Regionally Renowned Artist to Exhibit at The Humane Society of Berks County’s Furry Friday

Regionally Renowned Artist to Exhibit at The Humane Society of Berks County’s Furry Friday

Reading — Suzanne Fellows is known for her impassioned works as a painter and print-maker with a
studio at GoggleWorks. She also teaches art, at GoggleWorks and at RACC.

Suzanne shares that, “Working on this portrait exhibit at the Humane Society of Berks County, has been a great opportunity for me. I work primarily with acrylic paints and I usually have several series I’m working on at any given time. Occasionally someone asks me to make a painting of a dog or cat, which is so fun! I love when I get the chance to paint pet portraits. They bring so much love and laughter into our lives with their big smiles and silly antics.”

Suzanne has been actively teaching at colleges, galleries, and art centers for eighteen years. She received her BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University and an MFA in Fine Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a resident artist of GoggleWorks, the biggest arts center of its kind in the nation, Continue reading “Regionally Renowned Artist to Exhibit at The Humane Society of Berks County’s Furry Friday”

Humane PA: Mewow! Look at us Grow

Humane PA: Mewow! Look at us Grow
We are happy to welcome Dr. Jackie Connolly to the pack at our Humane Veterinary Hospital in Lancaster! She graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, with a Certificate in Shelter Medicine. While obtaining her veterinary degree, she volunteered at multiple shelters and participated in Operation Catnip (Trap-Neuter-Return program).
She worked at a small animal private practice in Florida for the past two years and has recently become Fear Free Certified. Her special interests include dentistry, spay/neuter surgeries, hospice care, prevention, and stress-free veterinary visits.
In her free time, Dr. Connolly enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her five cats and her Labrador mix, Pudge.
Dr. Connolly is taking appointments and is looking forward to building lasting relationships with pet owners in our community. Contact us to book your pet care appointment today.

Spiffing up Ruiz-Murphy Dog Park

Spiffing up Ruiz-Murphy Dog Park
The Humane Society of Berks County maintains the Ruiz-Murphy Dog Park as a free community dog park for residents of Berks County and we rely on volunteers and staff to keep the area beautiful for the public and their furry friends.
Please join us in thanking our volunteer friends at Wells Fargo who took time out of their day to help us tidy up, weed, and mulch on two separate days in April and May.
We also would like to thank Motta’s Country Gardens and Landscaping who generously donated mulch for use throughout the park.
You guys are paw-some!
The Ruiz-Murphy Dog Park, located at 503 S. Center Road in Birdsboro, is free to the public and open seven days a week during daylight hours.

Humane PA news: Paving the way for pets

Paving the way for pets
During repairs, clients and visitors to The Humane Society of Berks County and The Schumo Center for Animal Wellness,are encouraged to park in front of the facilities on 11th Street.
Since there is limited parking due to repairs to our lot, visitors can also park on Bern Street as spaces are available. There is on-street parking along N. 12th street, as well.
During parking lot renovations, the vet hospital will remain open during regular business hours and all appointment times will be honored. Contact us if you have any questions, and thank you in advance for your flexibility.
A Trusted Advocate for the Paws
We are excited to announce Brandea Taylor has been promoted to our new Animal Care Coordinator. Brandea graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Her love for animals started early on in life. In high school, she began volunteering at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI. After working with many different types of domesticated and wild animals in several varied setting, Brandea says that her heart is drawn to animal welfare.
Brandea shares her home in Reading with her five adopted fur-babies: A Doberman Pinscher named Ava Mae, American Staffordshire Terrier named Anastasia, and her 3 cats: Tequila, Harry Pawter and Scarllet.
She served as an Adoption Technician with The Humane Society of Berks County for two years before accepting the position of Animal Care Coordinator. Brandea has shared and applied her broad knowledge to our animals here at the shelter and is looking forward to making an even greater impact on the community through her new role.

Humane PA alumni find forever loving homes

Humane PA alumni find forever loving homes

Humane Pennsylvania saves thousands of animals’ lives each year. Your kindness and generosity enable our partner organizations to provide emergency veterinary care, respond to emergencies, and unite innocent victims of abuse and natural disasters with forever homes.

Stories like these have happy endings because of you!

