Achieving independence: Celebrating a successful free adoption weekend

Achieving independence: Celebrating a successful free adoption weekend

We are delighted to share that, thanks to our adopters, supporters and caring community members – last weekend’s Independence for the Animals: Free Adoption Weekend was a great success.

Through the generosity of Kyle Blankenbiller and the team at Auman Funeral Homes, all adoption fees were waived all weekend.

Community members were eagerly waiting for the door of the Humane Society of Berks County to open Friday morning and the excitement continued throughout the weekend.

Families had the opportunity to meet-and-greet with dogs, cats and critters and welcome a new furry friend into their home.

As a result, 17 cats, eight dogs and two critters – 27 pets in total – found forever homes.

Thank you again for all of your support and passion for the animals we serve.

Did you adopt a furry friend during our Independence for the Animals: Free adoption Weekend? Share your adoption experience with us on social media using #IndependencefortheAnimals.

Community Partnerships in Support of the Newly Expanded Spike’s Pet Pantry Program

Community Partnerships in Support of the Newly Expanded Spike’s Pet Pantry Program

Reading – We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with Redner’s Markets and Purina, we are expanding our Ani-Meals Pet Food Program into the new and improved, Spike’s Pet Pantry.

As we continue to grow and differentiate our pet food pantry program, we have renamed the Ani-Meals Program to Spike’s Pet Pantry. This new nomenclature better defines the goal of the program which is to provide resources, specifically food, for pet owners in need of proper nutarian for their pets.  The ultimate goal is to prevent pet surrender due to food insecurity or temporary hardship.

Thanks to the generosity of the teams at Redner’s Markets and Purina, in support of our mission to empower people in our communities to increase their capacity to care for animals so that all animals are healthy, safe, and treated humanely – throughout the months of June through December 2018, Redner’s Markets will be offering the opportunity for customers to easily donate to this life-saving program.

In seven Redner’s Markets throughout Reading, customers will find Spike’s Pet Pantry endcaps with Continue reading “Community Partnerships in Support of the Newly Expanded Spike’s Pet Pantry Program”

ICYMI: Pet-a-Palooza returns to Central Penn College Saturday, June 30, 2018

Pet-a-Palooza returns to Central Penn College Saturday, June 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Petapalooza is a free community festival that features animals from local rescues and shelters. More than 30 shelters and rescues will be participating in the 8th annual Petapalooza. This is the third consecutive year for the event to be held at Central Penn College.

“We’re so glad to be back again this year at Central Penn,” said Bitsy McCann, volunteer executive director for Petapalooza PA. “This event is a fun way to highlight the need for pet adoptions and for the public to see so many lovable animals.”

Fast Facts

  • Who: Lots of furry four-legged friends from 32 area shelters and rescues. In addition, pet owners from the community can bring their animals, as long as they’re leashed, well-behaved and vaccinated.
  • What: Live music, food trucks, vendors, raffles and, of course, the always popular Parade of Pets, which will occur at 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Central Penn College, 600 Valley Road, Summerdale
  • When:  Saturday, June 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine.

 Why: To showcase local animal shelters and rescues while featuring their lovable animals. For more information about the event, including a complete list of vendors, visit: www.PetapaloozaPA.com.

How to Potty Train Your Pup

How to Potty Train Your Pup

By Dr. Alicia Simoneau, Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading Veterinarian

As our team continues you to grow, we want to feature the insights and perspectives of our experts and share new ideas with you.

We will be showcasing guest blogs and are happy to share this helpful post from one of our renowned veterinarians, Dr. Alicia Simoneau.

A frequent concern from new pet owners with brand new puppies or a newly adopted adult dog regards house training.

We want to give some tips for success that may work for your recent or next puppy or dog addition – click HERE.

Thank you, our Pawsome Volunteers

Thank you, our Pawsome Volunteers

Last week, volunteer teams from the New Balance Factory Store at Tanger Outlets and Listrak took time out of their busy schedules to spruce up the grounds of The Humane League of Lancaster County.

The teams worked together to tidy up, weed, and mulch. Please join us in thanking these great groups!

You guys are pawsome!

Are you or your company looking for a great volunteer experience or team-building activity?

Come join our all-star volunteer pack!

