Wow. Why the negative reviews. I've adopted before and have never been treated better than MLSR. The volunteers are awesome and friendly. The "head dog" Dave is a nice guy and good at sizing folks up, he s here to help these little souls. I got a kitty, 4 yes she is awesome. They don't even charge a fee to adopt but I really felt what they were doing was so genuine I gave them 200. Thanks keep it up.
I feel horrible for the dogs - what kind of rescue requires a fence and vet reference. They do not give people a chance. Jodi is so rude she doesn't want to place the dogs to a nice home she could give a rats ass. I hope they change their policies and get rid of Jodi, seems other uses had bad experience with her as well.
I am very disappointed with my experience with MLAR. Not only do they advertise false information, the application process and those involved in choosing adoptees ( the adoption coordinator Jodi) is horrible! My family inquired about a dog that was advertised online; I got a response a few days later from MLAR informing us that she was still available for adoption. We filled out an application the night that we received an email informing us that the dog was available and called the next day for more information. The adoption coordinator, Jodi, interviewed my mother over the phone for nearly two hours; we had great vet references and our application had been approved. However, at the end of the call, Jodi informed my mother that she had a family coming to look at the dog we were approved for the next day. She led us to believe that the we were on track to adopt the dog, and then informed us that she actually had another family in mind!!! The dog we inquired about, a Border Collie, was a 3 year old female who had a tendency to jump fences. My family owned a female Border Collie for 17 years, so it is safe to say we have a LOT of experience with the breed. I myself train working dogs for medical, police, and search and rescue jobs. However, Jodi took it upon herself to decide that we could not adopt the dog because we did not have an electric fence. This organization has a "policy" that they will only adopt out Border Collies only to families with electric fences (unreal!) We have a very large yard with a 6-5 foot fence. Having a lower fence in our front yard is regulation in our town. Even though we are familiar with the risks of a "flighty" border collie (which our dog was when she was young), my mother informed Jodi that the dog would never be left alone in the yard. Whenever our old dog had to go outside, we would spend 15 minutes to an hour outside with her, playing fetch or simply just watching while she explored the yard. Both of my parents works from home and spend hours outside each day, exercising, gardening... it is safe to say the dog would have had ample time outside while being monitored. Regardless of this, Jodi misled my family into believing that we would be able to adopt this dog, and then decided that we were not "fit" for her. This decision should not be up to one one inexperienced, snobby woman. She led us t believe this dog was available for adoption, and then decided the next day that she was not! She denied my family, who would have been a loving, responsible, and experienced match. This dog is still available for adoption on their website. MLAR seems to be in the business of hoarding dogs, not adopting them out.
Years ago I was volunteering at Radnor Hunt for a benefit Radnor Races. The MLAR had a tent there.I met a rat terrier for adoption. The foster mother thought we were a perfect fit. I have animals on a farm and needed a companion for my dog. I have worked with animals all my life and formerly worked at the Phila zoo before starting my own educational program. I filled out the application on the spot. I heard nothing. Later I saw the same dog advertised online. I called numerous times and got nowhere. I went to the SPCA and got another dog who I still have .The following year I asked the director at Radnor Hunt for the same event what happened. He acted concerned and said he would personally look into it...nothing. The next year I reminded him and his response was there must have been a reason we didn't give you a dog! I have excellent vet references and animal experience. I volunteer at a cat rescue as well as find homes for small animals. He never bothered to follow through.
This rescue is the worst when it comes to knowing how to communicate. My partner and I had hopes of adopting a dog from this rescue and we submitted an application and was never contacted. I made multiple attempts via phone call and email to get in contact with someone and never succeeded. I called and was always directed very rudely to send an email, which was always unsuccessful. We happily ended up adopting a dog from another very friendly rescue.
I left a review on their facebook page so other people understood that they should look into more that one rescue. I know it was hard for us when it came to looking for a dog and where to go.
I was then threatened and harassed by a member of the MLAR team, who made assumptions and judgements about me before even asking any questions or looking fully at the picture. Please see the attached pictures for examples.
