Pennsylvania Man Devoted To Rescuing Animals


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

(Thanks Irene)

19 Responses to “Pennsylvania Man Devoted To Rescuing Animals”

  1. shibadiva says:

    Wow, reading this really put the sunshine into my day! This man solidly deserves his ASPCA award. A modern-day St. Francis with a little Robin Hood thrown in. And he is so well placed, being in Pennsylvania where the need is great.

  2. Nora and Rufus says:

    I hope that Bill Smith takes good care of himself also. He is so needed in a world where there is so much cruelty. His methods are not extreme. They are absolutely required. What a wonderful kennel the new facility will be. I am going to donate. Yes, he does deserve an award. He has certainly earned it.

  3. Nancy G. says:

    Yes, someone please adopt him and take him a decent meal a few times a week. The breed rescue rejected a dog because it had an imperfect ear?! I’ve heard some of those breed rescue groups can be picky, but that is disgusting. I’m sure they’d all pass muster if anyone was rejecting less than perfect human beings, right?

  4. Courtney says:

    Thank you for such a lovely story.

  5. JB says:

    Nancy G…I was wonder the same thing about that other breed rescue. I work with a nation-wide breed rescue and we take in dogs with heart murmurs and other health defects. We would never reject a dog b/c of an imperfect ear!

    I wish there were more people out there like Bill. I have seen those billboards in PA and I know they are making a difference. At least, people are taking notice.

  6. Judy says:

    Boy this is great news I only wish there were more people like this man.

    I would love to contact this place, does anyone know how to turn in someone who is running a puppy mill? I know of one in a different state and I am not sure how that works.

  7. Tanya says:

    You have to love anyone that lives on jelly bellies and chocolate milk !

    Judy - contact your local Animal Welfare Dept. Usually they are run by County, but some areas are city to city. They can help inspect and shut down the mill. their records should be public, so you can see what they found on the inspection, unless it’s bad enough that they imediatly go into a lawsuit action.

  8. catmom5 says:

    It’s nice to hear good news for a change. This guy is a hero and I’m glad he’s involved with animal rescue. I’ll bet he’s made a difference for a whole lot of dogs and cats. Wish we could clone him!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Oh way to go Bill Smith. Thanks for this story.

  10. Lynn says:

    Bill is the ultimate man. He is compassion personified. What a wonderful story. And will you look at that photo - the dog kissing Bill to death! A real heart-warming story.

    Where can I send him JellyBellies?

  11. Jeanie says:

    What a wonderful individual! I am so glad there are people like Bill in this world. I recently started volunteering for a cat rescue group and it is REALLY rewarding.

  12. Jenny Bark says:

    This guy is really a HERO & as kind as he is I bet he is tuff as nails too. My Grandma was Amish untill she married my Grandfather. The Amish in Pa is as bad as you get for puppy mills. He is in the heart of it. I wish I lived closer because he or some of the other great people would have all my free time. The Amish is & can be a very closed group (my family is shuned) & they think there is nothing wrong with puppy mills. The dogs have a terrible life. A lot of good & wonderful people have been trying to stop it for years.

  13. Jenny Bark says:

    I should add, I love the Amish people, some of them are my blood, but I really hate the way they treat dogs.

  14. Nancy VB says:

    All three of our dogs come from rescues out of Amish puppy mills in Ohio.
    Shame! shame! shame!
    You can tell how one feels about the Creator by how they treat His creations!

  15. Walker says:

    Bill Smith is a credit to the Rescue community. He takes in dogs and cats that would never have a chance elsewhere. By virtue of having a large and well-funded facility he is able to rehabilitate animals that would be overlooked at local county shelters. He is generous with his time and has helped out smaller rescue groups when he can. He has been blessed with wonderful fundraisers and a very giving community in order to make all this happen.

  16. no one says:

    this guy is increadible….devoting his life to this cause? now thats something to be proud of :)

  17. Annalisa says:

    Marry me Bill, I’ll not only cook for you but get right out there with you and help! I myself have been rescuing animals since childhood and can only say thank you, thank you so much for your graceful presence and aid to all who need you, all of our animal babies!

  18. Jean Tobias says:


  19. Michaela Szymanski says:

    Dear MR. Bill Smith, I am a ten year old girl and I am desperate to stop puppy mills. I have a donation to give to you that is supposed to go to the animal shelter and I was wondering if I could help you? I was wondering if you could give me some information or an address to send my donation too. I am really determined to see puppy mills put to an end. By the way, the stuff you wrote was very cool and I also saw you on Oprah and that video made me cry my eyes out. It was sooooo sad! I have an uncle who is a police man and the next time I see him I am going to ask him if he can try to get me a petition for people to sign about puppy mills and once I run out of room, I will either send it to the Governor or the President. I already sent a letter to the Governor, and I would have sent a letter to the President, but I couldn’t find an e-mail address. Last thing, you know that I am not lying because of how long my letter is. I hope that you reply and tell me where you live. And if you do tell me that and e-mail me back that would be great!! Thank you for your time. Have a great day!! Bye.
    Michaela Szymanski

E-mail It