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About

Main Line Animal Rescue, located minutes from Valley Forge National Park in scenic Chester County, Pennsylvania, is considered by many to be the finest animal shelter in the United States. With more than four hundred active volunteers, over a thousand companion animals adopted a year, a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic, innovative training and educational programs, and almost sixty acres of fenced pastures and walking trails, MLAR is not only a sight to behold but an experience you will never forget.

Every year, Main Line Animal Rescue assists hundreds of dogs, cats, and rabbits transferred to our facility from overcrowded city shelters. Many of these animals are in need of costly and immediate medical care. We also carefully screen and find new homes for animals privately surrendered by families unable to care for them any longer, and rescue and rehabilitate countless dogs from Pennsylvania’s notorious puppy mills.

Main Line Animal Rescue is nationally recognized as a leader in the fight against puppy mill abuse. Our 2008 billboard in Chicago led to Oprah Winfrey’s groundbreaking and award winning expose on puppy mills and featured our undercover investigation with acclaimed journalist Lisa Ling. One year later, our efforts with Suzanne Smalley of Newsweek led to Whole Foods Markets issuing a directive to all their suppliers: they would no longer source any products from farmers also operating puppy mills. In 2011, MLAR wrapped a transit bus on the streets of Washington DC to draw attention to the USDA’s continued failure to protect dogs in federally licensed breeding kennels. Our work on behalf of puppy mill dogs has been profiled in People and featured on the Today show, Nightline, and numerous Animal Planet television programs. Main Line Animal Rescue was also instrumental in the passing of Pennsylvania’s new dog laws.

As Main Line Animal Rescue clebrates sixteen years, we look back with warm remembrances of the thousands of animals we have been able to help through our shelter programs, and the millions of animals whose lives we have touched through our advocacy work. And we look ahead with hope in our hearts, to a time when all animals are treated with respect and have the homes they deserve.

Main Line Animal Rescue is a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and believes strongly in the humane treatment of all animals. We are also a 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization supported by donations from generous people just like you.  Our Federal Tax ID # is 23-3017210.  To review our most recent financial statements and form 990 please click the links below.

2012 Financial Statements 

2012 Form 990 

To contact the MLAR Board of Directors send an email to: MLARBoard@gmail.com or mail to P.O. Box 89, Chester Springs, PA  19425.

MLAR 2014 Board of Directors

Diana Bittel
Leslie Briley, Vice Chair
Susan Chew, Board Chair
Sarah Miller Coulson
Michael Haber
Deb Hankins
Katie Hembrough
Judith Holmes, Treasurer
Christine Martinelli
Margaret McAllister
Kevin McCullough
Michele Rice
Kitty Smith, Secretary
Helen Smith
William Smith