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Saturday is World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day September 28 is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in rabies prevention. Every year hundreds of thousands of people like you organize and take part World Rabies Day. All over the world people take part in local, regional and national events, held to raise awareness about and/or prevent the spread of rabies. Please help us spread the word and make sure you are current on you pet’s rabies shots!

Berks County Dog Licenses

Pennsylvania Law requires that dogs over 12 weeks of age have and display a Pennsylvania dog license. You can purchase your dog’s license at the Berks ARL during normal business hours. Costs for a Yearly License
  • Male $8.95 Male neutered $6.95
  • Female $8.95 Female Spayed $6.95
  • Senior Citizen Discount: $2.00/license
Lifetime Licenses (requires pet to be tattooed or microchipped) are also available at the Berks ARL. Please inquire at the front desk.

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:

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

The Borough of Bernville

How did Bernville get it’s name? In 1737, Stephanus Umbenhauer immigrated from Bern, Switzerland, and purchased 220 acres from Thomas Penn. In 1819, Stephanus’ grandson, Johann Thomas Umbenhauer, set aside 46 acres to be divided into 62 lots. On 24 August 1819, Peter Bennethum bought the first six lots. In January 1820, the town was named Bernville after Stephanus’ birthplace

Sinking Spring 100th Anniversary Summer Events

*Fri., July 12th, 9:00 PM – Family Movie Night

*Sat., July 20, 8:00 PM – Concert in the Park with Vetigo Vibe playing Rock and Roll from the 60’s to today

All events are free to the public. A good-will donation is encouraged. Help celebrate 100 years of Sinking Spring! Food and drink will be on sale at the events.

For more info call (610) 678-4903 ,visit or go to

Bring your lawn chairs!!

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