We currently have a dog purchased from a breeder, looking for a second so we decided to look into a rescue. We submitted the application, received a response a day later then a call the following day. We answered all of the questions on the call and were advised that we would receive a call back later that day. When no follow up call was received we put in another call to see if there were any updates. Again no call returned rather an e-mail response advising that we were turned down because we had a dog door that apparently is a danger to the dog if no one is home. We responded that we lock to dog door when we leave for a number of reasons. Again no response. We have a fully fenced acre with a dog door for easy access and are completely perplexed of the rejection and no follow up. This nonprofit is completely unprofessional in it's inability to properly communicate. We thought we were doing a good thing by rescuing a dog. Instead we will just go and purchase another puppy from the breeder. I would never recommend this organization, a complete waste of time!
My family and I love MLAR. Their staff are very nice and knowledgeable regarding the care for puppies and dogs. We had a great experience through the adoption process. We love our new puppy!!! Thank you MLAR for caring so deeply for animals and their welfare!
Everything seemed great. We filled out an application and had an almost immediate response. We showed up for our appointment 1/2 an hour early and they graciously took us before our appointment time. We discussed what type of dog we were looking for and quickly had a list of potential dogs that the volunteer felt were a great fit for us. After meeting a number of dogs there was one dog in particular we fell in love with. The dog was rather tame and spent most of the time sitting on our laps and starring into our eyes. The director Bill came over and saw us interacting with the dog and asked us a few questions. He then said to the volunteer "we should adopt to these two." It was mentioned that this was contingent on a fence inspection at our home. About 4 days later Bill showed up at our home and said the fence and everything looked good he would call us the next day. Over the next couple of days we received no update so we began calling. The next two days when we called we were told they had not heard from Bill and there was no update they could offer they would leave him a message. around 7:15pm we received an email stating we were not accepted because there is a busy street near by and this dog is quick and agile and could escape. This was not the temperament of the dog we held at their kennel and feel they were just looking for an excuse to deny us. I get the sense they put their best looking dogs up front in order to attract people who they can try to con the animals with poor health off to their cliental. From my point of view their driveway and road both are busy and they need to remove all the pets from this location to the middle of Alaska cause one of these dogs may by some miracle escape and get hit by a car.
I can only believe that the negative reviews are from people MLAR turned down. So if a person lies about their vet references or their fence, and MLAR discovers they've lied and refuses to give them a dog or cat, that person can go online and trash them? That doesn't seem fair. I know too many people who have adopted animals from MLAR so I know they do adopt a lot of animals out. I watched them uncover the atrocities of puppy mills on Oprah so I know they care about animals. I found a dog years ago and called MLAR and the first thing they did was tell me to call every shelter in the area in case the family was looking for him (they were) so I know they're not holding strays from their owners. I think they have a tough job and I believe they put the welfare of their animals first. They could avoid a lot of negative comments by just handing out dogs and cats to anyone who shows up (save themselves a lot of grief) but they have the rules they have to keep their animals safe. I've been following MLAR for years (in the news, etc). I hear they're tough. I've never heard they did anything to hurt an animal. Complainers - maybe you should look to yourselves instead of trashing a bunch of volunteers who are doing the best they can. Talk about a thankless job! I'd like to know if any of the grumblers here do any volunteer work themselves? I've seen MLAR volunteers feeding feral cats late at night, middle of winter, at my mother's apartment building. God bless them.
MLAR is one of the most respected animal shelters in the country with one of the highest placement rates. MLAR is known as one of the leaders in the fight against puppy mills. I suspect several of these substandard breeders posted comments as MLAR volunteers and would-be adopters. Take what you read hear with a grain of salt. Main Line Animal Rescue is careful when it comes to placing their animals but if you had to give up one of your own pets would you want his/her new family carefully screened by MLAR, or would you want your dog or cat passed off in some parking lot to strangers for a $500 "adoption fee." A lot of rescues do just that. MLAR's requirements are in line with most responsible shelters and rescues. It's a shame MLAR can't post the names of all the people who read their requirements online, apply knowing they don't meet those few requirements, then are shocked when they're politely turned down. Why would MLAR spend $5000 on a dog who comes to them with a crushed pelvis after getting hit by a car then give the dog to a family with no fence and a dog recently hit and killed by a car? They have a right to turn someone down in order to protect their animals.