Animal Rescue League in immediate need of foster families
The Berks County Animal Rescue League has an immediate need for foster families to help with the growing number of animals that have arrived at the shelter over the past season.
The ARL calls on foster families to provide a temporary home for displaced animals. A family setting – as opposed to a cage – helps these animals feel relaxed, secure, and loved during their shelter experience. Currently, the ARL has 188 kittens, 21 cats, 18 dogs and 15 puppies in foster care. However, 258 animals at the shelter are still waiting for a home.
“Foster care is ARL’s most important program as it helps us expand our capacity beyond our walls to continue helping animals,” said Alexis Pagoulatos, ARL CEO . “Thanks to our foster families, we are also able to provide individualized care and love to the population of animals who need it most. These volunteers really make our life-saving work possible.
To be a foster family, volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and be available to bring the animal to their scheduled vaccinations and medical appointments at the shelter. ARL provides training, supplies, and medical care, so foster families need only provide a safe, clean, and caring environment for as long as they are available to help.
“There is a need to find homes for all types of animals, so that we can free up space in the shelter to continue helping incoming animals,” said Paige Seitz, ARL Home Supervisor. “Bottle-fed baby kittens particularly benefit from foster homes, as these kittens cannot be kept at the shelter due to their susceptibility to disease and their need for more convenient care. A foster home gives them the security and comfort they need to grow and become lifelong companions.
For more information or to register for the program, host families can visit www.berksarl.org/foster or call the shelter at 610-373-8830 ext. 320.