Thinking about adopting a new best friend? When you adopt your new pet from the Animal Rescue League of Berks County Inc. you’re not only getting a great pal but you’re also giving that special animal companion a second chance at life. On any given day, there are many wonderful pets just waiting to be adopted. Visit with us and tour our dog kennels, cat colonies, critter room and barn to find that special pet to make your life complete. Application for Adoption. Below you will find what you need to know about adopting a pet from the ARL.
Things to Know Before You Arrive If you are coming to adopt, please note the following policies:
If you have a copy of your lease and your current pets’ vaccination records, please bring them along. Many vets are NOT open on the weekends and we therefore cannot confirm rabies vaccinations until the following Monday, if you don’t have paperwork, your adoption will be put on hold until confirmation can be obtained. Since we do not hold pets, this means you may lose the animal to another adopter.
Adoption Process Adopting a new family member should not be an impulsive decision. When you come into the shelter, take your time and look around! If a pet catches your eye, spend time with him or her to begin to get to know each other. Once you have made your decision, the adoption process may take up to an hour. All adoptions must be initiated at least 15 minutes prior to the shelter’s closing time. You will need to complete an adoption application which can be downloaded by clicking the link above. You can complete the form and bring it with you. At the front desk, an ARL staff member will review your application and will be doing the following:
Please note that all dogs must go home with a collar and leash which can be purchased in our lobby if you do not bring one along. We have both brand new Lupine products as well as gently used items.
The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc. in its sole discretion may approve or deny your adoption application for any animal for any reason whatsoever.
Adoption Fees Dogs: Cost includes spaying/neutering, a Home Again microchip and an engraved ID tag. Dog licenses are additional.
Cats: Cost includes spaying/neutering, a Home Again microchip, most vaccinations, and a combo test.
Critters: (available at Pet Smart, Temple) Please be advised critters (i.e. rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) are excluded from all sponsored adoption/free adoption events.
Birds: (available at Pet Smart, Temple)
Lizards/Snakes: (available at Pet Smart, Temple)
Farm animals: Please be advised farm animals (i.e. horses, goats, chickens, etc.) are excluded from all sponsored adoption/free adoption events. All farm animal adoptions must be approved by our Shelter Manager and are subject to a home visit.
Also included in our adoption fee is a complimentary health exam for your new pet at:
And to help you and your new pet adjust to your new life together, the Animal Rescue League will give you a special pet adoption folder filled with all kinds of information about pets from the Pennsylvania Dog Law to tips on puppy-proofing your home to animal safety awareness.
Our corporate friends also want to wish you the best with your newly adopted friend. When you adopt from the Animal Rescue League, you are entitled to a $10 gift certificate from Pet Supplies Plus in the Shillington Shopping Center.
Thank you for considering adoption from the Animal Rescue League!