Local Railroad to sponsor adoptions at the Animal Rescue League this weekend

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County 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, and puppies that are eligible to adopt.

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The ARL will be open on Friday from 1:00pm to 6:30pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 4:30pm; 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.

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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 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.

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