Humane Pennsylvania hosting 3-day free adoption weekend starting March 31

Spring offers a chance for warmth, growth, and new beginnings. Humane Pennsylvania is offering that same chance by hosting a three-day fee-waived adoption event, generously sponsored by A.J. Himmelsbach, NP (Dermatology), who works for DermDox Dermatology Centers in Wyomissing, PA.

From Friday, March 31st until Sunday, April 2nd, ALL dogs, cats, and critters at the Berks and Lancaster County adoption centers will be free to safe, loving homes. It’s time to spring forward and come full circle with new and old shelter friends! As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Old and new make the Warp and WOOF of every moment.”

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Adoption weekend sponsor A.J. Himmelsbach, and his wife Kate, know the feeling of coming full circle all too well. Himmelsbach began supporting the animals and the organization while practicing dermatology in 2013, which was the same year the Humane Society of Berks County and the Humane League of Lancaster County merged to become Humane Pennsylvania.

A.J. and Kate showed their support and dedication by attending HPA’s Art Auction and using their Christmas funds – originally meant to purchase each other’s gifts – to donate toys and food to shelter pets during the holidays, before leaving Reading in 2018. The Himmelsbachs moved back to the area in 2022 when A.J. began practicing with DermDox Dermatology Centers in Wyomissing.

Welcoming new and old patients to his practice has inspired Himmelsbach to spread awareness and encourage the community to give a homeless pet a second chance.

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After returning to the area, A.J. and Kate were set on sponsoring a Humane Pennsylvania adoption weekend for one very important reason. “Shelter Pets, bottom line, don’t deserve to be there in the shelter,” said Himmelsbach. “The only way to help and support that idea is to do something about it.”

Adopters wishing to provide a loving home for shelter animals during the event are encouraged to visit the adoption center campuses or All potential adopters are required to go through Humane Pennsylvania’s adoption screening process (approval is not guaranteed).

Adoptions Include: Humane Pennsylvania’s 30-day Adoption Health Supplement, Spaying or neutering (before adoption), Vaccinations (including current rabies vaccination) and de-worming medication, Flea treatment, Microchipping and chip registration, and Free 1 lb. bag of Science Diet pet food.

Adoption Locations and Details:

​Lancaster Center for Animal Life-Saving: 9 AM – 5 PM (Adoption Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM), 2195 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Freedom Center for Animal Life-Saving: Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (Adoption Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM), 1801 N. 11th Street, Reading, PA 19604.

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