As residents may be aware, the
Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Berks County will no longer be providing Animal
Control Services to many municipalities throughout Berks County. Muhlenberg Township residents have several
options available should they need animal services and residents are reminded
that responsible animal ownership begins with you.
Pennsylvania Law requires that dogs over 12 weeks of age have and
display a Pennsylvania dog license. Visit www.padoglicense.com Over 90% of dogs are reunited with their
family when properly licensed. In
addition to licensing your dog, it is highly recommended that you have your
animal microchipped by your veterinarian to increase your chance of recovering
your pet. Microchipping your animal will not hurt your pet as the chip comes
preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between
the shoulder blades. Microchipping your
animal provides a permanent ID that cannot fall off and will not wear out or
need to be replaced. Muhlenberg Township
will be partnering with the Humane Society of Berks County to arrange a
microchipping clinic for Muhlenberg Township residents.
Social media is
another important form of locating your animal or providing other owners with
information regarding a lost animal. Berks County Dog Search – Berks County
Dog Search is a Facebook Page dedicated to reuniting owners with their lost
dog. The page is a forum of dog owners
and concerned citizens and has reunited hundreds of owners with their
pets. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/Berks-Dog-Search
information regarding adoption services, strays, veterinary services and pet
surrenders please visit The Humane Society of Berks County, 1801 N. 11th
Street, Reading, PA 19604, 610-921-2348. https://humanepa.org/partners/humane-society-of-berks-county. The Humane Society of Berks County operates
7 days a week from 9:00am - 5:00pm and has extended hours until 7:00pm on Monday’s
and Friday’s. The Muhlenberg Township
Police Department is equipped with a universal microchip reader and will use it
to identify the animal’s owner. The Muhlenberg
Township Police Department will not take custody of an animal and it is the
responsibility of the resident to take the animal to the Humane Society at no
cost to the resident.
No Nonsense Neutering is located
at 1500 Frush Valley Road, Reading, PA 19605 and
provides spay-neuter services. The Trap
Neuter Release (TNR) Program is free for residents of Muhlenberg Township and
provides residents with a resource to manage the feral cat population should
one exist in your area.
a feral cat? A “feral” cat is unsocialized, typically fearful of people and
most often found living outdoors in groups known as colonies. The cats in the
colony share a common food source and most likely originated from unneutered
stray cats. How “feral” a cat is depends on many factors including age, number
of feral generations, exposure to humans and individual genetics. The
Trap Neuter Release program controls feral cat populations in a safe and humane
manner. Below are the guidelines pertaining
to the No Nonsense Neutering program.
- Feral cats are by
- Trappers can schedule up to 5 cats online or by phone
answering service 866.820.2510
- You must wait for
a confirmation email or return phone call for your appointment date
- Trappers with 1
TRAPPED cat can walk in between 8-930AM on scheduled clinic days
- Do NOT trap
unless you have an appointment or can walk in the next day.
- Make sure that
you understand how to open and set the trap before you leave the clinic.
- Do NOT leave a
trap open OVERNIGHT or unattended.
- Do NOT attempt to
transfer cats from the trap to a dog crate or carrier.
- PLEASE do not
bring feral cats for surgery in a dog crate, pet cat carrier, cardboard box or
- Cats can be held
overnight and fed in the traps the evening before surgery.
- Transport them
covered to the clinic the next day.
are available for
the sole purpose of Trap Neuter Return activities and will be used to bring
cats to the NNN clinic. NNN traps are NOT to be used to capture a cat/kitten
for relinquishment to an animal shelter for destruction.
Loaner traps are
available for 2 weeks: $25 refundable cash deposit for 2
traps. If you want to rent more traps, there will be additional costs.
Trap pickup/drop off
available during from 10-4 PM on clinic surgery days. Our staff is in surgery
during the day and is not available to assist you at other times.
Your deposit will be returned ONLY if the trap is
brought back in clean, working condition.
roaming cats should be ear- tipped. It is done under anesthesia and does not
hurt them but it does PROTECT them. Why? Because the left ear-tip is a
universal sign that this cat is fixed and vaccinated. An ear-tip may save their lives.