Monthly Archives: April 2013

Grey Muzzle Foster Program Seminar

Saturday, April 27 – Grey Muzzle Foster Program Seminar 1:00pm at the shelter Did you ever consider fostering a dog or cat?? Well now is your chance to become informed. Please attend our fostering seminar given by Marcy Tocker, Foster Coordinator at the Animal Rescue League, and Vicky Hoffman who has fostered dogs for shelters and various dog rescues over the past 14 years. You will learn how easy it is to become a “foster parent.”  

Humane Society of Berks County: Art for Arf’s Sake Art Auction

Take your protein pills and put your helmet on, then join the Humane Society of Berks County on Saturday, May 4th at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading as they reach for the stars at the 2013 Art for Arf’s Sake Art Auction. They’re celebrating all things futurist as they auction off the best submissions from regional and nationally known artists as well as a few surprises. All proceeds benefit the animals and programs of the Humane Society of Berks County, recognized as the leader in animal welfare from Giedi Prime to Alpha Centauri. For more information, go to:

Save the Dates!

Our new FREE Pet Workshops Series topics. Details to follow: 5/6/13 Dog Training 6/3/13 Keeping our Pets Healthy 7/1/13 Pet Dermatology 8/5/13 Saving Money at the Vet All sessions take place at Bernville Veterinary Clinic, Pet Spa & Resort, 7135 Bernville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM These workshops are FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP to or 610-488-0166.

Sell on EBay and help The Hillside SPCA raise money!

Now, if you are an eBay seller, you can help the Hillside SPCA earn money by donating a portion of your sales to the shelter! You can choose to donate when you list something through your own account. When you make an auction listing, one of the steps in setting up your listing asks you to choose whether you want to donate to a charity or not, if you opt to donate it then allows you to choose from ebay’s listing of registered charities. You can choose to donate a percentage of the auction’s proceeds, from 10% to 100% to the charity chosen. You can also donate directly without buying or selling anything, right from Hillside’s page on the Ebay site Just visit:

The Most Common Tick in Berks County: The American Dog Tick

Hosts : The immature stages are frequently found on small rodents such as meadow mice. The adults are frequently found on dogs (hence the name) and can be recognized by the distinctive white markings on their back. The American dog tick may become greatly engorged, achieving the size of a grape. In addition to man, the other hosts are cat, cattle, donkey, hog, horse, mule, sheep, coyote, deer, fox, wolf, wildcat, badger, opossum, rabbit raccoon, rat, skunk, squirrel, weasel and ground hog. Diseases : American dog ticks are the major carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which is less common than Lyme disease, but a potentially more serious illness. This tick has also been known to transmit tularemia, and to cause tick paralysis.

Berks ARL Dog Walkers’ Orientation Class Announcement

Saturday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 30 – Dog Walkers’ Orientation Class ARL’s Education Room 11:00am on April 13; 6:30pm on April 30 Effective January 1, the ARL has upgraded their volunteer dog walking policy. They are now using a color coding system. All volunteer dog walkers will be able to walk the dogs labeled “green.” In order to walk the dogs labeled “purple,” you will need to attend one of our volunteer orientation classes. Once completed, then you will be allowed to walk both “green” and “purple” coded dogs. All attendees must be over 16 years of age. Please email Kristi at to register for one of them. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Berks ARL, go to: