URGENT: 15 dogs rushed to Pets Alive now need you!

Racing against time, we worked diligently with one of our transport partners, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville, NC, who transported dozens of animals from an animal shelter in Tennessee. The shelter’s Director was arrested on charges of animal cruelty last month, and was subsequently fired by the shelter’s board of directors. Since that time, 3 others associated with the case were also arrested on animal cruelty charges. Overcrowded conditions at the shelter led to an unsanitary and unhealthy situation for the animals. In late December, a newly hired Director of the no-kill facility sought help to reduce the animal population through transports to other shelters and adoptions.

The timing of the transport was tricky. It was wedged between a minor snow storm Wednesday evening as Brother Wolf’s transport van drove through the night to arrive at Pets Alive on Thursday morning prior to winter storm Harper bearing down on the Northeast this weekend. Fifteen dogs found a home at Pets Alive and are now on the mend from living in deplorable conditions. They will be available for adoption in early February.

Eight shepherd-mix young dogs were huddled together, looking fearful but relieved to be in the warmth of a spacious kennel. They came in at the last minute and Pets Alive agreed to take these scared pups. Four of them are pictured here hanging out in the corner of their kennel shortly after they arrived at Pets Alive.

Star, Dawn and Phoenix pictured here are three Chihuahua puppies who were dumped on church stairs and experienced bite wounds to their heads. They like playing with their new toys as our medical staff member checks them out.

We continue to assess each dog’s medical condition and are working to acclimate them to their new surroundings. Each dog will require vaccinations, microchips, deworming, blood work, spay/neuter and a lot of tender loving care. This will cost us several thousand dollars. Won’t you help us care for these precious animals so they heal? There are several ways to help:

Our dog kennel building project Matching Challenge continues, therefore your monetary gift to help the 15 pups will be doubled, with the matching funds helping our dog kennel project!

Donate Pedigree brand puppy chow and canned food from our Amazon wish list – or buy from any online or local store and drop off the donations. We will also accept Purina ProPlan puppy food as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prefer to send us a check? Mail us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10490 or call us at 845-386-9738 and we’ll take your donation over the phone.

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THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR THE ANIMALS!

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Holiday magic. Theo finds happiness after 6 years.

Theo resting at home!

A warm and cozy bed. A yard to run around in and play. Endless hugs. That’s how Theo will spend New Year’s Eve. But it wasn’t always that way.

Theo, a yellow shepherd, arrived at Pets Alive from a shelter in Georgia when he was just barely 4 months old. That was in January, 2013.

He got adopted a short time later but within 2 years, he was back at Pets Alive because of behavior challenges. Several other attempts at adoption over the next 2 years also failed – but with your help, we never give up hope on Theo.

Theo was entered into our Improving Adoptability program. It is run by a team of trained volunteers that work with a dog to help them overcome behavior challenges and increase their chance of successful adoption. Several members of the team worked with Theo for months and he eventually learned to play with other dogs in play groups, he overcame his behavior challenges, and he became more dog-social.

Theo loves his new mom!

Hard work paid off. One of Theo’s holiday wishes came true! He hit the jackpot yesterday when one of the volunteers from the Improving Adoptability team adopted Theo! He’s a real love bug with his new mom and he likes hanging out with his new sibling Lilly.

Your generosity helped care for Theo all these years, but over 250 of Theo’s friends are still at Pets Alive awaiting their magical day when they get adopted. And there will be hundreds more that will come our way in 2019.

Please give Theo his final holiday wish and make a 100% tax-deductible donation in 2018 so together, we can continue this important work. AND YOUR GIFT WILL BE DOUBLED!

When you donate to our general animal care fund by 11:59pm ET on December 31, a wonderful couple, Joe and Kelly Sicari, will make a matching donation to our kennel building project fund up to $250,000. Help us reach this goal!

Learn about our Matching Challenge here.

Thank you once again for helping animals like Theo.

Already made your year-end holiday gift? Thank you for your support!

Theo (left) and his new sister Lilly

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Thank you!

