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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Main Line Animal Rescue specializes in the rescue and placement of abused, unwanted and abandoned companion animals. We never discriminate on the basis of health, age or breed. By involving and educating the community, Main Line Animal Rescue works to raise the public's awareness of the plight of homeless animals as well as realizing the benefits of adopting an animal in need. Our animals are examined, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and receive any and all medical treatment before they are placed in carefully screened homes.

Target demographics: Rescue and placement of abused, unwanted and abandoned companion animals.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200+ animals find loving new homes, hundred of students through our Education Programming, and hundred of local residents through our Outreach Programming

Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania and Surrounding States

Programs: On-Site veterinary clinic, innovative training and educational programs, and almost sixty acres of fenced pastures and walking trails.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 3 Main Line Animal babies!

We have 2 labs from MLAR! The chocolate lab is blind -since birth from Amish puppy mill... our yellow lab is 13, so we wanted a 3rd pup in case something happens to our older dog.

Betsy, Megan and Bill all worked with us to find the perfect puppy!! One dog we tried was not the right fit... Bill smiled and said, "that happens. Come see our puppies!" Four weeks later - they all love each other and we have THE happiest puppy!! Thank you MLAR!!!


Board Member

Rating: 5

I started out as an adopter 8 years ago. I rescued two dogs that had been there for two years. I then became a volunteer, an adoption counselor and then started helping with fundraising and events. I am now a Board Member and volunteer and I am thankful everyday that MLAR, their leadership, staff and volunteers exists to care for those dogs and cats that would otherwise never had a chance at survival. Sometimes the decision to adopt or not adopt an animal can seem unfair, but at the end of the day MLAR has the animals best interest at heart. Daisy Duke and Boomer (who has passed) thank you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted a female who just had a liter of puppies. MLAR went out of their way to make sure our dog was child, cat and dog friendly before we adopted her. She was up on all her shots and spade before she was delivered to us. They made sure we had a proper fence and where would she sleep.

What an outstanding facility! The cats have an over the top arrangement. Why would they want to leave??? Having served on the Board of an Animal shelter and been to numerous others, this is by far the best. They should be thorough, making sure it is the right fit. If you are not happy, they want you to return the animal to them.


Client Served

Rating: 1

We have adopted 3 dogs from the SPCA over the last 20 years so we knew working with MLAR would be a new experience. MLAR had 2 dogs we were interested in so I filled out an application, got a call right away and then an appointment.

My first unsettling feeling was during the phone interview... the woman barely let me speak. I was constantly cut off and it was baffling to me that she didn't care about our current dog - his breed, demeanor, where we got him, etc. I let this go and cleared my families schedules for that Saturday.

Upon arrival MLAR was a mess - not enough parking for adopters, wild, unruly little dogs behind a mismanaged counter without even a pen to sign in. Then I was told I had to fill out another application which happened to be the same exact questions from the phone interview.

Here is the worst part - We have a cat and the two dogs we were interested in were not cat tested prior to our visit. It was made crystal clear in my phone interview that we have a cat and that the 2 dogs we were interested in went through a preliminary cat test. Upon speaking with the adoption specialist when we arrived, the two dogs we wanted to meet were not cat tested... EVER.

As we entered the smelly, stinky kennel area (SPCA is much cleaner) another adoption counselor tells us that the second dog we want to look at had an emergency bloat situation and left the day before. This is a serious situation so I am glad she was getting taken care of however the second dog we were interested in, we were not allowed to meet because she didn't do well with cats.

Now I cleared my whole families schedule in order to meet 2 dogs that were not actually available for us to adopt... is it just us, or should there have been better communication about the animals in that rescue?

But this isn't just about our inconvenience. While browsing the kennels we met a poor older female, Daisy, who had been in at MLAR for 3 years... because she needed a home with a 6ft. fence. 3 YEARS in a tiny, smelly kennel.

I have such a hard time imagining that dog, Daisy, had a better life these past 3 years in a kennel as opposed to sharing a couch with a human (who may have only had a 5ft. fence).

We were able to meet with the Director of MLAR and unfortunately he really left us with a bad taste. He not only questioned my employment but asked if I needed a degree for "that job." I happen to have a masters degree.

Overall I am completely confused as to how this rescue is still in business.

2 MH T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best animal rescue bar none! What people need to realize is the amount of time and energy (training, home schooling, and more training), not to mention the medical care, that each and every one of these animals receives. It's not cheap, but Main Line is able to do it! The care, the feeding, and the attention that are given to these animals is absolutely phenomenal. It makes me angry to hear people whine about why they didn't get a dog ... Main Line INVESTS in these animals and its their prerogative to send these animals to a home that they see is "fit." Period. These are not dogs that they have give away ... These are animals for which they find the "right home." People wonder about the "fence rule" and I can tell you as a volunteer there is a large number of dogs that still get out of fenced in properties. MLAR knows which dogs are flight risks and which require special care. No one loves and cares for these animals better! I am an adopter and a volunteer.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Terrible experience. I was interested in adopting two guinea pigs for my daughter. I received an immediate call-back after completing the online application, which I took as a good sign. Three weeks later I had received absolutely no communication from them, and zero response to multiple calls requesting a status update. Finally, I called and I insisted on speaking to someone in charge of adoption or a manager. It was only then I was informed that the animals had gone to another home. I understand this can happen but it would have been nice to have been notified. I was warned about working with MLRA from various friends who also had bad experiences. I will not recommend MLAR to anyone moving forward.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 1

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.


Client Served

Rating: 1

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.