information

The Morris Animal Refuge is a 501(c)(3) 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.

Areas Served

Morris' adoption services cover the Greater Philadelphia/Pennsylvania Region including the tri-state area: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Adoption Instructions

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. To begin the adoption process, please fill out our Adoption Questionnaire so we can get to know more about you: Once this is done, please allow 7-14 days for us to process your form. Due to an overwhelming amount of inquiries, wait times are longer than usual. You will be contacted via email when your form is processed. The Morris Animal Refuge reserves the right to refuse any adoption. Adoption Fees Kittens: $150, or $200 for a bonded pair Adult Cats (6 months+): $60, or $100 for a bonded pair Puppies: $400+ Small Dogs (<25 lbs): $250 Large Dogs: $150 Other Animals: Contact us as 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 strongly recommend any animals adopted from us to see a veterinarian for a post-adoption check-up and to establish care. *COVID-19 POLICIES* 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 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: Fill out an adoption questionnaire and keep an eye on your email for an approval message. If you’re interested in or have questions about a specific cat on our website, feel free to drop us a line at While we can’t guarantee the availability of any specific cats, we can schedule an appointment for you to visit the cats at our shelter.

Pets in this Shelter