Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

Not sure if you remember me but my friend, Fancy, wrote you last year with her three Christmas wishes. One of those wishes was for me, Ginger, to find a home to call my own. I’m still waiting here at Pets Alive, but it is okay, Santa, cause you did one better and you sent a family for Fancy, who was here for 3,263 days before finding her forever home last week! Right before Fancy left, her and Ms. Becky talked it over and they decided that this year I could be the one to write to you with my three Christmas wishes!

So after a lot of thought, my first wish is for my friend, Jade Too. She is up in Studio 2A in the cattery; the rooms all have names up there, which I think is pretty cool. Like me, Jade Too has been here a long time and she is also an older lady who has a hard time trusting new folks. Ms. Becky tells me that Jade Too and I are like wine and only get better with age. Jade Too realized this year that she enjoys petting and going up and asking for treats is the best way to get an extra treat or two. Why Jade Too didn’t know this already is beyond me. She should take a lesson or two from us down in the dog area because I have to say we are all pretty good at getting extra cookies and treats around here. Jade Too feels safer and more confident when she is with other kitties, so she would do better going home with one of her Studio 2A friends or to a family that already has some kitties who are accepting and willing to show Jade Too the ropes.

My second wish is for Heath, also known as “Oh, what a good boy.” Heath really is a good boy Santa and if you could find him a family where he doesn’t have to share the attention, especially with a cat, that would be great! Heath’s last family wasn’t very nice, and when they moved, they left Heath in their apartment all alone, so he needs some of your Christmas magic to find him a family who understands it will take a little bit for Heath to give his love and heart to them. Heath also wants to tell you he likes some dogs if that makes it any easier to find him a family.

Santa, my third and final wish is for Ms. Becky and Pets Alive. Ms. Becky always puts us first and worries about each and everyone one of us here, and there are a lot of us! She worries about Brewster the pig and Jacob the goat and all his goat friends and will they have enough fresh veggies and hay.

Ms. Becky worries about all of us dogs and cats having full bellies and warm paws. She worries when one of us isn’t feeling well, and we have to go to see the vet and how she will pay the bill. Ms. Becky even worries about pets in our community and tries to help as many as she can to stay with their families because being in a home with a loving family is where she wants to see all pets. So please, Santa, please send Ms. Becky monthly sponsors so maybe just maybe she won’t worry so much. knowing donations will come in each month. And she would also appreciate single donations as well!

Thank you, Santa, I truly believe, and I know you will work your Christmas magic.

Love and wet noses,

Prefer to send a check? Mail us a check to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940, and put “Dear Santa” in the notes field of your check.

Thank you for your help!

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Jaime needs your help on this Giving Tuesday!

Jaime, a 13-year-old Maltese/Dachshund mix, just came to Pets Alive from the Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC).

Sadly, his owner was found deceased. The New York Police Department (NYPD) brought Jaime to the shelter as he had nowhere else to go.

Jaime is in desperate need of medical treatment. He is lame with paralysis in his hind legs, he has severe dental disease, a heart murmur, and his fur was severely matted. Before leaving ACC, the team groomed him, and is no longer in pain from matting pulling at his skin. ACC then provided transportation and brought Jaime to Pets Alive.

Jaime will be seen by our veterinarian today. Jaime will most likely undergo a CT scan to determine if there is compression of his spine. He will also be scheduled for a dental; his teeth and gums are in terrible shape and will require extensive dental care. We will check to see if he has a bladder infection; while he urinates, there is a concern that he’s not fully emptying his bladder.

Lastly, our veterinarian will schedule an appointment with a neurologist to assess the lameness in Jaime’s back legs to determine if anything can be done, like physical therapy to improve his muscle strength.

In the meantime, he is in foster care with one of our volunteers.

Even though he is in need of so much medical attention, he’s a friendly little fellow who wants some attention. He loves, loves, loves his toys! He likes to throw them in the air, scooting around the room after them – and then he wrestles with them in a very playful way!

He’s been through a lot, and now he’s safe at Pets Alive and will get the medical care he needs. Check out Jaime’s video as he scoots around our medical room at Pets Alive. (Please note the sound is turned off in the video due to background noise.)

We are proud to be part of #GivingTuesday on November 30, an international movement for generosity.

