After months of negotiations, the Animal Rescue League of Berks County’s 2019 animal control contracts for county municipalities go into effect tomorrow, Friday, February 1. As of January 31, the ARL has received commitments from the City of Reading and seven municipalities in the county, including Bern, Cumru, Spring, Tilden and Upper Bern townships, and New Morgan and Wyomissing boroughs.

Birdsboro Borough, Amity Township and West Reading Borough are undecided and will be voting on the contract on Monday, February 4; Wednesday, February 6; and Tuesday, February 19, respectively.

Municipalities not listed have either decided to opt out of animal control services with the ARL, or have not yet responded to the 2019 animal control contracts. “Residents of municipalities that are not listed should contact their police department or municipal offices in regards to management of stray animals in 2019,” says executive director, Tom Hubric.

Hubric notes that the ARL will continue to respond to animal cruelty complaints throughout the county—including in non-contracted municipalities. “Even though the ARL will receive no payment for these services and will have to continue to rely heavily on its donors for subsidization, we feel ethically and morally bound by our mission and 66-year history to assure that the animals of Berks County are protected.”