MAIN LINE ANIMAL RESCUE

aka Main Line Rescue Inc.   |   Chester Springs, PA   |  www.MLAR.org

Mission

Main Line Animal Rescue specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation 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, MLAR works to raise the public's awareness of the plight of homeless animals, as well as to realize 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. MLAR serves PA, NJ, and NY through our adoptions, education and advocacy programming. MLAR has a national presence as a voice for anti-puppy mill legislature, ending animal homelessness and advocating for the adoption and humane treatment of animals.

Notes from the nonprofit

Twenty years ago Main Line Animal Rescue was founded and we have come to be known as the rescue that shined the bright light on the deplorable conditions in Pennsylvania's “puppy mills." This started a conversation that has changed the way people look at acquiring pets and the importance of animal welfare. While we continue to grow and thrive, by the spring of 2017 we faced difficult decisions on the best way to advance our rescue work with a more structured, disciplined and thoughtful approach. One of the things that happened in mid-2017 is that our Executive Director left to pursue other opportunities. The transition, while challenging, positions us to remain in the forefront of animal welfare and provide a stronger foundation for MLAR to look forward to the next 20 years.

MLAR's Board of Directors feel optimistic about our future as we implement the objectives outlined in the recently approved 3-year Strategic Plan with the new and interim staff who fill critical roles at MLAR.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Susan Chew

Main address

PO Box 89

Chester Springs, PA 19425 USA

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EIN

23-3017210

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Main Line Animal Rescue accepts dogs, cats and other small furry animals that are homeless, abandoned, abused or neglected. Many of our animals come from agricultural breeding centers who provide minimal care for them. We give them medical care, help them acclimate to living comfortably with other animals and humans. We provide training and nurture them to learn appropriate behaviors and commands. Main Line Animal Rescue helps the animals in our care be prepared and ready for their adopted family.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Adoption

Main Line Animal Rescue works tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate and place companion animals in safe loving homes. MLAR staff and trained adoption volunteers work one on one with families to find the animal that best meets their lifestyle and home environment while at the same time setting the animal up for a successful environment that will meet their needs.

Population(s) Served

Main Line Animal Rescue’s veterinary clinic has grown beyond ‘shelter medicine’ which focuses on vaccinations, spay/neutering, dental procedures and routine day to day care. While these are essential to an animal’s overall health, MLAR is capable of also offering a more individualized care model that treats animals with special needs such as diabetes, Addison’s disease, thyroid conditions and severe wounds. This growth in capability is due to the expertise of staff veterinarian Dr. Meg McGrath, who has brought a level of experience, dedication and proficiency to our clinic; allowing us to keep more animals in our care and minimizing transport to local emergency and animal care practices. MLAR performs hundreds of surgical procedures annually in our onsite clinic. Due to the outstanding skills of our staff veterinarian and her support staff, we have been able to reduce spending on outside veterinary care to less than 10% of our annual operating budget. This puts us in a healthy position where we are able to utilize specialists for the most unique cases.

An astonishing number of animals that come into our care have not been spayed or neutered. Even more have no routine history of vaccinations and many are in need of extensive dental care. On an annual basis, approximately 60% of the procedures completed in our clinic are spay/neuter procedures and 30% are dental procedures, primarily extractions of abscessed teeth and follow up care to mitigate infection.

MLAR works with volunteers to capture, spay/neuter and release feral cats inhabiting the thousands of acres of farmland and woods in our county. We have relationships with several local organizations, including the Chester County Pet Food Bank and Phoenixville Area Community Coalition, that refer low-income clients to us for free spay neuter procedures. The outcomes will be less unwanted and abused animals; a healthier pet population and the education of more responsible pet owners (both adults and children.)

Population(s) Served

MLAR is more than an adoption center. MLAR's mission is not just to place homeless animals, but to change the culture in this country; to end the cycle of animal homelessness and improve the treatment of companion animals.

