Main Line Animal Rescue does accept court-ordered volunteers. While you are fulfilling your court ordered hours, your service will include non-animal related projects: property care, laundry, stuffing Kong Toys, washing dishes etc. Once you have completed your court ordered hours, you will be able to be trained to work with the animals.

All court-ordered volunteers * MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE or older. We do not accept persons who have been convicted of the following crimes:

Felony level crimes

Crimes committed with a weapon

Illegal possession of a fire arm

History of sexual offenses

Predatory crimes


Possession/receiving/selling stolen property

Crimes of violence (including domestic assault)

Animal cruelty/neglect

MLAR requires all persons applying to volunteer, to state any past criminal record and reserves the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer, if warranted.

Main Line Animal Rescue also reserves the right to refuse any court-ordered volunteers for offenses not listed here.

Persons interested in more details about our court-ordered volunteering program should contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 610)933-0606 for more information and complete guidelines of the program.

READ THIS *Although people differ in their requirements for mandated hours, MLAR asks that you commit to 8 hours a month for a minimum of 6 months to have us sign off on Court appointed paperwork. We are not able to accommodate volunteers who intend to volunteer for only fewer hours.

MLAR is a alcohol free, drug free, weapon free zone. If you are found to have any of these in your possession, while on MLAR property, you will be asked to leave immediately and/or the authorities may be called.

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Demographic Information

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Emergency Contact

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Health Issues

Do you have any physical, medical, emotional, or psychological limitations or disabilities that may affect your participation in certain volunteer activities? If yes, please describe.

* Working with animals can be very difficult emotionally and physically. We do not supervise volunteers who come to volunteer, so we expect everyone to be able to work completely independently. If you are not able to work independently with the animals then you must come with an aid who has also attended the orientation and trained with the animals. If you have questions about this, please email or call 610-933-0606.

If you need prescription medication in an emergency (allergies, seizures etc.) please let the volunteer coordinator know and share the location of your medication in case of emergency.

I have experince in or I am interested in learning

Have you had any prior experience at an animal shelter/animal welfare organization or in a related field? If yes, please describe the organization and your responsibilities. If you do not have experience, but are interested in helping in these areas please let us know.

Employer Information

Some employers have programs that would benefit MLAR. Would your employer be able to provide services or products to help the animals at MLAR? Does your employer promotes employee participation at nonprofit organizations by providing grants linked to individual volunteer involvement. Does your employer encourage you to share their "time and talent" with nonprofit organizations? Does your employer provide Volunteer Time Off(VTO)days to help? Ask! and let us know!

Required Hours for Court Mandated Service

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By indicating below, I hereby accept a position as a volunteer for Main Line Animal Rescue upon the following terms, conditions, and understandings.



1. My services to Main Line Animal Rescue are provided strictly in a voluntary capacity as a volunteer and without any express or implied promise of salary, compensation, reimbursement, or other payment of any kind whatsoever.
2. My services are furnished without any employment-type benefits, including, but not limited to, employment insurance programs, workers compensation accrual in any form, vacations, or sick time.
3. I will familiarize myself and comply with Main Line Animal Rescues policies and procedures applicable to volunteers. In particular, I fully understand that Main Line Animal Rescue expects high standards of moral and ethical treatment of the animals under its care. I will adhere strictly to these standards in my capacity as a volunteer.
4. I understand that Main Line Animal Rescue, without notice or hearing, may terminate my services as a volunteer at any time with or without reason.


1. I understand the risk of harm presented by the handling of animals and other volunteer activities on behalf of Main Line Animal Rescue. I further understand that volunteer activities may place me in situations that could result in injury to me or my personal property due to the unpredictable nature of animal behavior and interaction of animals that come into Main Line Animal Rescues care, custody, and control. On behalf of myself, and my heirs, personal representatives, and assigns, I hereby release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Main Line Animal Rescue and its directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all claims, causes of action, and demands of any nature, whether known or unknown, arising out of or in connection with my volunteer activities on behalf of Main Line Animal Rescue.
2. Understanding that public relations are an important part of a volunteers activities on behalf of Main Line Animal Rescue, I hereby authorize Main Line Animal Rescue to use any photographs of me, acting within my capacity as a volunteer, in its possession for public relations purposes. I ask that Main Line Animal Rescue use reasonable efforts to give me advance notice of any such use, but such notification is not a condition to release photographs for public relations purposes.


1. The volunteer handbook, which is provided at volunteer orientation and is available on Main Line Animal Rescues volunteer website, describes important information about Main Line Animal Rescue.I understand that I should consult the Volunteer Coordinator regarding any questions not answered in this handbook.
2. Since the information, policies, and benefits described here are necessarily subject to change, I acknowledge that revisions to the handbook may occur. All such changes will be communicated through official departmental memos, and I understand that revised information may supersede, modify, or eliminate existing policies. Only the Volunteer Department of Main Line Animal Rescue in conjunction with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors has the ability to adopt any revisions to the policies in this handbook.
3. Furthermore, I acknowledge that this handbook is neither a contract of employment nor a legal document. I understand that it is my responsibility to read and comply with the policies contained in this handbook and any revisions made to it.


1. I understand that all media inquiries should be directed to the Managing Director or Executive Director.
2. I understand that all correspondence from Main Line Animal Rescue to the media should come from the Managing Director or Executive Director. Staff and/or volunteers should never contact any media regarding any Main Line Animal Rescue issues.
3. I understand that all campaigns, press releases, appeals, marketing materials, donation jars, Web sites, etc. are created, distributed and managed by Main Line Animal Rescue administration. Staff and/or volunteers should not distribute materials such as these on behalf of Main Line Animal Rescue without permission.