Daryl was treated for severe injuries after being hit by a car, and then got adopted

THANK YOU! The 48 stray dogs from Orange and Sullivan Counties we helped in 2018 say THANK YOU. The 219 stray cats rescued from our local streets say THANK YOU. The 159 community cats who were spayed, neutered and vaccinated in 2018 because of our local Trap-Neuter-Return Program say THANK YOU. The 18 dogs who were rushed to safety at Pets Alive as Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas say THANK YOU. Kalamazoo, a pot-bellied pig found roaming the streets of the Bronx and now up for adoption at Pets Alive, says THANK YOU. The 200 dogs pulled from danger at kill facilities say THANK YOU. The 11 calves who found safety and a new lease on life say THANK YOU.

Alien recovered and got adopted

Alien, who received lifesaving medical treatment after being poisoned, says THANK YOU. Fiona says THANK YOU for making it possible for her to receive lifesaving emergency surgery. The Pets Alive staff and board of directors say THANK YOU because without your continued support, none of these precious souls would be here to say THANK YOU.

Millie with her adoptive family after 6 years at Pets Alive

To all our adopters, THANK YOU for giving the older, shyer, outgoing, younger, not so well-behaved, wallflower, in your face, oversized and undersized pets a second chance. THANK YOU for believing that each and every one of them is perfect in their own way.

Volunteers walk the dogs

THANK YOU to our volunteers for giving of themselves selflessly and tirelessly, and for loving our animals unconditionally. THANK YOU to our volunteers who come in all kinds of weather to walk and train our dogs. THANK YOU to our volunteers who come in every week and clean and scoop litter boxes. THANK YOU to our volunteers who go out at night every week to humanely trap community cats so they can be altered, vaccinated and returned to their colonies. THANK YOU to all our volunteers who take our animals to adoption events, foster bottle babies, greet visitors, take pictures, run special events, do laundry and work behind the scenes.

Donations arriving after Hurricane Florence dogs arrive

To our supporters: THANK YOU for always hearing our pleas for help and jumping into action dropping off needed supplies of bleach, dog and cat food, KMR and linens. THANK YOU for always hearing our pleas for monetary donations. Without your support, we wouldn’t have been able to afford to help Gladys, Pearl, Fiona, Alien, Jack, Jill, and Daryl, all emergency medical cases. It is because of you, our supporters, that Pets Alive will be there when the call comes in to save the animals that need us most. We can only cover the front lines because we know you have our backs. THANK YOU!

On behalf of the entire Pets Alive staff and board of directors, I want to wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy New Year. Stay warm. Stay safe. Hug your pets tight. THANK YOU for being part of the Pets Alive family.

For the animals,

Becky Tegze
Executive Director

p.s…when you donate to our general animal care fund by December 31, a wonderful couple will make a matching donation to our dog kennel building project fund up to $250,000! Prefer to send a check? Mail it to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. You can also call in a donation by reaching us at 845-386-9738.

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

Hi. I’m Cam!

Hard to believe 2018 is coming to an end. So many wonderful things have happened since I wrote you last year. Ms. Becky tells me that over 500 of our friends here at Pets Alive have found loving homes!  Some of her long-time friends finally have homes to call their own — including Millie, Oatmeal and Josie, all who waited over five years. Did you have a hand in making this happen? I think you did, and don’t tell anyone but Ms. Becky shed a few tears when she told me, she was so happy. She very much wishes we all would find families to call our own.

Santa, since I’m pretty sure you had a hand in helping Millie, Oatmeal and Josie, I was wondering if you could help me with a few more Christmas wishes this year? And in the true Christmas spirit, not even one of them is for me.

Hi! I’m Willy!

My first wish is for Willy. Willy is a big boy with a big heart. When I asked Ms. Becky how such a handsome fella like Willy could still be at Pets Alive waiting for his family to find him after five years, she sighed and said, “Sometimes I just don’t have the answers, Cam.”  Ms. Becky told me Willy is a good boy, he is sweet, a little bit of a wallflower, but if you give him a little bit of attention, his love for you will light up the room. Ms. Becky said Willy was found in a kind person’s backyard with no note or any clue as to how he found himself there, but was just looking for someone to love him. So if you could find a kind family to love Willy, he promises to light up their world with his love.

Hi! I’m Nala!

My second wish is for Nala. You see Santa, Nala is breaking Ms. Becky’s heart. Nala is the victim of divorce and, instead of her family fighting for her, they gave her up. Now this slightly grey-in-the-muzzle 11 year old is finding herself spending the holidays in a kennel instead of sleeping in front of a fireplace surrounded by family. She is the perfect girl, loves everyone she meets, both human and canine, but so many people come in looking for puppies or young dogs. Ms. Becky worries that Nala is going to get overlooked because of a few grey hairs. Santa, could you please bring a family for Nala who will appreciate the love of a senior pet. Speaking as a senior myself, I can tell you we have a special kind of love to share with our families.

Santa, my third and last wish this year is for Ms. Becky and Pets Alive. 2018 marks the 30th year Pets Alive has been in operation, and it has been an amazing 30 years with many ups and some downs. Ms. Becky sometimes worry how we will make it through even one more month, especially when one of us gets sick or something breaks (and given how long we have been around and how old our buildings are, lots of things break). Ms. Becky and everyone at Pets Alive has been working hard, and right now something special is happening: When someone donates to our general animal care fund, a wonderful couple will make a matching donation to our kennel building project fund up to $250,000! So Santa, if you could please spread the word about this amazing opportunity for all of us at Pets Alive, we know it will help guide the way to our next 30 years.

Love,
Cam

ps…prefer to donate with a check? Mail it to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Leon

1,698 days. That’s how long Leon has been waiting for just the right family to come along and make him their very own. This sweet, big boy was found wandering in the backyard of two of our volunteers.They knew right away that the handsome boy was lost or, worse, had been abandoned by his family. The search began to try and find his owners, but after a few weeks and no luck, they had no choice but to bring Leon to Pets Alive.

Now more than four years later, Leon is still waiting for a special family to pick him. Do you have a soft spot for sleek handsome boys? Enjoy little love nibbles? Willing to share your pillow each night? If you answered yes to any of those questions, Leon is the man for you!

Help Leon, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find his happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share his story.

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Laura

Not every dog who comes to Pets Alive is socialized and ready for adoption. We also take in very shy animals who have had little or no human contact. That’s the backstory of Laura, part of a litter of 8 puppies from North Carolina. With much training and patience on the part of Pets Alive staff and volunteers, all but three of the hound mixes have been adopted since 2011. Laura is now ready to find her forever home, too!

Lucky for her, she has been fostered by Wanda Vogel and family for the past 1 ½ years. The Vogels had experience with acclimating shy dogs, as they had already adopted Laura’s sister Brandi (originally called Blondie) in 2012.

Wanda wanted to make a difference in another dog’s life, so she returned to Pets Alive in 2017 and offered to foster Laura. She couldn’t bear the thought of Brandi’s remaining siblings spending the rest of their lives at the shelter. By bringing Laura home and working on her socialization skills, the family’s goal was to help the shy girl get her own happily ever after.

Before the Vogels could foster Laura, they committed to getting to know her better, traveling from their home an hour away to spend some 10 weekends at Pets Alive — a couple of hours each time — to get Laura used to walking on a leash and being around them. After several months, Laura went home with the Vogels to continue her training.

Since summer of 2017, the transformation has been remarkable. “Laura started as a little lady who couldn’t tolerate touch to one who will let us pet and scratch her,” says Wanda. “She is still shy, even around us, so we are careful to not startle her. She will tolerate a bath, brushing and wiping muddy paws. She wants to be in the same room but is not ready to join you on the couch — yet. She loves to walk, and walks beautifully on a leash now.”

Wanda describes Laura’s nature as “sweet and gentle.” She gets along with most dogs, and is also fine with cats (her foster family has 2).

As for the best home for the girl? “I think she would blossom in a quieter home with no children, someone or a couple who are okay that she won’t be a cuddler right away, a home with or without other animals,” Wanda says. “I just look into those soft brown eyes and see the gentle old soul inside and I know she deserves a family.”

