Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Morris Animal Refuge

Morris Animal Refuge

Photograph of a young woman holding a dog, outside the Morris Animal Refuge

Here, in a photograph dated 1970, a woman brings a dog to the Morris Animal Refuge, located in Center City Philadelphia. The organization has been operating since 1874, when Elizabeth Morris opened the doors to homeless animals. (Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Here, in a photograph dated 1970, a woman brings a dog to the Morris Animal Refuge, located in Center City Philadelphia. The organization has been operating since 1874, when Elizabeth Morris, an animal welfare pioneer in the U.S., opened the doors to homeless animals. The refuge, the first to accept homeless cats, boasts that in more than 135 years no animal has ever been turned away from its doors. Dogs, cats, and other small animals are taken in and given a second chance at finding a loving home free from abuse and neglect. The refuge is a private, non-profit organization and reflects a commitment on behalf of some Philadelphians to protect and provide for the city’s animal population.

– Text by Mikaela Maria

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