The Reading Royals invite fans to join them on December 19th for Pucks and Paws, a night of hockey, charity, and four-legged friends, at Santander Arena.

Pucks and Paws is the fourth game featured this season as part of the Royals’ Community Series. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the Community Series is a set of nine games throughout the season that raise awareness and money for local charitable organizations. In an interview for Royalshockey.com, Reading Royals team President Drew Bell said, “The Greater Reading area is full of really good people doing really great things, and we need to shed the biggest spotlight we can on them and their initiatives.” With Pucks and Paws the Royals ask fans to help them support the people trying to help the abandoned animals of the community.

Fans attending the game will be treated to a lot more than just hockey as the Royals face-off against the Elmira Jackals. The festivities begin at the doors, so fans may want to arrive early for the 7:00 game.

To kick-off the event the Royals are featuring a brand new giveaway: a pet calendar! This unique calendar stars the Royals’ players and their pets on every page.

In keeping with the animal theme, the Reading Royals will be wearing specialty themed jerseys. These jerseys will be auctioned off at the conclusion of the game, and all of the money will go to local animal shelters and rescue missions.

While the focus of the night will be the animals, fans are asked to show their full charitable spirit as the game will also feature the annual Toys for Tots Teddy Bear Toss. This event is a fan favorite, and all fans are invited to bring a teddy bear, which will be tossed on to the ice after the Royals score their first goal. All of the bears will be collected and donated to Toys for Tots.

The animals won’t be upstaged by the teddy bears though, the game will also host the brand new puppy race, an event that will have fans cheering for dogs instead of hockey players.

Fans looking to adopt a cat or dog will have even more to cheer about: several local animals will be available for adoption at Santander Arena during the game. Even those fans not looking to adopt can stop by and say hello to a few furry, friendly faces.

Tickets for the 7:00 game are available at Royalshockey.com.

“To me, it’s critical for organizations like ours to do everything we can to promote positivity and help push our community forward,” Drew Bell said. Fans can help the with this goal by coming out on December 19th and supporting the Reading Royals as well as all of the four-legged friends in search of a home this holiday season.

For a complete schedule of the Reading Royals Community Series games, visit royalshockey.com.