Horsing around at the Animal Rescue League

News photo by Emily Thiel Lori Care, and Taylor Care, 15, West Lawn, cover mini-horse Oliver with kisses for Helping Horses Day at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County April 26.

Have you ever kissed a horse? Pet lovers came out for a day of fun events, which included two horse-kissing stations, at The Animal Rescue League of Berks County for their first Helping Horses Open Barn Day on Saturday, April 26.

With just a donation of $5, people of all ages lined up to give mini-horse, Oliver, a big fat smooch on his face.

“We have three horses in residence at the ARL,” Beth Ireland, marketing and communications director, said. Candy, a Thoroughbred mare, is one of the residential horses available for kisses.

Across the nation, horse rescue facilities hosted a day of events in honor of Help A Horse Day to win one of the $10,000 grants offered through the ASPCA. The day started with pasture cleanup, and demonstrations about the barn, horses, and the process of rescuing and rehabbing the animals were offered throughout the day.


Face painting and horseshoe painting activities were available for the children.

For more information on the Animal Rescue League, visit berksarl.org.

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Emily Thiel

Emily Thiel is the editor of The Southern Berks News and is the Community Engagement Editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers. Emily joined Berks-Mont in March 2013. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a degree in English with a concentration in Cultural and Media Studies. Emily is a native of Allentown, Pa. Reach the author at ethiel@berksmontnews.com or follow Emily on Twitter: @sthrnberksnews.