Ethan Grim asked for donations
to the ARL for his 6th birthday. Way to
go, the animals thank you!
7-year-old Lily asked for
donations to the ARL instead of birthday gifts!
Jackson Fair donated the
money he raised at a lemonade stand ($50)! Thanks
Elizabeth Walters and Chrissy
Shoman made brownies and had a bake sale benefitting
the ARL. Many thanks, girls!
Sean Somers collected pet
items at his birthday party to donate to the animals
at the ARL. Thanks Sean!!
Samantha, Taylor, and
Rebecca made items out of duct tape and sold them to
raise money to buy donations. Very creative, thank
Hannah Phillips and Julia
Stricker, 5th graders at Schuylkill Valley, came up
with an innovative way to help the animals: hold a
walk-a-thon! They brought in over $500 plus
donations of items for the animals. In their words,
"We have spoiled pets of our own and we want to help
others!" Thanks so much, girls, and to everyone who
Many thanks to Molly
Kauffman for requesting donations to the ARL for her
Meet Macie!! Her
parents collected donations for Macie's first
birthday party because their daughter doesn't want
for anything and they thought it would be better to
donate to the shelter. They are BIG animal lovers!
In addition to these donations, they also donated
monetary gifts from party goers. Thank you so much
for your generosity!
Many thanks to Girl Scout
Troop 1944 from Wyomissing for collecting donations
for the animals!
Dana Shultz saved $153 of her
allowance to buy items for the animals. Wow, thank
you so much!!!
Girl scout troop #129, led
by Lisa Bonslaver, made homemade dog treats and dog
toys from felt scraps and donated them along with
other items to the shelter. Thank you, ladies!
Kira had a birthday party and raised $100 for the
Thank you to Paige for having
her 11th birthday party guests bring donations for
the animals at the ARL!
Three cheers to 10-year-old
Katie Fies from Girl Scout Troop 1677 who asked for
donations for the ARL for her birthday party!
Many thanks to St. Johns
Lutheran Church Youth Group (ages 1-16) who sold
candy at their Christmas bazaar and gave the
proceeds to the ARL!
Ashlyn wrote this little note:
“Dear Friends of the animal
shelter: I am writing to you to tell you that for my
birthday party I told my friends to bring stuff to
donate to the animal shelter and I hope you enjoy
everything." Thank so much!
Madison and Joshua from Girl
Scouts Brownie Troop #1706 brought in donations for
the animals - thank you!
This is Devin Pentz. He crushed cans and
recycled them to raise money to buy items for the
animals! Thanks Devin!
Michaela had a birthday party and instead of
asking for presents, her guests brought donations
for the animals. Thank you so much!
Every Thursday and Friday, a
group from New Story in Wyomissing comes to the
shelter to spend time with the animals. Pictured
here with Amos the dog are James, Sarena and Joshua. Thank
you so much for choosing the ARL and for caring
about the animals!
We just can't get over the
awesome kids in our community! Fifth-graders Macy,
Anna, Jura and Emily (not shown) held a donation
drive at their school, Mount Penn Elementary. They
had the principal make an announcement to the whole
school (!!!) and collected a van-ful of donations
for the animals at the ARL. You gals are tremendous!
Sienna and her girl scout troop
visited the ARL last year and she liked what she
saw! Sienna was inspired to make sachets from the
lavender in her garden and sell them for the ARL. In
addition, she requested donations instead of
presents at her birthday party. On February 21,
Sienna and her little sister presented a check for
$532 to Ashley Mikulsky, the ARL's Director of
Administration and Development! Wow, that's a lot
of sachets! Way to go, Sienna, and thank you
to her parents for helping her.
This is a 8-year-old Gianna who
had a birthday party and asked her guests to bring
donations for the animals instead of gifts. She and
her family adopted their dog from the ARL. Many
Say "hi" to Anya who celebrated
her 8th birthday with a party for the animals! Her
guests brought a whole cartful of donations. Way to
For the past five years,
beginning when he was in kindergarten, 10-year-old
Braedon has requested that his friends donate to the
ARL instead of giving him birthday gifts. He and his
family brought the donations to the ARL on his
birthday. What a great thing to do, thanks Braedon!
Wow, Jackson and Gaige Gabriel
saved their money for a trip to Disney World but
instead decided to donate it to the ARL! They have
naming rights to the doors going into the dog
kennels. We're so lucky to have guys like you
helping us and the animals!