While it won’t be easy to let Laura go, the Vogels say her placement in a forever home will allow them to foster another shy pup. “I tear up whenever I think about it,” says Wanda. “But I know that the right person to adopt her will give her a great life. Then we take Laura’s brother or sister and start again.”

Help Laura, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find her happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share her story.

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Kalamazoo

A stray pig! We kid you not. Our loveable, big boy Kalamazoo somehow found himself wandering the streets of the Bronx! New York’s finest knew right away that this adorable stray needed to get out of the big city and off to a country life ASAP.

After an overnight stay at NYC Animal Care and Control, Kalamazoo hitched a ride and took what might have been his first sniff of country fresh air as he was welcomed into the Pets Alive family.

So if you squeal in delight at the thought of piggie kisses, think there is nothing better than a pig in a ball pit rooting for lettuce, have strong arms for lots and lots of belly rubs, and a big heart then Kalamazoo would like to canoodle with you!

Help Kalamazoo, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find his happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share his story.

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Hercules

Hercules – a Roman hero and god known for his strength and many adventures! Our Hercules was found running on the streets of Middletown, NY over a year ago. We will never really know what adventures Hercules had before finding safety at Pets Alive, but we do know his adventures were not kind to him. Underweight and dirty, we can only imagine Hercules did not fair well on his last adventure on the streets. But his strength for survival never wavered!

Now up to a healthy weight, he is flexing his muscles and has become an all-star at agility and basic commands. Hercules, being the hero and god he is, does need a home where he can be the center of attention. You know heroes don’t like to share the spotlight. So if you think you have the muscle and stamina to keep up with a real live hero, we have just the boy for you! 

Help Hercules, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find his happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share his story. 

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Paris

Three months old, scared, cold, unsure of the world and surviving on the streets of Middletown, NY. That was Paris four years ago before she found her way to Pets Alive.

Paris slowly started to grow and feel more comfortable in her new, safe surroundings of the Pets Alive Kitten Nursery, but still a shy girl who was not sure of the humans who were trying to fuss over her. Adopters would come and go, and Paris would watch as her feline friends left to start new lives with their new families.

Paris turned a year old, happy and content but still not strutting her stuff to potential adopters.

Paris turned two years old, and every adopter who came to Pets Alive was introduced to a shy girl who was getting braver every day and allowing new people to pet her and fawn over her.

Paris turned three years old, and the Pets Alive cat staff voted her the new Weather Cat of Pets Alive, in hopes that even more exposure would bring a family for our sweet quiet girl.

Paris turned four this year….please don’t let Paris turn five at Pets Alive. We know there is a family out there for her, searching for a calm, slightly plump girl to complete their home. We love our Weather Girl Paris, but we dream and hope every single day that her family will walk through that door and give her her happily ever after in a home to call her own.

Help Paris, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find her happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share her story. AND GREAT NEWS!  Paris is one of three animals that have been chosen by a supporter who will donate half of Paris’ adoption fee! So your adoption fee is 50% off!

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Valentina

Valentina – February 2017

 

February 2017. A lonely dog wandering alongside a road in Sullivan County on a cold and snowy afternoon. Every rib protruding, her backbone showing, small wounds on her face. And yet, a will to live in her eyes and hope in the wag of her tail. Starved not only of food but for attention, this is how we welcomed sweet Valentina into the Pets Alive family.

Fast forward to today and Valentina is fully healed, a healthy weight, has an amazing love for life, and so much love to give. We would LOVE to find this girl her forever home for the holidays. She has had such a rough start in life. She deserves to know the love of a family and have a home to call her own for forever. A few requirements: She would do best as an only pet in the household, and preferably no small children, as she can get a little overexuberant when she is playing. Other than that? She just needs someone who is going to love her unconditionally and show her all the good in this world. And she certainly would appreciate someone who will buy her all of her favorite toys!

Valentina – Today!

Help Valentina, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find her happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share her story.

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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