Monthly Archives: July 2013

Our New Referral Program!

We have many clients who refer friends and family to the Hospital for their pet’s veterinary care. As a way of saying thank you we have set up a new referral program. The program works like this: every time you refer a new client, the new client gets a free exam and $20 towards medical services and you get $20 in credits towards future medical services! Thank you in advance for your help and support and for trusting us with your pets’ healthcare! Bernville Ref Card Back

Berks County Parks

Berks County has a beautiful park system. They have 11 parks for you to visit and enjoy, including Gring’s Mill Recreation Area, the Union Canal Walking & Bicycle Trail, Kaercher Creek Park, Antietam Lake and the Berks County Heritage Center. (Antietam Lake is the only one that allows pets). Whether you enjoy summer concerts in the park, festivals or historical programs, they have something for everyone of all ages! Park Hours 8:00 AM to Dusk For details, go to:

Save the Dates for the Reading Fair: Aug 4th-10th!

This year is the 159th Annual Reading Fair. We hope to see you there! For detailed information and special discounts, go to: Only $10 admission per person includes all activties for the day! Days & Times: Sunday: 1 PM to 8 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 4 PM to 10 PM – Wednesday & Saturday: 1 PM to 10 PM Reading Fair
Directions: – The Reading Fairgrounds is located off of Route 183, at County Welfare & Hilltop Roads in Bern Township, Berks County, PA. From 222 follow 183 North to the traffic light at CVS/pharmacy, turn left and follow the BIG YELLOW SIGNS TO THE 2013 Reading Fair.

Save the Date for our Next Free Pet Workshop: August 5th

Bernville Veterinary Clinic continues its “Veterinary Medicine for Pet Owners” series with a seminar on Saving Money at the Vet, scheduled for Monday evening, August 5, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The seminar will summarize how a veterinarian works up a case and teach the pet owner how to help make the work-up and treatment cost-effective. 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

Neutering Your Pet in Berks County

Most male dogs and cats are ready and willing to reproduce by the time they are six to 12 months of age. There are able to breed consistently throughout the year or whenever they are exposed to a receptive female. Both male dogs and cats are prone to wander in search of romance and find themselves exposed to fighting with another animals or dangers such as cars. In addition, male cats are well-known to mark their territories by spraying ordorous urine on furniture, walls, shrubs, etc. Male dogs are sometimes equally anxious to mark their territories. Surgical neutering of male dogs and cats, called orchiectomy, eliminated any reproductive behavior and reduces urine odor and the desire to spray. Your male dog or cat will continue to have his own unique personality. He will be less likely to roam and enjoy staying at home more. The surgery removes the testicles. If you have specific questions, please give us a call!

Bernville’s Koziar’s Christmas Village

The Christmas Village property was originally known as Spring Lake Dairy Farm, a working dairy farm. William M. Koziar began decorating his rural property for Christmas in 1948. The display was created for the enjoyment of Koziar’s wife, Grace, and four children and initially centered on the house and barn. However, the display became increasingly elaborate and grew to incorporate the lake, walkways, trees, and fences. Over time the private display became a popular local attraction, known as “The Christmas House,” and traffic on the nearby road was sometimes snarled by passersby stopping to view the display. Eventually, visitors were admitted to the premises and Koziar paved a former wheat field to provide parking. Initially, the dairy farm remained active, and the Koziars had to wait until after the cows were milked to turn on the lights, as there was not enough power for the milking machines and the lights to operate simultaneously. Many of the dioramas are housed in former chicken coops and display toys, clothes and other belongs of the Koziars’ children and grandchildren. In 2008 Koziar’s Christmas Village celebrated its sixtieth anniversary. It remains a family-owned attraction, currently operated by the Koziars’ daughters, and several current employees are second- and third-generation associates. For more information, go to:

Friends of Berks County Sheriff K-9

In January of 2012, Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht created a non-profit K-9 organization called the “Friends of Berks County Sheriff K-9”. The goal of the program is to help maintain and enhance the Berks County Sheriff K-9 unit and to provide education and awareness to the citizens of Berks County. Become a member by choosing one of the following:
  • Silver member: $25.00 – $99.00 ID Card / News Letter/ Patch
  • Gold member: $100.00 – $999.00 ID Card / News Letter / Patch / 1 Polo Shirt / 2 Tickets to Summer Picnic at Kyle D. Pagerly Memorial K-9 training facility in Berks
  • Corporate / Platinum member: $1000.00 + Company or Business ID Card / News Letter / 5 Patches / 5 Polo Shirts / 5 Tickets to Summer Picnic at the Kyle D. Pagerly Memorial K-9 training facility in Berks / K-9 Meet and Greet at your place of business or organization
For more information, go to: berks county k9

The Berks ARL’s Grey Muzzle Foster Program

Do you love older pets or ones with special needs? The Berks ARL’s Grey Muzzle program needs you! The ARL is always looking for foster homes who would be willing to provide temporary care for older or special needs pets while they look for their forever homes. How does it work? • The ARL pays for vet care, you only need to provide food and toys (and love of course!) • The ARL will do a home visit and check vet references to ensure that the pet is going into a good environment. • If you have one or more dogs, they must visit the ARL’s shelter to meet a foster dog to ensure that they will get along. And your pets must be up-to-date on vaccines and have current licenses. • Foster homes must have their own transportation, commit to providing the pet with proper vet care and adequate exercise, and can bring the pet to the shelter when necessary to meet potential adopters. If you are interested in volunteering as a foster parent, please download and fill out a foster application: You can mail, fax, or stop in the shelter to drop off your application. Upon review, you will have a one-on-one interview with their foster coordinator to ensure your home and circumstances are appropriate for fostering. Thank you for considering being a foster parent with Gray Muzzle. If you have any more questions, please email or call (610) 373-8830 extension 119. Animal Rescue League of Berks County ATTN: Foster Program P.O. Box 69 Mohnton, PA 19540 Fax Number: (610) 372-6374 Physical address: Animal Rescue League of Berks County 58 Kennel Road Birdsboro, PA 19508