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Founded by a revolutionary woman ahead of her time, the Animal Rescue League of Berks County has been going strong since 1952. Berks ARL has been a cornerstone for the animal advocacy efforts in the region in addition to its role as a rescue and rehabilitation facility. This shelter serves the county in numerous capacities ranging from the investigation of mistreatment to education programs in schools. Since its inception, Berks ARL has built programs that provide subsidized adoptions for members of the military and senior dogs for senior citizens!  

Acting as the largest shelter in the Reading area, Humane Pennsylvania sees thousands walk through its doors each year. Even still, they maintain a live release rate that is astonishing. Working with several local rescues and service providers, Humane PA is striving to repair a disjointed welfare network in the region by engaging with the community. This shelter offers programs like Ani-meals and Safe Haven, both of which are primary programs in their overall Healthy Pets, Healthy Lives initiative. The Healthy Pets, Healthy Lives initiative was started by Humane Pennsylvania in conjunction with their rescue efforts to secure donated veterinary services to homeless pets, and its mission has permeated all facets of the shelter: “a healthy pet is a happy pet!”

A small, organic nonprofit group, Zoe’s House Rescue, is run entirely by volunteers and their subsequent foster network. Zoe’s House rescues dogs that fall through the cracks of shelter systems by providing a home, veterinary services, and rehabilitation. Named for the founder’s beloved Doberman, Zoe, after she passed on, this rescue focuses on serving vulnerable breeds that often fall victim to breed discrimination to honor Zoe’s memory. This shelter also provides financial assistance to members of the community needing help to neuter, spay, or provide heartworm treatment.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Reading

  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #1 Tailwagger's Trick or Treat

    Hosted by Humane Pennsylvania in partnership with the Humane League of Lancaster County, Tailwagger’s Trick or Treat brings fun for the entire family to Buchanan Park each October! There will be music, crafts and games, and a vendor a market to explore. This fall festival would not be complete without costume contests galore, and there will be several categories to compete in for both dogs and their humans! Admission to this event is free; however, entry to the Beer Garden experience is $20 and includes several pint samples.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month June
    Duration 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #2 All About Dogs Day

    Every summer, the Berks County Kennel Club puts on a celebration dedicated to our loyal, furry companions at the Sinking Spring Fire Company. All About Dogs Day is a free event that brings the community together to enjoy to company of friends old and new, and offers access to vendors, breeders, and other animal resource providers in the Reading area! Food and drink will be available for purchase, and live demonstrations will be ongoing courtesy of the Kennel Club. All dogs are welcome to join their families for a day of appreciation!
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  • Admission $45.00
    Month May
    Duration 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    #3 Dogs & Brews

    As the sweet smell of summer rolls into Pennsylvania, the Animal Rescue League of Berks County puts on a beer lover’s spectacular at the Reading Public Museum - Dogs and Brews! This event will showcase beers both local and national, food trucks, and several dog-friendly vendors. There will be a tent specifically for dogs to play in while humans make their way across tasting stations! Admission is $45, and tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate in bulk or for individuals taking one for the team and acting as the designated driver.
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  • Admission $40.00
    Month July
    Duration 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    #4 Pints for Pups

    The people of Reading love their beer, and Humane Pennsylvania gives the people what they want with their annual Pints for Pups event at Jim Dietrich Park! Leashed dogs are welcome to come along and enjoy live music, picnic food, and over forty beers for sampling. With a different decade theme each year, this event is a guaranteed sell-out, so buy tickets in advance. General admission is $40 and includes a buffet lunch, tasting glass, and beer tastings. Other ticket options exist for VIPs, designated drivers, and children.
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  • Admission $22.00
    Month September
    Duration 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    #5 Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest

    One of Humane Pennsylvania’s largest fundraising efforts of the season, Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest is a fun walk that draws people from all over the state. There will be food, live music, children’s activities and loads of local service providers, rescues, and pet-friendly marketplaces. Dogs are welcome to join their humans at Jim Dietrich Park for this huge charity event. Though participants are encouraged to form packs to fundraise as a groups, individual registration is only $22 for adults.
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