BIRDSBORO, P.a., November 9, 2021 – The Animal Rescue League of Berks County (ARL) will hold a free adoption event sponsored by Reading & Northern Railroad this weekend, November 12 – 14.

Reading & Northern railroad will pay the adoption fees of all shelter animals at the ARL including kittens, cats, dogs, puppies, and smallies that are eligible to adopt.

The ARL will be open on Friday from 1:00 PM – 6:30 PM; and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM; no appointments necessary. All adopters must go through the ARL’s regular procedures to adopt, including the completion of an adoption profile and speaking with an adoption counselor to ensure that the pet they select is a good match for their home, family, and lifestyle.

“We do not take any shortcuts when we host free adoption weekends,” says Alexis Pagoulatos, ARL’s CEO. “We want to do everything we can to make sure that all of our pets find great homes, no matter if their new family is paying for them or not.”

Adopters are encouraged to bring their family members to meet their new pet at the time of adoption and to bring their dogs from home for a meet and greets with other dogs at the shelter. Dog adopters will also want to bring cash or a check for a $7 dog license, which is required at the time of adoption under Pennsylvania law. Adopters will also want to bring a cat carrier (or they can purchase one from the ARL for $5) and a dog collar and leash (or they can purchase one from the ARL).

The ARL is continuing to follow health and safety protocols by restricting access to the building, working with adopters outside, and encouraging all guests to wear a mask. A virtual “line” is set up at www.berksarl.org/hello where guests can check-in when they arrive at the shelter. All guests will be able to check their place in line and be notified by text when it’s their turn to work with an adoption counselor.

For more information, please contact the ARL at adoption@berksarl.org or call 610-373-8830.

ABOUT THE ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BERKS COUNTY  

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County is a charitable 501c3 nonprofit animal-welfare community center that cares for nearly 5,000 animals in need annually. We also offer human-animal support resources, low-cost veterinary services, animal control programs, and animal cruelty and humane law investigation throughout Berks County, Pennsylvania.