Celebrating our catastic team: Staff enjoy enrichment day

Celebrating our catastic team: Staff enjoy enrichment day

This week we our all-star shelter teams took some time to celebrate successes of the year so far and enjoy some good old outdoor summer fun!

During the Staff Enrichment Day, team members played lawn games, like epic battles of Corrnhole, enjoyed burrito boxes from Moe’s Southwest Grill, delights from Sublime Cupcakes, and cooled off with libations fromWacker Brewing Company.
Thanks to everyone who came to partake in the comradery – it is because of your care for your work, passion for the animals, and heart for this community that Humane Pennsylvania continues to strive and make a positive impact of the lives of the animals we serve.

Collaboration is key to #NoPetHungry

Collaboration is key to #NoPetHungry
We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with Redner’s Markets and Purina, we are expanding our Ani-Meals Pet Food Program into the new and improved, Spike’s Pet Pantry.
As we continue to grow and differentiate our pet food pantry program, we have renamed the Ani-Meals Program to Spike’s Pet Pantry.
This new nomenclature better defines the goal of the program which is to provide resources, specifically food, for pet owners in need of proper nutrition for their pets.
The ultimate goal is to prevent pet surrender due to food insecurity or temporary hardship.
Learn more about how you can participate in this life-saving program along with
Redner’s Markets and Purina!

Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading selected for comprehensive canine health study

Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading selected for comprehensive canine health study

Reading – We are honored to announce that the Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading has been chosen to participate in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Program. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is the largest, most comprehensive prospective canine health study in the United States. The study’s purpose is to identify the nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs. Each year, with the help of veterinarians and dog owners, the Morris Animal Foundation collects health, environmental and behavioral data on 3,000+ enrolled golden retrievers.

In collaboration with our passionate supporter, Linda Sarangoulis, along with her dog Apollo, the Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading was given the opportunity to become a participating veterinary practice. As a participating veterinary hospital, the hospital will play a significant role in assisting the Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study to identify major nutritional, genetic and environmental risk factors for cancer and other important diseases in dogs.

Since 1950, The Morris Foundation has invested over $44 million in more than 970 canine health studies. They have contributed to early research that contributed to the parvovirus vaccine and development of Continue reading “Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading selected for comprehensive canine health study”

With Your Support We Continue to Grow 

Inaugural Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Spike’s Woods: Canine Enrichment Center
Last week Humane Pennsylvania hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly developed Spike’s Woods: Canine Enrichment Center.
As a result of a successful Fund a Need campaign during our 2017 Art for Arf’s Sake Auction and in collaboration with Purina, we welcomed community members and local leaders to this celebratory occasion.
Spike’s Woods, located on the Humane Pennsylvania campus at 1729 N. 11th Street in Reading, will serve as a socialization and training space for the dogs in the care of the Humane Society of Berks County animal shelter as well as an overall great way for the animals to run about. The new space has undergone a significant beautification process which included the planting of over a dozen new flowering shade trees, the creation of individual training yards, and the installation of seating as well as sun and rain shelters for staff and volunteers.

Continue reading “With Your Support We Continue to Grow “

Agency announces Free Cat Adoption Day at the Humane Society of Berks County

Agency announces Free Cat Adoption Day at the Humane Society of Berks County

We are thrilled to announce that in support of our mission to empower people in our communities to increase their capacity to care for animals so that all animals are healthy, safe and treated humanely – we will be offering a free Cat Adoption Day at The Humane Society of Berks County this Saturday, June 9, 2018.

For years, animal shelters have built cat adoption and holding rooms that were neither happy nor healthy for cats or a pleasant experience for adopters. Cold stainless steel, clinical plastic, poor ventilation and lighting and drab beige walls have been the standard for cat rooms because animal shelters thought they were the only affordable and sanitary way to create them. The result: stressed out cats, uncomfortable adopters and the continuation of the image of animal shelters being sad, unpleasant places.

The Humane Society of Berks County is committed to change that image and to show that it is possible to make an animal shelter safe and healthy for animals, as well as warm and inviting for adopters – all for the same cost as those dreary old facilities. Our Cat Adoption Center provides roomy, well-lit individual Continue reading “Agency announces Free Cat Adoption Day at the Humane Society of Berks County”