Monthly Archives: June 2013

Microchip your Pet in Berks County!

It’s important to get your pet microchipped; but it’s just as important to make sure that microchip contains the correct information in order for your four-legged friend to get home. That’s why the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are teaming up to encourage pet owners to update their pet’s microchip information on National Check the Chip Day, Aug. 15. Almost 9.6 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners can’t be found, according to the American Humane Association. While tags and collars are important, microchipping is a valuable method because the microchip won’t wear out, tear, slip off or become lost. How does a microchip work? The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is injected by a veterinarian or veterinary technician just beneath your pet’s skin in the area between the shoulder blades. This is usually done without anesthesia, and the experience can be compared to getting a vaccination. Each microchip has a unique registration number that is entered into a database or registry, and is associated with your name and contact information. If your lost dog or cat is found by an animal hospital, shelter or humane society, they will use a microchip scanner to read the number and contact the registry to get your information. Make sure you can be found, too While it may be comforting to know the microchip won’t get lost or damaged, and that it will probably last the pet’s lifetime, the microchip is useless if you’re not updating your contact information with the registry. If your pet has been microchipped, keep the documentation paperwork so you can find the contact information for the registry. If you don’t have the documentation paperwork, contact the veterinarian or shelter where the chip was implanted. Keep in mind there are more than a dozen companies that maintain databases of chip ID numbers in the U.S. By using AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup at, you can locate the registry for your chip by entering the microchip ID number. If you don’t have your pet’s microchip ID number, have a veterinarian scan it and give it to you. Only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back to their owners. Prevent the heartache and ensure your pet has an up-to-date microchip

Sell On Ebay For the Hillside SPCA

Sell on EBay and help them 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 For additional information, go to:

Veterinary Medicine for Pet Owners

Bernville Veterinary Clinic continues its “Veterinary Medicine for Pet Owners” series with a seminar on Dermatology scheduled for Monday evening, July 1, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Topics include allergic skin disease, ringworm and those creepy crawly things — fleas, ticks and mites.

Dr. Lee Pickett will present the seminar at the Bernville Veterinary Clinic, Pet Spa & Resort, 7135 Bernville Road (Route 183), Bernville. The workshop is free and open to all, but space is limited, so please RSVP by calling 610-488-0166 or emailing

Berks ARL Horse For Adoption

Hi, my name is Monkey!! I’m a very handsome and sweet 15-year-old Morgan mix gelding. I am looking for my forever home with someone who will enjoy my affectionate nature. I am coming from a stressful situation and have just lost my best horse friend. I like other horses but can be stubborn at times. 4 years ago, I had a rear leg injury that limits me to trail riding or just being a pasture pet. I do well with ground work and the farrier. I have not been worked for 2 years so I need a little refresher course. I am a quick learner and I know all my basic commands. Please consider adopting me to be your best friend. Contact Alison at 610-373-8830 ext. 105. Monkey the horse


PEDALING4PAWS TO VISIT THE ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BERKS COUNTY Reading, PA — June 13, 2013 — For the fourth consecutive year, Pedaling4Paws has included the Animal Rescue League in their fundraising efforts. This 5-day, 500-mile charity bike ride begins in West Chester, PA on June 18 and visits selected animal rescue groups before reaching their endpoint of Ogdensburg, NY near the Canadian border on June 22. Pedaling4Paws’ first stop after leaving West Chester on June 18 is the ARL; they are expected to arrive around 11:00am. Your coverage of this exciting event would be greatly appreciated to further their cause and give awareness to the public. For more information about Pedaling4Paws, please visit The Animal Rescue League of Berks County is the only open admission shelter in Berks County, Pennsylvania, accepting more than 10,000 animals annually. The shelter runs at maximum capacity throughout the year, providing adoption programs, spay/neuter clinics, community outreach, education, animal welfare investigation, and more. The ARL’s mission is to impact all aspects of humane treatment of animals through quality service, accommodation and education of pet owners and the community. “Where no animal is left behind, even the ones other shelters turn away.” 58 Kennel Road Birdsboro, PA 19508 610-373-8830


JUNE 11th IS BRING YOUR DOG TO THE BALLPARK NIGHT! Bernville Veterinary Clinic, Pet Spa & Resort is a sponsor! The Reading Fightin Phils are holding two “Bark in the Park” events at the ballpark during the 2013 season on 6/11 and 8/27.On these days dogs will be permitted throughout the ballpark. If you are interested in bringing a dog to the ballpark, you will need to purchase your dog a $5.00 DOG ticket. If you were unaware of this event and do not want to attend a “Bark in the Park” game please contact the ticket office at 610-370-BALL and we will assist you in exchanging your tickets for another game. Staff will be on hand to make sure that only friendly dogs are permitted to attend. Measures will be taken to ensure that the ballpark remains clean and that all fans in attendance have a great time whether or not they are participating in “Bark in the Park”. Bark in the Park Guidelines for Dog Owners * All Dogs are required to have a $5.00 DOG ticket to enter the ballpark * All Dogs must remain on a leash at all times * No retractable leashes please – If you do have a retractable leash, please keep it locked in a short position * Limit one dog per adult guest * There will be designated areas for dogs to relieve themselves. Bags and trash cans will be available there to pick up any mess. * There will be water available throughout the ballpark. Please make sure your dog stays properly hydrated while attending the game * Aggressive dogs will not be tolerated. You will be asked to vacate the ballpark if unable to control your animal. How To Purchase Dog Tickets All dogs entering the ballpark must have a $5.00 DOG ticket purchased for them for a reserved seat or general admission. Select the seats that you would like and include the number of dogs attending into your total count. After the tickets have been added to your basket, click on the Apply Discount button and change the appropriate number of tickets which are to be used by the dog(s) to the $5.00 DOG price. All other tickets should remain at the Regular Price. Once the appropriate pricing has been selected continue to Check Out. For more information, go to:

The Berks ARL Annual Open House and Adopt-a-thon!

Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16 9:00am - 9:00pm each day This event is an annual tradition at the ARL! They will be open for 12 hours both days with lots of great adoptable pets, auctions, raffles, food and baked goods for sale, and other fun family activities. The Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile will be there on Saturday, June 15 from noon until 3:00pm for blood donations. Please call Kim at 484-269-8630 to make an appointment. For more information, go to