Take a homeless pet home for the holidays, Berks Animal Rescue League urges | News

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County hopes to send some of its shelter pets…

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County hopes to send some of its shelter pets home for the holidays with area foster families, the shelter announced Thursday.

ARL is accepting applications from families interested in short-term fostering for the holidays.

“With so many people staying home this year, we thought it was a perfect time to launch a program like this,” said Alexis Pagoulatos, executive director. “It’s a lovely way to do something small, yet so significant, for a homeless pet.”

Shelter pets can be picked up on Dec. 24 and returned Dec. 26 or Dec. 27. Families who choose to can keep them until Jan. 2.

Should the pet not be a good fit, the family can return it anytime.

Shelter pets come equipped with a suitcase packed with food and other items needed for a temporary stay.

Emily Manwiller, deputy director, said short-term fostering for the holidays is something ARL wanted to do for a long time.

“This was the right year to launch it based on our community’s incredible response to fostering when the pandemic began,” she said. “We sense the same enthusiasm is still there, and we’d love to introduce families to the joy of bringing a homeless pet into their home, even if only for a night or two.”

Once families have completed an application at www.berksarl.org/sleepover, they can select the pet they want to take home. Adoption counselors are available for consultation.

More information is available by calling the shelter at 610-373-8830.