2013 Pet Hero Award Winner - Main Line Animal Rescue

Outstanding Rescue Organization


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 their facility from overcrowded city shelters. Many of these animals are in need of costly and immediate medical care. They 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. Their 2008 billboard in Chicago led to Oprah Winfrey’s groundbreaking and award winning expose on puppy mills and featured their undercover investigation with acclaimed journalist Lisa Ling. One year later, their 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. Their 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 approaches its fourteenth anniversary, they look back with warm remembrances of the thousands of animals they have been able to help through their shelter programs and the millions of animals whose lives they have touched through their advocacy work.  They look ahead with hope in their hearts, to a time when all animals are treated with respect and have the homes they deserve.  The Pet Philanthropy Circle is privileged to present Main Line Animal Rescue with our Pet Hero Award the Outstanding Rescue Organization of 2013!




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