Bill Smith is a hero among animals. Every single day, he rescues unwanted animals and saves them from a horrible fate.
Smith is founder and director of the Main Line Animal Rescue in Chester Springs, PA. He saves pets from euthanization in shelters, rescues unwanted dogs from puppy mills, and he gives these animals a second chance at a new and better life. Smith also fights relentlessly against puppy mills.
Main Line Animal Rescue houses around 100 homeless dogs and several dozen cats. The organization provides veterinary care and love and attention from 85 regular volunteers.
Through donations and a fund-raising campaign, a $2 million kennel facility is scheduled to open in January. The current kennel will be made into a clinic which will offer free health services for animals rescued by Main Line and other animal organizations.
“You have to do something,” said Smith, who began taking in animals nine years ago. “I don’t believe you can be happy unless you’re doing something for others.”
He works around the clock and does not receive a salary. His energy to save and rescue animals comes from Jelly Bellies and chocolate milk.
Smith continues his fight to close down puppy mills and in 2005, he launched a billboard campaign along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. He emails state officials constantly about poorly run kennels and other cases of animal abuse.
“His activism is bringing attention to devastating conditions in Pennsylvania puppy mills,” said Marsha Perelman, a Main Line Animal Rescue board member. “Some may find his actions extreme, but what he’s bringing attention to is extreme.”
Smith said that animal rescue found him when a breed rescue that he was delivering a dog to rejected him for having an imperfect ear. He took in the dog. From then on, Smith began taking in orphaned animals.
“Sometimes I think everything’s really bad, and then someone steps up and takes in a diabetic cat,” he said. “There are a lot of good people out there.”
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer