Raise a glass to help homeless pets in Berks at Pints for Pups

The 2013 Pints for Pups logo. (Photo courtesy Humane Society of Berks County)

Beer and animal lovers alike can congregate this July 27 outside the Reading Liederkranz, 143 Spook Lane on Mount Penn, to toast the Berks Humane Society and its efforts to help homeless animals during the eighth annual Pints for Pups fundraiser.

The beer tasting and festival has a theme of Oktoberfest in July and will offer more than 60 beers from around the world. Included this year are Kutztown institution Golden Avalanche Brewing and Boyertown cidery Other Farm Brewing along with Weyerbacher, Lancaster, Boxcar and other local brewing companies. There will also be a buffett of German-American food, and Oktoberfest music by The Adlers Band.

Leashed, well-behaved canines are welcome to accompany their owners to the event and can sample treats at Spike’s Doggie Bar, which is hosted by Awesome Dawgs Dog Training and The Dawg Store.

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All proceeds from the event go toward veterinary and service programs conducted by the humane society.

“This event will help us to fund wellness and vaccine clinics in some of the poorest neighborhoods in our area, where people and animals need us most,” said Karel Minor, HSBC executive director.

General admission costs $40, which gets you a commemorative Pints for Pups pint glass that features art by Adrienne Trafford, who created the HSBC’s mascots Spike, the dog, and Tilly, the cat. Designated drivers get in for $20 and also get a glass. VIP tickets are available for $75 and allow ticketholders access to the exclusive tasting hour from 3-4 p.m.

Buy tickets or reserve space online at www.shop.berkshumane.org, or buy them by phone at 610-921-2348 or at humane society locations.

The Humane Society of Berks County serves all of Southeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding regions. It is a private, non-profit organization funded through donations and service fees. In addition to enforcing Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws for all of Berks County, the Humane Society provides adoption services, spay and neuter services, humane education, pet behavioral counseling, veterinary services to the general public, and helps stray, injured and mistreated animals. The Humane Society has three animal welfare centers located at 1801 N. 11th St., Reading; 1201 Ben Franklin Highway E., Douglassville; and 503 S. Center Road (Rte. 82), Birdsboro.