During his years overseeing operations of the shelter he founded, Main Line Animal Rescue, Bill Smith pulled over a thousand dogs, cats, rabbits, and Guinea Pigs from Animal Care & Control in East Harlem and Brooklyn. With the help of his financial supporters, Bill provided these animals with veterinary care, then adopted them to great homes. His new rescue created with the help of Dick and Marilyn Faris and a select group of experienced advocates, 1 Love 4 Animals, continues to pull animals from the “urgent” lists of these overcrowded NYC animal control facilities, helping countless dogs and cats in the past two years. AC&C is one of 1 Love’s strongest and most important rescue partners.
Antigua & Anguilla
In the Spring of 2018, 1 Love received a request to help dogs from a rescue organization in Antigua. Soon our volunteers were meeting adult dogs and puppies traveling from Antigua and Anguilla to Newark and Philadelphia International Airports. 1 Love 4 Animals’ leadership has a long history of helping dogs in the Caribbean beginning in 2000 when we partnered with Pets from Paradise, an all-volunteer rescue based in St. Croix. Pictured: One of the Anguillan puppies, recently adopted, catching some shade on the Main Line outside Philadelphia.
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
1 Love 4 Animals has transported and found new homes for dozens of dogs rescued from floodwaters caused by hurricanes in both North and South Carolina. Shortly after Hurricane Dorian made landfall in Cape Hatteras, the first wave of displaced pets began arriving at 1 Love. To learn more about our efforts on behalf of animals affected by recent hurricanes visit the Hurricane Relief page of this website.
Martha’s Vineyard & Newport, RI
In a fifteen-month period, 1 Love 4 Animals’ volunteers organized over thirty transports (5-10 dogs or cats per carload) to our rescue partners and new homes on the Vineyard, and Newport, RI. In the summer of 2017, Bill Smith visited the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard and discovered their shelter had no available dogs for adoption at that time.
Recognizing the need for adoptable dogs on the Vineyard, Bill began working with a local group, Angels Helping Animals. Driving a Subaru loaded with crates filled with former puppy mill dogs, puppies from overcrowded Caribbean shelters, and dogs pulled from big city animal control facilities, 1 Love delivered animals desperately in need of homes to families desperately in need of pets.
Our partnership with the Potter League in RI extends back 5 years, and their assistance in that time has proven invaluable, and lifesaving. In all, 1 Love has driven over 200 dogs and cats to rescues/homes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Driving 450 hours in the past fifteen months (including sixty trips over the George Washington Bridge often with ten dogs in the car) has doubled and often tripled the number of animals we’ve been able to help.
1 Love 4 Animals has partnered with Angels Helping Animals and helped transport dogs from Bermuda's notorious animal control facility to homes in Massachusetts.
Bermuda’s ban on certain breeds of dogs resulted in household pets being randomly targeted and killed. Bermuda restricts the following breeds of dogs: Akita, Australian Cattle Dog, Belgian Malinois, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue de Bordeaux, German Shepherd, English Mastiff, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or, and this is significant, any mix of the aforementioned breeds.
The owner of a well-behaved Shepherd Mix with no history of aggression is required by law to construct a pen on their property that resembles an enclosure for a zoo animal! With 23% of Bermuda's residents living below the poverty line, many responsible pet owners can ill afford to build these structures and face having their dogs confiscated. Additionally, many dogs on the island are improperly identified as banned breeds and tragically lose their homes and their lives. One dog our volunteers met at the Newark Airport and housed along with other dogs transported from Bermuda resembled a 26 lbs. Beagle Mix. She was confiscated from her family in Bermuda and almost euthanized until Angels Helping Animals stepped in and saved her life.
1 Love 4 Animals provides critical support to AHA and many other rescue organizations throughout this country. A donation to 1 Love will cover the expense of transporting at-risk animals to safety.