Three cheers for Payton Jones,
9 years old, who asked for dog and cat items for
Christmas for the ARL animals!
Lilly, age 5, and Paige, age 9,
had birthdays in late December and early January and
decided to ask for donations to the ARL instead of
gifts at their parties. Thank you girls, you are an
inspiration! While they were here, they had a
chance to meet Ruby, a recently adopted Pit Bull who
just loves children.
Many, many thanks to Becky
Holton and Karlie Brochu, co-presidents of the
Conrad Weiser Renaissance Club for holding a
donation drive for the ARL! The club hand-made
fleece blankets which are now being enjoyed by some
of the ARL's kitties. The club gives awards to kids
who get good grades. Way to go ladies!!
On the Martin Luther King Day
of Service, Cadet Troop 1537 of Wilson West Middle
School arrived at the ARL with tons of donations.
They also stayed for several hours to help out. This
is the fourth year that the troop has supported the
ARL. Many thanks!
Kayla had her 7th birthday
party and asked for donations to the ARL instead of
birthday gifts. She received checks! Way to go,
Kayla - the animals need more people like you!
Many thanks to Kirstie
Potteiger and Chad Croft who asked for donations to
the ARL instead of Christmas gifts! Wow! The animals
are better off because of people like you.
Destiny Wood saved money all
year with the intention of donating to a local
charity. She chose the ARL to give $120! Thank you,
Destiny, for being such a great example and
inspiration to others. The animals say
Thanks to 9-year-old Emma Mae
and 6-year-old Wesley for raising money by selling
crafts at their church's Christmas bazaar. They made
$100! $30 of that went to the ARL's Grey Muzzle
foster program and with the rest of the money, Emma
Mae and Wesley purchased dog food, kitty litter and
other items from the ARL's wish list. Their family
adopted one of the ARL's first Grey Muzzle dogs,
Honey, a Husky mix. Sadly, Honey passed away in
December at age 14. Thanks to a great family for
adopting and for helping the animals!
Matt and Melanie Simpson and
their children Peyton and Owen love Christmas to the
extreme, and they love animals that much too! Matt
turned their home into an Extreme Christmas Light
Show and welcomed visitors from Thanksgiving weekend
until December 31. During that time, with help
from friends and neighbors like Carolina and
Samantha, the family raised $1,063.94 as well as
other donations. Thank you so much! The ARL is very
grateful that you chose us and we hope you do it
again next year!
Rachel asked her friends to
bring donations for the ARL instead of birthday
presents to her party! You are an inspiration -
Many thanks to Jenny Myers,
Branch Manager at Reading Adecco Employment
Services, for organizing a donation drive for the ARL. Employees and clients of Adecco donated - thank
The students and faculty at
Conrad Weiser Elementary does a donation drive every
year for the ARL. Look at the van-ful of stuff!
Nice job - thank you!
Molly, age 9, asked that her
friends bring donations for the ARL instead of
birthday gifts. Last year, she set of goal of
raising $100 and she brought in $200! You are an
inspiration - thank you!
Girl Scout Daisy Troop 11166
from Twin Valley Elementary collected donations for
the animals and brought them in for the holidays.
Way to go!
Benji, Bethlene, and Owen
collected donations for the animals and staff at the
ARL throughout the year and brought them in for the
holidays. Thanks guys!
Jade Keffer collected donations for the animals
at the ARL for her birthday party. Here she is with
the dog food, cat food, treats and toys brought by
her friends. Way to go - thanks!!
Adam Woods loves Ruby, his
Newfoundland/Labrador mix that his family adopted
from the ARL, so much that he decided to donate the
entire contents of his piggy bank for the animals!
You are an inspiration, Adam. Thank you!
Many thanks to Barbara Stone,
Assistant Vice President, and the Appraisal
Department - Commercial Unit, Facilities Department
and Purchasing Department at National Penn Bank in
Boyertown for organizing a donation drive for the
ARL! we appreciate your efforts!
The ARL thanks Penske Truck Leasing of Green Hills
for holding a donation drive for the ARL! Pictured
with ARL Executive Director Harry Brown (right) are
Jim Fidler, Judy Fitzgerald and John Bomba. Not
pictured are Lori Hersberger and Jane Perrault.)
