Without the dedicated work from local animal shelters, many abandoned and homeless pets would struggle to survive on their own. This is especially true when they’re left living on the streets by neglectful owners.
Thankfully, organizations like Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia ensure that pooches, kitties and other critters have a place to call home, even if it’s only temporary.
Who they are
Elizabeth Morris established the shelter in 1874, and at the time it was the first facility in the U.S. to care for cats. The namesake of the organization, Morris was one of the nation’s pioneers in animal welfare. After more than 135 years of serving local pets who had been abandoned, the Morris Animal Refuge has yet to turn a single animal away from its doors.
The facility’s adoption services covers the Greater Philadelphia Pennsylvania Region, including New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. By casting such a wide net, the Morris Animal Refuge takes in animals of all shapes and species. From felines to dogs and other small animals, the dedicated volunteers make sure that each and every pet is healthy and comfortable during the length of their stay.
The Morris Animal Refuge continues to operate today in Center City Philadelphia by a small staff whose primary duties involves basic animal care, adoption processing and humane education for the general public. They’ll even work additional hours to support all phases of intake and fundraising for the organization.
What they do
The nonprofit offers innovative and high quality care for cats, dogs and any other pet brought to their facility. The Morris Animal Refuge also providers a full range of preventive, protective and adoption services for all abused and neglected animals. It’s fully dependent on the community’s financial contributions to give pets a second chance at a full and healthy life.
The Refuge coordinates special events to further raise awareness about animal welfare and garner additional donations. For example, next year will mark the 18th Annual Fur Ball at Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia. The throwback disco party includes lavish food service, a 4-hour open bar and dancing all night long.
As the Morris Animal Refuge continues its mission to rehabilitate neglected pets, animals experience another opportunity at a happy life. After saving more than 600 four-legged pals this year, 2015 holds a lot of promise for the Refuge.