The Reading and Northern Railroad will pay the adoption fees of all shelter animals at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County on Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.

The ARL will be open on Friday from 1-7 and Saturday and Sunday from 12-5; no appointments necessary. The ARL is continuing to follow all recommended health and safety guidelines by restricting access to the building, working with adopters outside and requiring 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 to 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 pets—kittens, cats, dogs and any puppies—will be eligible to adopt. 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, 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 meet and greets with other dogs at the shelter.

Dog adopters will also want to bring cash or check for a $7 dog license, which is required at the time of adoption under PA law. Adopters will also want to bring a cat carrier (or they can purchase one from the ARL for $5) and 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.

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