Wow, a van-ful of donations came from Baja Beach
Berks! They gave away free tanning in exchange for
donations to the ARL. Many thanks to Bert Dutt
(owner), Amy Johnson (District Manager) and Ron Eby
Kylie asked for donations for shelter animals for
her 6th birthday! Kylie and her mom are big-time ARL
supporters and attend all of our events!!
Many thanks to Corrine Snyder,
Jakob Snyder and Serafina France Tribe for baking
"cookies" for the dogs here at the shelter!
The ARL held the 9th Vera
Bradley Bingo, a bi-annual event, on Sunday October
21. Once again, it was a sellout crowd! The money
raised will go towards buying a new boiler for the
dog kennels. Thanks to Vicky, Sandy, Pat and
Christine for a job well done as usual!
The ARL held Pit Bull-a-Palooza
on Sunday, October 14 and it was great fun!
Attendance was terrific with lots of well-behaved
Pitties and proud people. Thanks to everyone who
attended and helped at the event!
Peighton asked her friends to
bring donations for the animals at the ARL instead
of birthday gifts. Way to go, and thanks Peighton!
Three cheers for Kylie and Bella for having their
guests bring donations to their birthday party for
the ARL! Thanks girls!
For their September community service project, the
employees of Parentebeard, an accounting and
consulting firm in Wyomissing, held a donation drive
for the ARL. In addition, someone had a very clever
idea: They offered a day for employees to wear jeans
for a $5 donation. Many employees opted for their
donations to go to the ARL! Many thanks to Kathy
Deteske, a former ARL board member, for coordinating
THE ARL CELEBRATED ITS 60TH BIRTHDAY!
Here are a few photos of the party on September 16:
Thank you to Delish for making the cakes!
Thank you to the vendors and people who donated
A gathering of Sheps!
Grey Muzzle Alumni with his new friends!
The presents are beginning to arrive!
Grey Muzzle, Duke on the left, with awesome foster
ARL wishes to thank Butch Ulrich, Breakaway Sports,
all of the sponsors and especially the
runners/walkers and their dogs for making this
year's Doggie Dash a huge success! Thanks everyone!
For her 6th birthday, all Kyla
wanted was for her guests to give donations to the
animals at the ARL. She got her wish! When she and
her family dropped off the donations, they fell in
love with pretty little Estelle. So they came back
and adopted her! The staff and animals of the
ARL thank you so much!
Way to go, Bella! For her 11th
birthday party, her 25 guests brought donations for
the ARL instead of gifts. We thank you so much!
Thanks to Ethan and Sophie for
raising $7 at their lemonade stand! Sorry, the
pictures didn't turn out - but we thank you so much!
Three cheers for Corinne and
Chloe for raising $35 for the ARL with their
lemonade stand! Thanks girls!
Last year, Elvis Azar adopted
Bones the bulldog from the ARL. Bones had an eye
condition that required surgery. Elvis' friends at
Mike and Joe's Barbershop helped raise the money for
Bones surgery. Because Elvis was so grateful, he
decided to hold a fundraiser to give back to the ARL.
He held a softball game fundraiser and raised $1007
for the ARL. Eric Rodriquez and Joel Ramos from Mike
and Joe's Barbershop helped to make the event such a
success. The ARL thanks all of you who participated!
Kids make us proud!
Six-year-old Grace just brought in donations to the
ARL from her birthday party. Instead of gifts, she
asked her friends to donate for the animals. We are
seeing a growing trend of caring children and we
love you for it!
The second annual Yappy Hour on
Penn was held on July 25 and was once a gain a huge
hit! Thanks to the many businesses who helped
to organize and participate in the event.
Here's a picture of Miley, the
three-legged kitten we adopted from the ARL several
weeks ago, with her best friend Chester (the orange
tabby). She is doing great!
For the second year in a
row, 6-year-old Mason has requested donations
instead of birthday presents. About 10 children came
to his party and brought all of this for the
animals! Thanks Mason, and his mom and dad,
Linda Spangenburg and the Skyline Drive Corvette
Club came through for the ARL once again this year.
Many thanks for having Vettes Cruisin' for Pets to
benefit the ARL.
Way to go, Gabby Walleigh! For her fourteenth
birthday, she asked her party guests to bring
donations for the ARL instead of birthday gifts.
Great job, Gabby! Our animals all thank you!
