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About us

The Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center (ARL) was formed in 1909 by a group of citizens with a shared concern for both animal welfare and the public health. Since opening our doors in 1910, we have remained true to our mission of helping all animals in need, regardless of species or breed. At our Shelter, we care for and find permanent, loving homes for dogs, cats and other companion animals. We have no time limit on an animal’s stay with us – we keep all healthy and friendly companion animals until they are adopted. At our Wildlife Center, we rehabilitate wild animals native to Pennsylvania that have been harmed or displaced by encounters with man. We are the only shelter in the region that takes in and cares for both wild and companion animals.

Our Open Door policy means that no animal is ever refused shelter. Between the Shelter and Wildlife Center, we take in approximately 13,000 animals annually, and 15% of our animals came to us because they were turned away from limited admission shelters. As an Open Door Shelter, our presence is critical to the community. Without us, sick or injured animals would be left to suffer needlessly and dangerous animals would be left loose to roam the streets.

Mission Statement: The Animal Rescue League’s mission is to provide temporary shelter, food, medical attention, and comfort to all abandoned, neglected and injured animals brought to us by the community; to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for them, and to educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation.