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Reading & Northern Railroad to Host Free Adoption Weekend at ARL

by Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Jul 07, 2022


The Reading & Northern Railroad will host a Sponsored Adoption Weekend from Friday, July 8th – Sunday, July 10th, 2022. During the event, all animals will be free to adopt.

“Reading and Northern has become one of the ARL’s cornerstone partnerships for lifesaving at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County,” said ARL’s Chief Development Officer, Ashley Mikulsky. “Their generosity and commitment to the cause is not only a company wide effort, but a true testament to the power and impact that can through collaboration!”

All animals will be eligible to adopt for free. 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 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 ARL will be open on Friday from 1 – 7:00 PM (waitlist closes at 6:30 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 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.

For more information, please contact the ARL at [email protected].

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