The Reading & Northern Railroad will host a Sponsored Adoption Weekend from Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23, 2022. During the event, all animals will be free 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 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 meet and greet 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 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 ARL will be open on Friday from 1 – 6:30 PM (waitlist closes at 6:00 PM) and Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 5:00 PM (waitlist closes at 4:30 PM); no appointments are necessary.
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. At this time, masks are encouraged.