8 month old Yukon was brought into The Humane Society of Berks County as a stray. His condition was so bad we weren’t sure if we could help him. His eyes would have to be removed so that he would have an excellent chance of fighting off the infection and surviving. Due to the serious nature of his surgery performed at our veterinary hospital, Yukon required extensive recovery time in foster care before he became available for adoption. Yukon’s caring foster family bonded quickly with him, and Yukon adapted so well to his new surroundings, that he was adopted by his foster family.

Pepe was transferred to us from the Humane Society of the United States following the devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria. When Pepe was brought into our shelter it was discovered that he was anemic and suffered from Ehrlicia, an extreme tick disease along with other health issues. He was undernourished and lethargic, weighing in at only 8 pounds. Following two months of fluids, antibiotics, steroids, and continually monitoring his blood work, Pepe weighed in at a very healthy 20 pounds and was cleared for adoption. It was hard to believe he was the same dog! The staff was able to greatly improve Pepe’s health and get him adopted to a loving family, who has continued Pepe’s treatments.

Your generosity makes a difference to our alumni! You gave Yukon and Pepe a second chance at life, and they’ve both been adopted by caring families.

Please consider partnering with us to save animals’ lives in Berks and Lancaster Counties and beyond. They need your help. Click here to help.

It was Love at First Wiggle

“We looked at getting a puppy, but we have the means and wanted to give a shelter dog a good country home.” – Bill, Mercedes’s new human

It was Love at First Wiggle

We are beyond excited to share that Mercedes, a playful pit with unique allergies, has been adopted! Mercedes came to the Humane Society of Berks County in November 2017. She was suffering from an unidentified skin irritant that left her with scores, scabs, and extremely itchy fur.
Our veterinary and shelter teams worked tirelessly to evaluate, test and properly diagnose Mercedes allergies. Through their expertise, diligence and care, Mercedes was properly diagnosed and began treating her for her allergies.
It is through the state-of-the-art veterinarian care at the Humane Veterinary Hospital in Berks, that we were able to provide this extraordinary pup with the opportunity to live a healthy, happy life.
We could all use more people like Bill in this world. Be like Bill, adopt a shelter pet.

How to make your pack this cool

How to make your pack this cool
In the month of April, Lancaster Grocery Outletat 1951 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA, is teaming up with the Humane League of Lancaster County to raise awareness for the animals we serve.
Pick up your wristband at the grocery store for a minimum $5 donation to show your support for the Humane League of Lancaster County.
100% of the donation will go to benefit our programs. Show your wristband on your NEXT visit and every time you shop at the Lancaster Grocery Outlet during the month of April 2018 and you will receive 10% off your entire order.
Share photos rocking your cool new wrist wear on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #supportHLLC

Cheers to our volunteers

We are celebrating #NationalVolunteerAppreciationWeek by highlighting some of our awesome volunteers! Their passion, attention and energy are unmatched.

We greatly appreciate all of their help in caring for the animals we serve at the Humane League of Lancaster County and the Humane Society of Berks County.

Thank YOU for being awesome.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Humane Society’s new Spike’s Woods

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Humane Society’s new Spike’s Woods

Humane Pennsylvania is excited to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly developed Spike’s Woods: Dog Exercise and Socialization Yard from 10 a.m. to noon May 24. 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 welcome community members to attend this celebratory occasion alongside state and local leaders.

Spike’s Woods 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.

Welcoming remarks will be shared by Karel Minor, president and CEO of Humane Pennsylvania, with the official ribbon cutting by Joan Baldino. Joan is a longtime volunteer and supporter of Humane Continue reading “Ribbon cutting ceremony for Humane Society’s new Spike’s Woods”

Humane PA: More to Love – Our Think Spring free adoption day was a great success

Humane PA: More to Love – Our Think Spring free adoption day was a great success

Thirteen animals found their furever homes during the Think Spring Free Adoption Day at the Humane Society of Berks County. We were excited to see Lu, one of our longer-resident dogs be adopted, he had been in the shelter since the end of January.

A huge thank you to Dr. Donna Yarri, Professor of Theology at Alvernia University, as it was through her passion as an advocate for the animals that we were able to provide this free adoption event.

Didn’t get a chance to make it to the adoption event? We have animals at both shelters that are excited to meet you. Learn more about our adoptable friends and add a furry member to your family.