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READING, Pa. - The Humane Society of Berks County is taking steps to expand the services it offers.

The Humane Society said it has entered into an agreement to buy the former Land Displays building at 1350 Schuylkill Avenue, adjacent to the Warren Street Bypass, in northwest Reading.

The organization said the purchase is part of its Healthy Pets Initiative and that the building will allow it to continue providing many of the community support services it currently offers at its shelter at 1801 North 11th Street.

The Humane Society announced Thursday that, effective Monday, November 4, it will have to suspend shelter operations at that facility while it undergoes a $2-million rehabilitation over the next six months.

"The new building will deliver the ability to provide better care for the animals, as well as additional resources for the people in our community," said Leann Quire, the Humane Society's director of shelter operations. "This building and organization experienced many positive changes over the last few decades, but these renovations will surely make a positive impact in Berks County for years to come."

The Humane Society will stop accepting surrendered or stray animals on Monday, October 27. While shelter operations are suspended, animals can be taken to its sister shelter, the Humane League of Lancaster County, which will be operating as normal.

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County said it is also preparing its shelter in Cumru Township to accept more animals during the suspension of shelter operations at the Humane Society.