Over the years, MLAR had made great strides to end the inhumane treatment of animals in commercial breeding facilities (Puppy Mills), but there is still much work to be done. Unfortunately, we still have the results of puppy mills being transported to our clinic on a weekly basis: Retired breeding moms that have been overbred suffering from mammary tumors, decayed teeth and general lack of care. Older puppies that are no longer "cute & small” enough to be sold for a profit come to MLAR as they are just an unwanted expense to these farmers and breeders. MLAR takes in these castoffs knowing that they often require extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and time. Because of the financial support we receive from our donors these animals do not face a time limit on their stay. We are able to give them all the time they need, plus highly developed training programs and expert care so they may become healthy and adoptable.

MLAR also takes in dogs that may not have come from a full scale puppy mill, but they came from irresponsible "back yard” breeders who breed their pets for a profit.

MLAR's fight to end Puppy Mill's burst onto the national stage in 2007 when we put up a billboard outside of Harper Studios in Chicago asking Oprah to do a show exposing the horrors of Puppy Mills. Within days, MLAR was coordinating an undercover investigation with Lisa Ling and Oprah, and our voice was heard world wide. For the past few years, MLAR was fortunate enough to be featured on ABC’s The View multiple times for segments covering mommy-makeover, the benefits of senior pets, marvelous mutts and dogs with disabilities. MLAR continues to lead the fight against puppy mills and irresponsible breeding with our PA Turnpike billboards, appearances on national television shows and humane education programs at local schools, libraries and community groups.

Population(s) Served

MLAR takes great pride in our mission to save and make better the lives of animals currently suffering from abandonment, over-population, over-breeding and abuse. However, helping these dogs in need of love, nourishment and medical care does nothing to help stop future abuse. As with most societal issues—both human and animal—the education of our youth is the key to making a meaningful impact, changing attitudes and quelling the problem. Reaching as many students ages K-12 as possible is, indeed, a major element of MLAR’s mission to educate and change attitudes. As more youth become involved in educational and service programs regarding animal welfare the outcomes are without limits. The goals of MLAR’s Educational and Advocacy program are to enlist understanding of the plight of companion animals and to encourage students to share fresh ideas in support of our mission. In order to accomplish this, MLAR collaborates with several schools, libraries and youth-groups in our area.

Population(s) Served

We continue to develop our training programs to meet the needs of our animals. We look at each individual animal in our care and consider what additional support they need while here at MLAR in order to best prepare for a lasting adoption.

One of our largest programs, Petiquette, is geared toward our higher energy dogs whose "bad manners” are preventing them from being adopted. The program is offered during three 8-week series with 10-12 dogs participating per class. The dogs range from shepherd mixes, boxer mix, labs, corgi mix, pit bull type dogs and other mixed breeds. We are thrilled to say that approximately 86% of the dogs participating have been adopted and remain in their new homes. In addition to the three classes, we also offer a short re-fresher class for some of our past students that are still with us.

VIP and Shy Dog classes run on a regular basis. Dogs of all sizes and breeds have participated in this training to help them build confidence and become more adoptable. These programs have been working on skills like hand targeting, recall, eye contact skill, home training, and many others. Over 50 of the dogs that we have adopted out this past year have graduated from VIP, Shy Dog or both of these classes. That is close to 15% of our adopted dogs.

PK101 (Puppy School) has helped hundreds of puppies over the years, and we have continued to educate our volunteers on how to help future puppies with webinars and training from the staff. We have been able to work with our puppies both here at the rescue, as well as off-site so as to better prepare them for their future homes. Our puppies learn much more than their basic obedience commands. They learn socialization skills so that they play appropriately with other dogs and people. They build their confidence through working with agility equipment and climbing stairs. They also do nose work by searching for treats in kiddie pools of empty plastic bottles which helps them become accustomed to noises and new situations.

Population(s) Served

Main Line Animal Rescue's volunteers are vital to the daily operations and continued animal welfare at MLAR. We welcome volunteers to walk dogs, socialize cats and bunnies, or even to lend a hand at monthly property and fundraising events, among many other opportunities. MLAR has a well developed volunteer training program so all levels of experience are welcome!

Volunteers are the lifeline to the dogs at MLAR. With their commitment to walking, training, snuggling, grooming and enrichment, the dogs at MLAR enjoy opportunities that many have never experienced. As a volunteer you can choose to spend your time enhancing their lives while they prepare for new homes.