Help us make miracles happen by donating to our Medical Fund on this #GivingTuesday to help Jamie and the other animals at Pets Alive. No donation is too small.

Prefer to send us a check? Mail it to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940, and write “Giving Tuesday” on the check and we’ll apply it to our #GivingTuesday Campaign.

Thank you for your help on this #GivingTuesday!

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Double your impact to help the animals!

Double your impact!

We have garnered a $50,000 matching pledge and you can double your impact to help the animals at Pets Alive! We are participating in the Saving Pets Challenge, a fundraising campaign sponsored by Michelson Found Animals, for animal rescue organizations across the country, focused on keeping pets out of shelters!

Our goal? Raise $100,000 to install heated floors in our upcoming new dog kennel building! For every dollar you donate, your gift will be DOUBLED up to $50,000 thanks to a generous donor!

Heated floors will be in every dog run and other parts of the new building. No longer will the dogs have to walk or lay on cold concrete in the winter months (some dogs prefer to lay on the floor instead of their bed).  Warm floors make for many happy paws! At the time of this writing, we have 3 dog runs funded for heated floors – but 48 to g0. Your help is needed!

Our Challenge page provides details of the progress we’ve made on getting ready to construct the new dog kennel building.

There are numerous ways you can help. The Challenge runs through September 30:

  • Donate now and have your gift DOUBLED!  PLUS this week, the sponsor has a bonus prize – the four rescue groups with the most “unique” donors from Sept. 8 at noon ET through Sept. 15 at noon will win $1,500! Your gift during that timeframe will help us!
  • Set up your own Challenge Fundraiser to help us reach our goal. Simply click on “Fundraise” next to the donate button on our Challenge page, and set up your fundraiser.
  • Share the Challenge on your social channels.

DONATE now and double your impact – and help us reach our goal.

Additional information about the Challenge:

The Challenge sponsor has weekly bonus prizes in the form of grants for the top fundraisers that week. In order for us to qualify for these prizes, you must make an online donation via our Challenge website. You can see the Challenge Leaderboard here.

This week, the bonus prize is $1,500 to each of 4 top groups that have the most unique donors. The bonus runs from Sept. 8 at noon ET through Sept. 15 at noon.

Prefer to donate by check? Mail a check to us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940 so it reaches us by September 30. Please write “SPC” in the note section of your check. Your check donation will qualify for the match and we’ll enter it on our Challenge fundraising progress bar.

THANK YOU for your help in making the living conditions for the animals the best!

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The Heartbreak of Rescue

Our hearts are broken in half. While we knew our time would be short with Annalise, we always, maybe foolishly, believe we will be able to fix them, even when they come in broken at an advanced age.                                                                             

On Monday, August 30, seniors Annalise and her buddy Sasha, were two of 25 animals we rescued from the wrath of Hurricane Ida. Annalise was in bad shape when she came off the transport van and we brought her to our veterinarian, Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC. 

We never give up without a fight, but our fight for Annalise is now over. Now is the time for spoiling, unconditional love, a soft bed, hamburgers, and reuniting her with her buddy Sasha.


After a week at our veterinarian, we were devastated by the news that Annalise most likely has brain cancer or a brain tumor. There is nothing more for us to do but shower her with love in her last few remaining days, only days, a crushing blow to all of us as she is one of the sweetest, special souls we have ever met.  


So special that an hour before we were dealt the crushing blow about her only having days left, we received an email from the Director of Cara’s House, the sending shelter in Louisiana. In the middle of nonstop disaster animal response, transports, and life-saving work in an area ravaged by Hurricane Ida, the Director took precious time to reach out to us. “I’m Kassie, the Director of Cara’s House where Annalise & Sasha came from. First of all, thank you so much for giving our old girls a second chance. I wanted to reach out and give a little background on them. We received a call from our Animal Control Officers. A lady had been deceased in her home for a week prior to the phone call. Upon arrival, I walked to the back fence to find Annalise struggling to slosh through the mud to get to me. I had the fire department cut a hole in the fence so I could get her out. I made my way to the back patio where I found Sasha sound asleep at the back door. Both girls had been outside for a week with no food and whatever little water they could find.”


Our hearts broke even more for what these senior girls have endured and to know that Annalise only has days remaining. After many tears were shed, we knew we had to get the girls back together for Annalise’s final days. We couldn’t fix her body, but we could bring the girls together for a final goodbye. It is the least we could do for two senior girls who have endured so much.

Thanks to our fantastic volunteer, Joyce, that has happened. The girls have been reunited! Joyce has what can only be called the perfect space for them, in her downstairs, no stairs, a short, easy walk to a fenced-in backyard, soft comfy beds, and around-the-clock care, attention, and unconditional love. There are no words to express how grateful we all are to Joyce for opening up her home and heart.


This is the hard part, this is the heartbreak of rescue, and even though we are shattered, we would do it all over again, and we will do it again. We may have been defeated this time, but we will always hope that the next time a broken senior pet comes to us, we will be able to beat the odds and put them back together. We are grateful Joyce opened her home to the girls. We are grateful to Cara’s House for rescuing them. We are grateful to Southern Paws for transporting them to us. We are grateful to our vet team at Catskill Veterinary Services, LLC for treating Annalise like one of their own this past week.


To Annalise and Sasha, we are sorry we can’t fix your bodies, but know that even though we have only known you for a week, you are part of the Pets Alive family, you are loved unconditionally and when it is your time, you will take a piece of each and every one of us with you.

To all who have donated to help Annalise, Sasha, and the other animals that were on the transport van, thank you for giving them a chance.

 This is the heartbreak of rescue.

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Breaking! The race to safety from Hurricane Ida

Twenty-six homeless shelter animals ranging from just a few weeks old to 15 years of age are being raced to safety this morning to escape the wrath of Hurricane Ida. Ida is barreling down on the gulf coast and expected to hit as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane 16 years to the day that Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast.

Sasha, Annalise, Ketchup, her seven young babies, McGriddle, plus 15 of their friends, are now on their way to Pets Alive! They will be welcomed by the loving arms of our staff and volunteers as they start the next chapter of their journey in New York. Because we know we can count on your support, together, we will give them that chance!

Our staff has been working, around the clock, with multiple rescue partners to save as many shelter animal lives as possible. All our new charges come from rural coastal overcrowded southern shelters, many that only have outside pens for their dogs, so not evacuating is not an option.

Expected to arrive sometime on Monday, we are now asking for your help in anticipation of the arrival of these precious dogs and cats! We anticipate some level of “vetting” will be required, including vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchips, and any medical attention needed.

You have helped the animals so many times in the past. Our medical fund is already stretched and is dwindling due to a summer full of animal rescues.

Can we rely on you once again – our partner in rescue – to help these innocent dogs and cats so we can get them the care they need and ultimately find them all loving homes? Every dollar helps.

How you can help:

  • Donate towards their daily and medical care
  • Donate supplies from our special hurricane wishlist
  • Adopt one of our animals to open up space, allowing us to accept more emergency transports that are expected once the storm has ripped through the gulf coast.

Prefer to send a check? Mail it to us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. Please write “Ida” on the check.

THANK YOU so much for your help. We’ll keep you updated as the animals come in and get settled.

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Building a humane community

Balchem Animal Nutrition & Health does a supply drive

For more than 30 years, Pets Alive’s mission has been to help animals in need: To improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention, and education. Rest assured, those things are not changing. We are excited to announce that we are taking the lessons we learned during the COVID lockdown and our community during times of uncertainty to expand our mission.

Join us as we step out into the light of a new and different future, a world where we build a humane community together. A community that supports the human-animal bond and works to keep families together.

We have already started laying the foundation for that brighter future:

  • Our community donated dog and cat food to our Pet Chow Pantry, helping keep their neighbors’ families together when times got tough. More than 3,600 pounds of dog and cat food were distributed this past year to our neighbors in Orange and Sullivan Counties and helped keep pets with their families.
  • In the past year, 183 community cats were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their homes through our TNR (Trap Neuter Return) Program. These community cats live and thrive in our neighborhoods and are loved by their caregivers.
  • Access to affordable routine veterinarian care is vital in keeping families together and supporting the human-animal bond. In just over a year, 400 pets received wellness exams and rabies vaccines at a reduced cost. Collaborating with Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, and Besties Animal Rescue, we have been able to bring essential veterinarian services to our community.

Helping Hands Helping Paws provides low-cost wellness exams and vaccines

As the Hudson Valley opens up, we are now updating our mission:  To build a humane community supporting the human-animal bond by being a resource through rescue, adoption, intervention, education, and outreach.

To support this mission, we look forward to restarting, revamping, and launching new community programs and initiatives supporting and respecting the human-animal bond: our public TNR training and Trap Recovery Loaner Program, our Pets Alive Kids Team – Humane Education for all Ages, Head Start Puppy Classes, Basic Manners Canine Training, and Canine Good Citizen training and certification.

Thank you for your past support, and we invite you to continue to be part of this next phase in our history to help the animals and our community further.




Becky Tegze
Executive Director, Pets Alive

ps…I’m with Jaguar, available for adoption!

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Your gift TODAY will help Jake | Hudson Valley Gives

We invite you to join us TODAY in our Hudson Valley Gives campaign, a 24-hour day of giving!

We ask you to help us reach our goal to raise $10,000 in 24 hours for the animals from midnight to 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, May 19.

Jake chained up in his prior life

Your donation helps pets like Jake. Tied up to a chain. Only a dog house for shelter from the hot, blazing sun. Dirt instead of green grass to lay on.

This was Jake’s life before he was rescued and then made the long trek from North Carolina to Pets Alive last week. This eighteen-month-old male dog is a sweetheart and will no longer need to worry about being chained up without access to a comfy bed to sleep on or a nice yard to play in.

Jake sniffs around in the play yard at Pets Alive

Given his prior living conditions, he’s healthy and so willing to be your best friend. Your gift today can help us care for Jake – and so many other animals – until they find their forever home. Check out Jake as he enjoys life at Pets Alive!

You can be part of this journey by donating today on our Hudson Valley Gives page!

Thank you for your generosity!


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An Unthinkable 7O Million

Seventy million. Let that number sink in. That is the number of community cats animal welfare experts estimate live in the United States alone. Seventy million living, breathing, and thriving cats in our urban, suburban, and rural communities, with an estimated 70,000 new kittens being born every year to unspayed community cats. What does this all mean? It means the Pets Alive TNR (trap neuter return) Team is a VITAL part of our humane community!


Our TNR Team is now facing what might be our largest and most challenging colony to date. A thriving unspayed and unneutered colony at a now-closed horse facility with five barns, multiple outer buildings, and what one could describe as a community cat nirvana — numerous freshwater sources and fantastic protection from the elements.

An estimated 75-100 unaltered cats need to be humanely trapped, spayed, neutered, and vaccinated just at this location! Think about that: 75-100 cats who will continue to reproduce if not spayed and neutered, which could result in a population explosion of 200-300 kittens in just ONE YEAR!

Our team has hit the ground running! Thirty-eight cats have been humanely trapped, spayed, neutered, and vaccinated. They are now at Pets Alive recovering from their surgeries. Those who are candidates will go up for adoption, and those who are not will be returned to their old stomping grounds to live out their days, with their kitten-making days behind them.

Since 2013 our all-volunteer TNR Team has humanely trapped, neutered, and vaccinated almost 1,200 local community cats! Out of those 1,200, more than 650 cats have come into our adoption program and have gone on to find loving families of their own.

Pets Alive is more than a great place to adopt from or to volunteer at. Pets Alive is and strives to be a part of and a resource for our local community, but we can’t do it alone! We need YOU, our community’s support, to continue.

Every community cat we provide TNR services for costs an average of $55-$75. This includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, food during the recovery period, microchips for any cat we take into our adoption program, staff time, and in some cases, additional medical expenses for any cat that is injured or requires medical attention.

We are facing a colony of what could be 100 cats — these are cats in OUR community, and together as a community, we ALL need to do our part.

This effort could cost us upwards of $7,500 – or more. As we were planning for this mass rescue, we applied for and received a generous $2,700 grant from the Cleopatra Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley to help fund the effort. We are incredibly thankful for this aid which will save many cats!

We still need to raise at least another $5,000. Won’t you help us be part of our humane solution and make a donation now?

Prefer to send a check? Mail it to us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. Please write “TNR” on the check.

Prefer to send supplies directly to our TNR Team? They have their very own wish list:

Want to learn more about TNR or join our TNR Volunteer Team email us at

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Town approves Site Plan!

