I grew up in Berks County and had always heard how Mary Archer started the organization and of her dedication to the animals. Also, it was a known fact that the staff at the ARL was very dedicated to the animals and serious with their pursuit of abusers. This stuck with me and left me with a desire to help.
In the 70’s, when I was in my 20’s, I became a member and volunteered at the shelter. This was more rewarding than words can say. I loved being around the animals, cleaning their pens, feeding them, and helping to care for them. These gentle souls were always so grateful for love and attention.
Several years later I moved out of state. At that time I began donating what money I had available to donate to no-kill shelters. However, ARL continued to hold a special place in my heart.
Then, a few years ago I happened to see an article that ARL had adopted a no-kill policy. I confirmed that and began including ARL to my list of donations.
I am not a wealthy woman, but I share with a few organizations. It has always been a dream of mine to make a difference, much as Mary Archer did all those years ago. With that in mind, I have included ARL as a beneficiary to receive what I have left for the care of the animals.
I believe it is a human duty to care for the earth, the environment and the animals, all living creatures. We must be their voice. We must be there for them and stand up for their rights in whatever way we can.
It is said that you can tell a lot about a human being by how they treat animals. I have found this to be true.
I would encourage everyone to keep their local shelters in mind and to include them in their estate plans, in whatever way they can. One by one we can make a difference. Choose carefully those which match your values and those that designate their funds appropriately rather than to support wealthy CEOs and Administrators.
– Kathleen A.
Leave Your Mark.
If you arrived at this page, we thank you for taking the time to learn more about how you can make a significant impact on the animals at the ARL. Not everyone needs to or can make a gift today, but everyone can make a difference in the future. When you include the Animal Rescue League in your will or long-term financial plans, you help ensure we can remain committed to the welfare of animals for many years to come.
The ARL has been serving animals in our community since 1952. Throughout that time, generous donors have made legacy and estate gifts to our organization that have been transformational for our growth. We established the 1952 Society to recognize individuals who believe deeply in our cause and decide to leave a legacy gift to the ARL.
Benefits of membership in the 1952 Society include:
- Early access to special events and promotions.
- Invitation to our 1952 luncheon, an annual gathering hosted by our ARL leadership team.
- A subscription to our quarterly impact reports, that give you an in depth look at how donor dollars are shaping our organization.
- A dedicated staff member available to answer questions and provide assistance at any time.
We hope you’ll become a 1952 member by naming the ARL as a beneficiary in your will, living trust, life insurance policy, pension plan or charitable trust. For more information please download the packet to the right or contact Ashley Mikulsky, VP of Development at 610-621-4402 or email@example.com
To learn more about including the ARL in your estate, please complete this form online by clicking HERE or download and mail the ESTATE PLANNED GIVING NOTIFICATION FORM to our attention at the address below. Thank you!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR GIFTS
Legal Name: The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc.
Legal Address: 58 Kennel Road Birdsboro, PA 19508
Tax ID: 23-1417505