A love of cats is all you need to be a cat volunteer at MLAR! Our free roaming population of happy cats welcome visitors to the peaceful cat rooms. Meow is the time to come and meet our fantastic felines.

Bunnies, Guinea pigs, hamsters, birds and other pets sometimes are looking for a new home and MLAR is always looking for volunteers to help with these little guys! If you have a special expertise with exotic animals we would welcome your time and knowledge. Our goal is to provide a high level of enrichment for all animals and you can play a part.

Population(s) Served

Main Line Animal Rescue is located on a 60-acre farm in Chester County, PA. The MLAR staff appreciates the support of corporate work groups who come to help maintain the property by painting, offering handy-man and handy-woman skills, planting and weeding and clearing pathways for our volunteers to walk the dogs.

We also need indoor activities completed that help us maintain our buildings and activities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Schools and Community Centers MLAR visits annually with it's Humane Education Programming

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Outreach

Context Notes

MLAR volunteers and their animals visit local schools, veteran's centers, hospitals, community events, retirement homes, etc. throughout the year.

Number of animals cared for annually by MLAR

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Adoption

Context Notes

MLAR cares for over 1,200 animals every year that come to us from over-crowded shelters, personal surrenders, and puppy mills or back yard breeders.

Number of dogs walked daily by our volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Welfare and Enrichment Programming

Context Notes

MLAR volunteers come to our rescue 365 days a year to ensure that all 200 dogs get quality enrichment time outside in our fields every day.

Number of cats our volunteers interact with daily in our catios and free-roaming cat rooms

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Welfare and Enrichment Programming

Context Notes

MLAR has many different rooms where our volunteers interact and socialize our cats every day.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Main Line Animal Rescue has been fighting to end the cycle of animal homelessness not just in our immediate area, but all across the nation. MLAR strives to provide the highest level of care to animals in need, while also reaching out to our community for them to better understand the current issues of:

1. Pet over-population and the importance of spay/neuter practices
2. Inhumane treatment of Puppy Mills and irresponsible backyard breeders
3. Education of the children and young adults in our communities - they will be the ones to grow up and make further changes in our law, behaviors and culture
4. The benefits to adopting animals in need

Main Line Animal Rescue has always relied on our grass-roots efforts to affect change. Whether it is our unique marketing materials, community engagement events, local fundraisers, social email or one of our other efforts, MLAR strives to communicate our message of adoption in a positive and uplifting way. Though we communicate the harsh realities of animal neglect and homelessness, we find it more effective to focus on the positive aspects of adoption and rescue. Our printed materials are always eye catching and humorous. Our event themes are clever and often comical. We talk to young children about the happiness they can get from animals in an age appropriate way, never relying on scare tactics. MLAR is proud of the identity and reputation we have built, and we always strive to reach more people in farther communities.

Main Line Animal Rescue is fortunate to have a wonderful community of supporters comprised of individuals, foundations, national organization and community partners. Through these networks, MLAR receives financial support, volunteers both at the property and at off-site events, as well as sponsorship support of fundraising events and programming needs.

MLAR is located on a 60 acre old farm in Chester County, PA. Our facilities include a kennel to house 300 animals, a full veterinary hospital, and innovative training and education space. We have 10+ acres of fenced in fields for our dogs to exercise and play, and multiple cat rooms where our population roams free and socializes. We are very fortunate to have this incredible property where we can continue to grow and continue to provide outstanding care.

Main Line Animal Rescue has made great progress, but there is still much to do. There are still over 2.7 million animals that never make it out of shelters each year. There are still millions of homeless dogs and cats roaming our communities. There are still close to a million dogs and cats suffering in commercial breeding facilities. MLAR has made progress in our community and on a national scale, but we will not stop our efforts until there is no longer a need for shelters and animals are not forced into inhumane breeding practices.

Financials

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MAIN LINE ANIMAL RESCUE

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Leslie Briley

Leslie Briley

Babcock and Associates

Katie Hembrough

Judith Holmes

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Agnes Alonso

Christy Pitchford

Cassidy Connor & Pitchford Attorneys at Law

Lee Halladay

Halladay Associates

Barbara King

Valley Forge Flowers

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes