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Humane Society of Berks experiencing 'overflow of cats'

Some cats available for free adoption to good home

READING, Pa. - The Humane Society of Berks County in Reading said its shelter is overflowing with cats, something that's unusual during the winter months.

"This is usually our slower season, but we still have about 63 cats here our facility and about 100 total between here and our Lancaster [County] facility," said Chelsea Cappellano, the office coordinator for Reading-based Humane Pennsylvania, which oversees both shelters.

To help the cats find good homes, the Humane Society of Berks County and the Humane League of Lancaster County are offering a "Free to a Good Home" program. The organizations have hosted free adoptions in the past, but this time, they are looking to double the impact.

The shelters have teamed up with Berks Connections/Pretrial Services, which helps inmates once they're released from prison, as well as their children and loved ones.

"They, right now, are in desperate need of coats — men, women, children -- so, the promo is if you come in with a coat, hat, gloves, something that can benefit the Pretrial Services, you can adopt a cat for free," added Cappellano.

The winter gear can be new or gently used. Pet supplies, such as food, can also be donated in exchange for a free cat.

The promotion runs through January 23, and the standard application process still applies.

The Humane Society is located at 1801 North 11th Street in Reading.


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