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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc.

Humane treatment of animals through quality service, accommodation, and education of pet owners and the community.

four stars

100.00

58 Kennel Road Birdsboro, PA 19508
tel: (610) 373-8830   Web Site
EIN: 23-1417505

Board Leadership
Shelly Nowotarski
President

CEO
Alexis Pagoulatos
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County is a charitable 501c3 organization caring for nearly 5,000 animals each year to help them find second chances in a new home, or to help reunite them with their grateful owners. For more than 65 years, we've worked tirelessly to care for the sick, treat the injured, comfort the unwanted and protect the abused. Whether helping people in need keep their pets through surrender prevention programs, offering low-cost veterinary services and clinics, as well as outreach and education events throughout the county, our work goes far beyond the walls of the shelter.

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County is a charitable 501c3 organization caring for nearly 5,000 animals each year to help them find second chances in a new home, or to help reunite them with their grateful owners. For more than 65 years, we've worked tirelessly to care for the sick, treat the injured, comfort the unwanted and protect the abused. Whether helping people in need keep their pets through surrender prevention programs, offering low-cost veterinary services and clinics, as well as outreach and education events throughout the county, our work goes far beyond the walls of the shelter.

Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
85.6%
  Administrative Expenses 12.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.08
  Program Expenses Growth 16.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc. on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc. on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Feedback

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Community meetings or town halls, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
In 2017 the ARL mistakenly euthanized two owned cats within one month of each other, calling into light the shelter’s euthanasia rates and policies, which created community outrage Shelter leadership began reevaluating its euthanasia policies and practices in response to the overwhelming demand from our community to shift our operational structure In 2018, the Animal Rescue League of Berks County announced it would be adopting a “no-kill” philosophy and would no longer euthanize treatable and adoptable animals when it runs out of kennel space The ARL dramatically increases its cat live release rate from 44% in 2017 to 85% in 2018 and its dog live release rate from 86% in 2017 to 96% in 2018 This change prompted the creation of several different programs aimed at improving live release
This Constituent Feedback information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Feedback information published on this organization's page has no effect on its star rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc. (PA) 100.00 four stars
Blue Mountain Humane Society (WA) 97.96 four stars
Humane Society of Huron Valley (MI) 91.66 four stars
Woods Humane Society (CA) 98.16 four stars
Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (CA) 91.55 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,471,225
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $125,400
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,596,625
   Program Service Revenue $495,560
Total Primary Revenue $3,092,185
   Other Revenue $29,871
TOTAL REVENUE $3,122,056
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,225,590
   Administrative Expenses $334,100
   Fundraising Expenses $53,599
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,613,289
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $508,767
   
Net Assets $5,891,069

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Care and Boarding of Animals $2,225,590 100.0%

Ratings History
Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc. has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 11/01/2020 100.00 four stars
2018-12 03/01/2020 90.10 four stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 91.92 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 89.26 three stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 89.36 three stars
2014-12 11/01/2016 85.77 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2016 84.83 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 06/01/2015 86.15 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 81.22 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-1417505
Name in IRS Master File ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BERKS COUNTY INC
NTEE Code D20
NTEE Classification Animal Protection and Welfare
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Organization to Prevent Cruelty to Children
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 1956
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Thomas Hubric Interim Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc. (PA) 100.00 four stars
Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia (GA) 92.16 four stars
The Humane League (MD) 88.07 three stars
Humane Society of Sonoma County (CA) 85.15 three stars
Nebraska Humane Society (NE) 94.50 four stars

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Official Charity Response

At the ARL, we believe that you should have the utmost confidence in how we use donor dollars. As a result, we try to be as transparent as possible and invite you to explore our numbers and policies by visiting our website at www.berksarl.org/donate and scrolling past the donate form to the bottom of the page, or by exploring the information on Guide Star and Charity Navigator. We are proud to hold the highest ratings on both of these reputable organizations.
 
Our organization has been through significant change throughout our history, but we are steadfast in our commitment to constantly improve, and always have animals top of mind. At the ARL, we promise to use your funds exactly as you intend and to treat you with the respect and dignity you deserve each and every time you choose to support our organization. We are so grateful that you've chosen to research us, and we invite you to call or email anytime for a more in depth conversation or tour of our facility.
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Charity Contact Info

Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc.
58 Kennel Road
Birdsboro, PA 19508
tel: (610) 373-8830
fax: (610) 372-6374
EIN: 23-1417505

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Board Leadership

Shelly Nowotarski
President

CEO

Alexis Pagoulatos
Executive Director

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