Address: 1801 N. 11th Street, Reading, PA 19604
Phone: 610-921-2348 | Email:

We are under construction!

During the temporary closure due to construction, The Humane Society of Berks County will be temporarily unable to accept animals and will not have animals for adoption. Our shelter in Lancaster, The Humane League of Lancaster County is open and our staff and volunteers are happy to assist you!

In the event that you find a stray animal, or have an animal to surrender, please see the below list of local resources; or contact us at 610-921-2348.

Cat Rescues and Resources

Dog Rescues and Resources

Small Animal Rescues and Resources

October 16, 2019 Update – 

HSBC Shelter Rendering

What does our upcoming shelter construction mean for you and your pet?

Beginning Monday, November 4, 2019, The Humane Society of Berks County will begin a much needed, long awaited renovation of its current shelter facility. The new building construction is scheduled to take six months to complete. Upon completion, it will be a state-of-the-art facility that will provide life-changing services to the animals and their caretakers in Berks County. In order to complete this major building project, we must suspend our shelter operations, beginning on November 4.

During construction, our sister shelter, The Humane League of Lancaster County, will still provide full services and operate as normal. We encourage people interested in adopting to visit the Humane League located at 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602. The animals currently at the Humane Society of Berks County will be adopted out prior to closing, or transferred to our sister shelter the Humane League and made available for adoption.

Due to the scope of this project, The Humane Society of Berks County will not be able to accept surrendered or stray animals starting on Monday, October 27. If you need to surrender an animal, or if you find a stray animal, we strongly encourage you to contact us for a list of alternative resources. We will resume normal intake and adoption of animals when the new shelter building is completed.

Our Humane Veterinary Hospitals, Reading and Lancaster, will also continue to operate and conduct business as normal. Our Healthy Pets Initiative programs will continue to serve community members, and we encourage the public to check for ongoing updates.

Throughout construction, the public can look forward to regular updates with exciting videos and photos of our brand new shelter as its being built!

We are still in the active phases of working through all the fine details, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we take on this life-changing project. This project has been in the works since 2017, and at that time, we began to notify our partners and local municipalities of this upcoming project and its magnitude.

This is a very exciting time for all of us, and we look forward to continue making this community the best place anywhere to be an animal. If you or the company you work for are interested in supporting our capital campaign for the shelter construction, please contact our Director of Events & Corporate Relations, Lauren Henderson at or 610-750-6100 x 211.