Tompkins VIST Bank will pay the adoption fees of cats, dogs, kittens, small animals, and barn animals at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County on Saturday, August 28. The ARL will be open on Saturday from 12:00PM – 5:00 PM (waitlist closes at 4:30 PM); no appointments necessary. Exclusions may apply. 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 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.

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 events,” says Alexis Pagoulatos, the ARL’s Executive Director. “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 Animal Rescue League of Berks County is a charitable 501c3 organization caring for nearly 5,000 animals each year to help them find second chances in a new home or to help reunite them with their grateful owners. For more than 65 years, the organization has worked tirelessly to care for the sick, treat the injured, comfort the unwanted, and protect the abused. Whether helping people in need keep their pets through surrender prevention programs, offering low-cost veterinary services and clinics, as well as outreach and education events throughout the county, the ARL’s work goes far beyond the walls of the shelter.

*Puppies are not included in this promotion.

For more information, please contact the ARL at

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