Berks County, PA -  

2017 events

Dec. 1 Furry Friday at Humane Society of Berks County
The Humane Society of Berks County will hold Furry Friday on December 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the shelter, 1801 N. 11th St., Reading, PA. A special exhibit of artist Adrienne Trafford's work will be open to the public. Meet adoptable animals and enjoy appetizers and beverages provided by local business. Santa Claus also will appear.

Dec. 2 Humane Pennsylvania Howliday Open Houses
The Humane Society of Berks County and the Humane League of Lancaster County, both managed by Humane Pennsylvania, will hold Howliday Open Houses from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. Both locations, the HSBC at 1801 N. 11th St., Reading, and the HLLC at 2195 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Lancaster, will offer pet and family pictures with Santa from noon to 4 p.m. for $5. All pets should be well-behaved and leashed or carried. The Perk Up truck will be selling hot beverages outside the Reading location. The HLLC will offer sweet treats. There will be raffle prizes.

Dec. 3 Spay & Neuter Day for House Cats
The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will  hold a low-cost spay and neuter program for up to 40 cat on Sunday, Dec. 3., beginning at 8 a.m. Cats must arrive between 8 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. to the Surgery Center (58 Kennel Road, Birdsboro, PA 19508 - in Cumru Township) in a hard plastic carrier (no cardboard/soft carriers/boxes), 1 cat/carrier.  The top of each carrier must be marked with the cat’s name, owner’s last name and sex.  Please include a small blanket or towel in each carrier.
The cost for spay/neuter plus rabies and distemper vaccinations is $35 per cat, cash only.  Owners can pick up their cats in the afternoon, male cats at 2:30 and female cats at 3. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You must fill out a form and return it via email (send to to reserve a spot. Only applicants that receive a confirmation email should bring their cat to the event.

Dec. 9 Meet and Greet the Goldens
The Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue will hold its monthly Meet & Greet the Goldens at its Golden Gateway facility, 60 Vera Cruz road, Reinholds, PA 17569 on Saturday,
Dec. 9,  from 10 a.m. to noon. Come out to meet the golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, goldendoodles and Labradoodles that are available for adoption. Staff is on hand to answer all questions, and food is available for purchase. There is no admission charge and DVGRR requests no photographs be taken. For more information, contact Inza Adams, events manager, at or 717-484-4799.

Dec. 16 Decking the Halls with Santa Paws

The Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue will hold a "Decking the Halls with Santa Paws" event on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments for photos with Santa Claus will be available every 10 minutes. Cost is $20 per photo, please register in advance by emailing Make a paw painting gift with your dog, $10 per canvas. Register by emailing Payments for both events are due that day. There will be raffles, human and dog cookies, cocoa and free hot dogs. A Toys for Tots and Tails collection also will be held. Children's and dog's toys are desired. The children's toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots program.

Dec. 16 Raffle to benefit Animal Rescue League
The Winter Wonderland Craft Show will be held Saturday, December 16, at 225. E. Penn Ave., Robesonia, PA 19551, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to
The Animal Rescue League of Berks County. The ARL will have adoptables onsite from 10 a.m. to noon.

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