Two community supporters teamed up to raise awareness and find local homes for some of Berks County’s rescued little critters.
Dealership Anthony D’Ambrosio Chrystler Jeep Dodge Ram in Elverson and the Animal Rescue League of Berks County joined forces Saturday morning for a first ever Autos for Animals event.
Held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the D’Ambrosio facility in Elverson, the event had rescued dogs and cats on site for immediate adoption, as well as, representatives to share the ARL’s services and opportunities with newfound supporters. Topped off with popcorn, hot dogs, and a balloon artist, the day had a heartwarming ending by sending eight year old German Shephard, Abby, and Stewart, an eight year old cat who recently had surgery, home with their new loving families.
More than just hosting the Autos for Animals, the dealership has also agreed to help fundraise for the non-profit organization.
“A few of us have adopted animals through the organization and believe they are very deserving of our support,” says the dealership’s representative John Senick. “We are hoping to partner with Berks ARL for a very long time.”
For the month of April, D’Ambrosio of Elverson has agreed to make a $25 donation for every car they sell. So far the dealership has sold eight cars and counting. The goal is to sell 50 cars, resulting in a $1,250 donation at the end of the month.
“This event was just the start of our relationship,” says Beth Ireland, Director of Marketing and Communications at the ARL of Berks County.
She follows up by saying that from May to November the dealership will donate $100 to the organization for every person who mentions the ARL at a vehicle purchase.
“The first step is awareness,” Senick said. “If we can help make people more aware of the wonderful animals who deserve a second chance at finding a home, that is success in itself.”
Since 1952, the ARL of Berks County dedicates its services to provide shelter and care for the unwanted and abused animals of the Greater Reading area.
“At any given time we care for over 200 animals a day on our 10 acre facility, many of whom require veterinary care, rehabilitation, and training,” Ireland said.
Just as important as serving the animals they save, the ARL also gives back to the community that supports them through various programs ranging from low cost spay/neuter and vaccine services, to encouraging children to read, to helping veterans lower their chances of experiencing Posttraumatic stress disorder.
More information about programs and upcoming community events can be found at the ARL website, www.BerksARL.org.