The ARL is so proud
of Annaliese Horvath! For her fifth birthday, Annaliese and her mother Kate threw a “Save the
Animals” party. Guests donated items from the
shelter’s wish list, as well as making donations to
a dolphin and whale conservation group. Thank you
for being such a great friend to the animals,
The ARL's first Golf Outing for the Animals on
June 29 was a huge success, raising $16,000!
Everyone braved the hot temperatures and had a great
time. The event was organized by Ashley Mikulsky,
the ARL's Director of Development, pictured here
with board member Rick Hoffman and adoptable Boston.
The ARL thanks Ashley for her over-the-top efforts,
and everyone who volunteered, sponsored and
If you played in the tournament, we did our best to
take photos of all of the foursome. Below are the
photos - find yours! Sorry if we missed anyone!
Hats off to Sienna Momtalvo for requesting
donations to the ARL instead of presents for her
11th birthday. You are a wonderful example, Sienna.
Thank you from the animals!
The ARL received donations of cats hammocks and
the kitties want to say "thank you - we love them!".
Once again, the ARL extends our thanks for Linda
Spangenburg and the Skyline Drive Corvette Club for
the annual Vettes Cruisin' for Pets on June 24. It
was a bigger and better event this year with all
proceeds going to the ARL. Thank you everyone!
Lots of amazing Vettes!!
First-class raffle items!
Best in Show!
It's nap time - I really tried to get adopted!
At the ARL's Adopt-a-thon on June 16, Tim Smith
and a group of friends delivered donations that they
had collected from friends and neighbors. It was two
carloads - enough to fill half a room! Many thanks
to Tim, his friends, his dad, and Boy Scout Troop
377 Pennside and Stoney Creek Mills.
Many thanks to the group from Pedaling 4 Paws for
making the ARL their first stop on a very worthy
Emily celebrated her 8th birthday by inviting her
friends to a party and had them bring donations for
the animals at the ARL. You are an inspiration,
Emily, and we thank you!
Kayla Maletto and Angela Rapp raised $76 for the
ARL by selling lemonade at a community yard sale.
Way to go girls!! Thank you for your efforts
and the donation.
Thank you to the Berks County Kennel Club for the
Many thanks to the folks at Keller Williams
Realty Elite for spending the day at the ARL and
helping with so many needed projects!! One
lucky dog, Libby, also found a new home with one of
these volunteers. Now that's what we like to hear.
The ARL is so proud of Lauren Post and Jordan
Lasky for asking for donations to the ARL instead of
getting birthday presents. The collected $255 plus
food and other donations. Thank you so much!
For her 11th birthday party, Jordan Groves
requested that her 14 friends bring donations for
the animals at the ARL instead of presents for her.
Way to go Jordan!!
Many thanks to Douglassville Brownie Troup 11158
for collecting donations for the animals!
Having a great time at this year's Reading Pet
The ARL announced a new cat adoption program in
March, any cat over 5 years can be adopted for a
donation to any person 60 years of age or "better"!
This is our first adopter, with Pumpkin! Thank
you for choosing to adopt an older pet!
We here at the ARL are always amazed to learn
that a child has decided to that instead of birthday
gifts, he or she requests that guests to their
parties bring donations for the animals at the ARL.
That just what Braedon DeGeorge of Fleetwood did
recently. He told his teacher and the school held a
drive for the animals. When asked why he decided to
do this, Braedon replied, "There are so many
homeless animals there that I wanted to give back."
Thank you for being an inspiration, Braedon!
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday brought many
helpers to the ARL! We were lucky to have a group of
student volunteers from Alvernia College who took on
the huge task of organizing our pet food storage
shed. They stacked the bags from back to front with
the food about to expire in the front. The ARL is
very grateful for their hard work!
And we also were so happy to have Girl Scout
Troop 1537 of Northeastern, PA spend the afternoon
with us! They brought in donations and made dog toys
and food containers for the cats. Thanks to Gail
Hauserman and her girls for your hard work!
early October, donations have been coming into the
ARL to honor the memory of Mary Lee Rowe who passed
away in September. We surmised that she must have
really loved animals. On December 12, we discovered
that it runs in the family. Mary Lee's daughter,
Amelia Barto, and Amelia's daughter and
daughter-in-law, pulled up to the ARL with a horse
trailer loaded with donations. Instead of a large
funeral for Mary Lee, Amelia threw her a big party
which is just what she wanted. Invitations went out
to over 100 people with the suggestion that they
bring donations for the ARL. Being mostly animal
lovers, the attendees donated over $500 in cash plus
enough donations to fill the horse trailer!
When asked why did they chose the ARL, Amelia simply
said, " You're the best!" The ARL is so very
grateful to Amelia and her friends for being so
is constantly amazed at the generosity of children!
Five-year-old Tanner Aston went door-to-door in his
neighborhood and collected donations for the
homeless animals at the ARL. Five years old!!
McBrairty, Briana McBrairity and Danielle Wonder of
Exeter Township decided to do a fundraiser in honor
of their dogs who had passed away. They went around
their neighborhood and performed songs and dances
and collected $105 plus other donations!
all AMAZING!! Thanks from the staff and
animals at the ARL.
It's not only the kids who are having parties and
asking attendees to bring donations for the ARL! For
Halloween this year, Janeen Grell held a party with
about 40 people and asked that her guests bring
donations of dog and cat food (wet and dry),
cleaning supplies, paper products, and kitty litter.
The donations filled three bins in the ARL's lobby!
Thanks much, Janeen!
Every now and again, the ARL receives
donations from children who have opted for donations
to the ARL instead of getting birthday presents.
Recently, Naishalie McPeak did just this. For her
11th birthday party, she asked that attendees to her
party bring donations of dog and cat food instead of
presents. Thanks Naishalie!! You are an inspiration!
Kids like 9-year-old Jessica Troop are true
role models! She wanted to help the animals at the ARL so she organized a yard sale and asked people to
bring donations of dog food and other items to help
the animals. She set a goal to raise $100.00. She
sold her own things and was given other items to
sell. She raised almost $300.00! She then went
to the ARL's web site and found our wish list. She
took the money that she raised and went shopping to
get what the shelter needed. Between the items she
purchased and the items that were donated, she
easily filled the ARL's donation bin. It took her,
her sister and their friend at least four trips from
the car to bring everything in.
This story was submitted by Jessica's aunt,
Jeanette Penrose, who is so proud of her niece.
Below is a photo of the flyer that Jessica made for
the yard sale.
The ARL is proud of Jessica, too, and so
grateful that Jeanette told us about her special
The 4th Annual Carnival for the Animals was
held at the ARL on September 25. Thanks to everyone
who came out for a fun day!
ASSOCIATED WHOLESALERS INC. HOLDS
FUNDRAISER FOR PAGERLY AND ARL
Berks County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly loved animals, and was a
generous supporter of the Animal Rescue League of
Berks County. He and his wife Alecia adopted their
dog, Bentley, from the ARL. After Deputy Pagerly was
killed in the line of duty on June 29, Terri Hasker
and Deb Guy, employees of Associated Wholesalers (AWI)
decided to hold a donation drive in honor of Deputy
Pagerly for the ARL – because they knew of his
caring for the animals. Several of Alecia Pagerly’s
family members work for AWI.
Ms. Hasker and Ms. Guy distributed the ARL’s wish list of needed items
from the ARL’s web site and in just one week, they
received donations of over 600 pounds of pet food,
pet toys, paper goods, cleaning supplies and
monetary donations of $561, as well as $200 worth of
Purina coupons that the ARL can use. The Animal
Rescue League depends on these kinds of donations
and is grateful to everyone at AWI for their help
and support, and for caring about the animals.
AWI is a grocery wholesaler with 500 member stores throughout the
Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Thanks from the staff and animals of the ARL!
The 2011 Dog Days Gala was held on July 22 at the
Sovereign Performing Arts Center. Thanks to everyone
who make it a special and successful evening. Here
are a few photos, courtesy of Kopicki Photography:
The ARL's Grey Muzzle foster
program received its largest donation EVER last
week. Much thanks and paws up to
Kyra Hoerr (shown here with Marcy Tocker,
Grey Muzzle Coordinator) and
Dorothy Lehman Hoerr for raising $650.00
for the senior dogs! Just in time because we have
some medical bills coming up!! How could we ever
thank such generous people?!
"My Dad (ARL board president Barrie Pease) took me
to the Reading Express game and I got into this
Low cal snacks and some more Zumba and I’ll be in
swimsuit shape by summer."
Join the ARL and Crime Alert Berks to stop animal
abuse. Below are several of the posters that
have been placed around the county. Feel free
to copy them and place them in your area: