About Us

The ARL’s mission is to impact all aspects of humane treatment of animals through quality service, accommodation, and education of pet owners and the community. 

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.


Since 1952, tens of thousands of animals have been spared the fate of uncertainty and given the opportunity to experience a more enriching and humane life through the services provided by the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc (ARL). The ARL’s dedication to providing shelter and care for the unwanted and abused animals of Berks County has resulted in a comprehensive effort to not only provide the optimum level of care, but to enhance and guarantee a humane life for over 5,000 animals annually. At any given time we care for over 175 animals a day on our 10 acre facility, many of whom require veterinary care, rehabilitation, and training. Between the months of May through September, the shelter receives an average of 900 cats and 300 dogs per month.

500x500_231888233The ARL operates at maximum capacity for 9 months out of the year, and during the that time, the shelter can receive up to 30 animals a day. The dedicated staff is committed not only to these animals and to finding them all homes, but they are also devout to the citizens of Berks County who require their daily assistance.

Current Programs

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County serves its community not just by providing care to the abandoned, abused and unwanted animals in our facility, but by offering the community options to enrich the lives of their own pets and the pets of others. It has a fully equipped animal control service that assists in police calls, animal cruelty investigations, confined animal pick up, and injured animal pickups (services are limited to contracted townships).

The state-of-the-art Harry D. Brown Surgery Clinic counteracts the rapidly increasing unwanted stray animal population by spaying and neutering an average of 3,000 owned and stray animals a year. The shelter runs a large adoption program that places an average of 4,000 animals annually in permanent homes by means of daily adoption promotions and special programs. Our one-of-a-kind Foster program currently boasts thousands of adoptions since the program’s inception in 2009. The shelter also provides the community and special interest groups with on and offsite education programs aimed to spread awareness on animal related topics.

Opportunities for Partnership

The ARL invites donors to make an investment to improve animal welfare by supporting the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. Together, we can not only shape the mindset of our community and improve the quality of life through for homeless animals in Berks County, but we can set the bar for animal shelters nationwide to take action and implement change in their own community.