Dear Partner in Rescue,

We are very excited to tell you that we have reached another significant milestone in our progress of a new kennel building – we just obtained site plan approval from the town of Wallkill Planning Board to move forward with the project! This has been a long time coming with starts and stops because of COVID-19, but we now have a clear path forward to create a new healthy, safe and exciting environment for our dogs, staff members, volunteers, adopters, and visitors!

Here are highlights of our progress.

In late 2019, we worked on developing a detailed site plan to go forward to the town of Wallkill Planning Board for site approval. We submitted our final site plan to the town board in early February 2020, and on March 9, 2020, we met with a subcommittee of the planning board to begin discussions about our plans.

After the March meeting, we were invited to attend the March 18, 2020, formal Wallkill Planning Board meeting to present our case to the entire board. Unfortunately, the meeting was in parallel to the shutdowns due to COVID-19; therefore, the planning board had to cancel that meeting.

Once the planning board moved to Zoom meetings, we were scheduled for April 15, 2020, when we first presented our plan. We had multiple requirements that the board needed us to complete from the building’s size, creating a lighting plan, doing a perc test, finalizing a septic plan – and other tasks. This took us a lengthy period of time to complete.

The final step, once we met those requirements, was a public hearing. On the evening of March 17, 2021, we attended our public hearing at the town Planning Board meeting. We invited neighbors based on a list that the town of Wallkill provided us who live within a certain perimeter of the shelter to participate in the meeting and offer any feedback or concerns. The meeting went well – and the town approved our site plan!

This approval means that we can now move forward with the project! We have many steps to go before we break ground, but this was a critical step to obtain. We thank the town of Wallkill Planning board and others who helped us at the town to achieve this accomplishment.

You can check out our conceptual design of the building’s layout and site plan, which details where we will situate the new building on our property on our website. Once we complete the new building, we will remove the current building.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to us at Thank you for following us on our journey and being a part of it! We will continue to keep you updated as the project progresses.

Thank you for your patience and your support!

From the Pets Alive Board of Directors


Fancy Fajita, available for adoption, is very excited about the new building!

Hercules, available for adoption, is also very excited about the new building!

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Saving Lives – Working Together

“I hate to do this, but I have an urgent dog for you to consider…” is how the email started. “She’s around eight years old and has spent her entire life on a chain. The girls and officers at the shelter have had to endure seeing this dog out on a chain for years and years, and just finally a few weeks ago were able to get the owner to surrender Belinda. Belinda is completely behaviorally perfect; she has medical that this shelter cannot afford. She will need to have a mass removed.” And so began Belinda’s journey from rural western North Carolina to Pets Alive.

Fatty tissue or cancer? Belinda will get a full workup by our vet, Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, next week to put a medical game plan into place. Join us in fighting for Belinda’s life and thanking our North Carolina rescue partners for reaching out and fighting for her and all the homeless pets like her.

Then there was the call from Best Friends Animal Society. Help was needed from their Northern Network Partners – of which Pets Alive is a member –  to help one of their Network Partners in Florida. The shelter is doing everything it can to improve its live release rate (currently they have one of the worst in Florida and the country).

Of course, we said yes! Please give a big welcome to the Florida Four –  Vern, Victor, Vincent, and Veronica to the Pets Alive family. They are all beyond sweet and loving, and once they are spayed and neutered, they will be up for adoption. We know they will find loving homes quickly. Interested in adopting one of the Florida Four felines? Get your application in now!

A total of five local NY rescues and shelters came together and, thanks to Best Friends Animal Society’s networking of partners and transport, many lives were saved. The Florida Four and all their felines friends who made the long journey north will soon get a fresh start on life with families of their own.

We also welcomed Toothless Ace this week. His journey wasn’t quite as long as Belinda’s or the Florida Four; he just had to make a quick trip from Animal Care Centers of NYC. Toothless Ace is just that: toothless! This head-butting, purr machine was found emaciated in Brooklyn. Toothless is estimated to be around seven years old and he has tested positive for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), but that won’t slow him down! We know once we fatten him up, he will be a fantastic addition to someone’s family. Could it be you?

Working together, pooling resources, communicating and asking for help is how we save more lives. Join us, help us and be part of these life-saving moments.

Prefer to send a check? Mail it Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

If you’d like to become a Monthly Sponsor, you can donate a certain amount each month as a recurring donation – and save lives like Toothless Ace, the Florida Four and Belinda all year round!  Monthly Sponsorships start at $5.00 a month – and up.

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