The Animal Rescue League of Berks County is pleased to present our live release rates for the month of July. The live release rate for dogs was 96%, with cat/kitten rates dipping to 86%. “With natural kitten mortality rates ranging anywhere from 15-40%, unfortunately, it was expected that our cat percentages were going to be lower this month,” said Tom Hubric, executive director. “The number is lower than we’d like, but is an unavoidable part of caring for physically fragile young kittens with weak immune systems who come into the shelter from unknown circumstances. Each shelter in the northeast deals with similar situations during the summer months when we’re intaking more than 400 cats and kittens a month.”

Since the Animal Rescue League of Berks County implemented its Push P.A.W.S. no-kill campaign at the beginning of the year, no animal at the shelter has been euthanized due to space, and more than 1,000 animals are alive since Hubric began his tenure as the executive director. Additionally, placements and adoptions have doubled over the previous timeframe in 2017, with almost 1400 cats and dogs finding homes, and almost 300 outside community cats being spayed/neutered through the ARL. “We’ve taken in more animals than last year, so we’re thrilled that with what we’ve been able to accomplish in such a short period of time,” he says. “We simply couldn’t have achieved this lofty goal without the tremendous support of our community through volunteering, fostering and donating, as well as the tireless work from our volunteers and staff.”