Double your impact with HV Gives!

Today is Hudson Valley Gives, an annual Day of Giving! Pets Alive is one of hundreds of local charities in the Hudson Valley that are participating – and we have a matching challenge! Your donation will be DOUBLED up to $1,000, thanks to an anonymous donor.

How can you help?

Your act of kindness today will make a huge impact to the animals of Pets Alive. All donations to this 24-hour event on May 15 will be used to prepare the many kittens and puppies for adoption. In 2018, we rescued 224 kittens and 96 puppies. This year will be no different. Most will need to be spay/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, fed, socialized and nurtured. For instance…

Larry, a 13-week-old Catahoula Leopard dog, came to Pets Alive recently with his siblings, most of whom have been adopted. This little pup is still available for adoption and is anxiously waiting for that special person(s) to come along and take him home. Your gift today will help us care for Riley until that day arrives.

These young kittens just arrived at Pets Alive on the eve of HV Gives! They will be available for adoption in the coming week or two. Your gift today will help us spay/neuter them, ensure they are up to date on vaccinations and microchipped, fed nourishing food and pampered until they find their forever home.

We need your help to help these precious animals. Please join our campaign and donate by 11:59pm ET on May 15 to help us reach of our goal of raising $5,000. YOUR GIFT WILL BE DOUBLED UP TO $1,000!

Additionally, your gift could help us win one of the many prizes donated by HV Gives sponsors.

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization and this great community!

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BREAKING: Hemi is fighting for his life and needs your help

Hemi, a 10-week-old Husky pup, is fighting for his life. Just a short while ago, Hemi was having a seizure and his owners were not in a position to pay for his medical needs and gave him up. We didn’t even “blink” about taking Hemi into our care. Our veterinarian, Catskill Veterinary Services, jumped into action as you see from the video and stabilized Hemi. (Please note the video may be disturbing.)

Hemi is stabilized by the team at Catskill Veterinary Services

Upon initial examination, it’s possible he may have a liver shunt, a life-threatening liver dysfunction, or other critical condition, but further testing will be required. Hemi needs around-the-clock medical care so once he was stabilized, we rushed him to Oradell Animal Hospital. There he is receiving further supportive care. He will also undergo additional tests to determine his underlying medical condition and what treatment options lie ahead for Hemi.

Will you help Hemi and make a donation now to our Fund The Shelters Challenge to help us pay for his care? Your gift will be DOUBLED thanks to a matching pledge from Sidewalk Angels Foundation! All donations made in the Fund the Shelter’s Challenge now through May 9 will be DOUBLED up to $20,000 and will be used to replenish our medical fund. Any size donation will help Hemi.

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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

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URGENT: 25 cats and kittens just rescued need your help now!

The smallest of 6 kittens to arrive at Pets Alive.

Many experts will agree that the first part of recovery is admitting you have a problem.  A few days ago Pets Alive received a call just like that — a call for help! A local woman admitting she had a problem. We knew we couldn’t turn our backs on her or the cats that were in desperate need of medical attention. Even though kitten season is here, our cattery is full, and our medical expenses are already close to $10,000 a month, our team prepared to help 25 cats and kittens.

With the help of both the City of Middletown and the Town of Wallkill’s Animal Control Officers, a team from Pets Alive rescued 19 adult cats and 6 kittens who are now receiving the care and medical attention they so desperately need.

The team at Catskill Veterinary Services helping Hollywood

Three of the cats in critical condition were immediately rushed to our vet in an effort to save them. Sadly, two of the felines were too far gone with tumors and kidney disease for us to save. The third, a senior tabby boy, who we have named Hollywood, has been hospitalized.  He is severely dehydrated with an extremely elevated white blood count and protein levels. With the help of IV fluids and antibiotics, we are hopeful we can pull Hollywood through but he has a long road ahead of him. The good news is our vets report he is eating small amounts of special anorexia-diet prescription food, but for the time being he must remain hospitalized, as he is still in critical condition. This quality care all costs a lot of money.

Not only are we now facing an ever-growing vet bill for Hollywood’s hospitalization, but all the cats and kittens we have taken in need to be: vaccinated, dewormed, treated for fleas, snap-tested, microchipped and given antibiotics for upper respiratory infections. Those not altered will need to be spayed/neutered and many are suffering from horrible dental disease.  All of this is going to cost thousands!

We answered her plea for help. Will you answer ours?

Help us care for these cats in need and the many others at Pets Alive by donating to our Fund The Shelters Challenge sponsored by Michelson Found Animals. Sidewalk Angels Foundation has pledged up to $20,000 as a matching gift to help us raise money! All donations made in the Fund the Shelter’s Challenge now through May 9 will be DOUBLED up to $20,000 and will be used to replenish our medical fund.

Prefer to send a donation check? Mail it to us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. Please write “Challenge” on the check. Check donations will be doubled and get the matching gift, however they are not eligible towards the sponsor prizes. Only online donations count towards the sponsor prizes.

And thank you for your everlasting support so we can help these cats and so many other animals.

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Moving forward with the Dog Kennel Transfurmation project

A new dog kennel building is our dream and we’re closer to making that happen, in large part, thanks to you who supported our “Dog Kennel Transfurmation” fundraiser last spring. We held the 2018 Saving Pets Challenge, our annual month-long fundraising campaign, and a subsequent Giving Grid matching challenge by a private donor. You helped us raise $100,000 to begin major repairs on our deteriorating dog kennel building.

Last summer we began to collect vendor bids to replace the roof, but then two wonderful donors, Joe and Kelly Sicari, made a $750,000 pledge to help move the project from repairs on the old building to potentially building a new one. They wanted to help us in a very big way, and donated the first $500,000 in December 2018 and challenged us to a $250,000 matching gift for the remainder. We kicked off the matching gift pledge at our 2018 Harvest of Hope gala event and recently reached our goal.  Therefore, the next gift will be made soon, bringing our total capital fund for the project up to $850,000.  This money is now restricted, only to be used for this project.

To begin, we hired Shelter Planners of America, a national team of experts, to conduct a needs assessment so we could determine the best approach to move forward. We began that work in December, 2018, which took several months to complete due to the extent of the analysis. They recently delivered us a draft report on March 27, 2019; we have provided feedback, and they will deliver a final report in early May.

The report provided invaluable feedback after taking the time to understand our workflow needs, including the probable cost of a new building based on market rates. They also suggested the current building is nearing its useful life and it would cost almost as much to repair it as it would to build a new structure.

We are now pursuing building a new kennel, assuming town of Wallkill board approvals – keeping in mind our current maximum budget is $850,000 for this project.

Our next step is to hire an architect to develop a conceptual design of the building, which is needed to develop a Site Plan for a meeting with the town / zoning boards. We will engage an architect to complete the conceptual design in early May, as soon as the Needs Assessment is finalized. The conceptual design process will take a few months to complete, but is the next necessary step forward. Developing a Site Plan and getting approval from the town will also likely take several months, so realistically it could be late in the year before we’re in the clear to solicit bids for the construction work.

While this project is taking longer than we initially thought when we entered the Saving Pets Challenge last year, in the long run, this is a better solution for our animals – and staff, volunteers, and visitors. A new facility will be modern and efficient, saving us money on utilities; a less stressful environment for the dogs; a more effective lobby and adoption area; better organized workflow including administrative, medical, and other needed rooms; and adding other safety features we do not have today.

All this, however, will boil down to what comes out of the town board meetings, whether we gain approval, and the final cost. We cannot however, determine a final cost without that conceptual design. We also do not yet know what we will do with the existing building. That is to be determined and needs to be addressed within the $850,000 budget.

We will keep you posted by early summer when we’ll be completing the conceptual design work. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to us on board@petsalive.org.

Thank you for your patience and for your partnership in rescue!

From the Pets Alive Board of Directors

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Help a senior animal enjoy their golden years

Ever consider adopting a senior cat or dog? While the young kittens and puppies are so very cute and playful, many of our senior animals are too! Some prefer just to hang out with you but others are quite spirited and enjoy a long walk or a romp in the yard.

We currently have 44 cats and dogs that are senior in age – and have one thing in common. They are patiently waiting, and someday, someday we know they will find that special home. But until then, we will continue to care for them.

Check out our video and meet some of our senior cats and dogs!

Want to learn more about our amazing seniors? Email us at adoptions@petsalive.org or go to our website at www.petsalive.org.

Can’t adopt right now? Help us care for these animals and the many others at Pets Alive by donating to our Fund The Shelters Challenge sponsored by Michelson Found Animals. Sidewalk Angels Foundation has pledged up to $20,000 as a matching gift to help us raise money! All donations made in the Fund the Shelter’s Challenge now through May 9 will be DOUBLED up to $20,000 and will be used to replenish our medical fund.

Prefer to send a donation check? Mail it to us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. Please write “Challenge” on the check. Check donations will be doubled and get the matching gift, however they are not eligible towards the sponsor prizes. Only online donations count towards the sponsor prizes.

A special thanks to Pets Alive volunteer Britney Schoonmaker, who made this video for us and to musician Rob Thomas for his permission to use his music in the video.

We thank you and so do the animals!

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Caboodle needs your help

Caboodle at Pets Alive after her surgery

When Caboodle went for a ride on Easter Sunday, he figured he was going someplace fun with the family to celebrate the day. Little did he know, he was being returned to Pets Alive after living in a household for 8 years. Caboodle, a 10-year-old senior, didn’t take to the new 2-year-old pup the family got. The young dog was rambunctious and too excitable for Caboodle’s more laid-back style. Seniority didn’t matter. Caboodle lost out and back to the shelter he went.

When Caboodle came in, we noticed a growth under his eye so on Tuesday, he had surgery to remove the growth. He’s now back at Pets Alive and out and about, waiting for his new home! But now we are faced with the surgical expense.

Candella

Then there’s Candella, a 6-year old dog who came from a shelter in Georgia in 2015 along with her puppies. Candella got adopted a few months later but then came back shortly thereafter. She has now been at Pets Alive for over 3 years awaiting her forever home. She prefers a quiet household but once this sweet girl gets to know you, she loves belly runs and snuggling by your side.

Kelly Sue

And finally, there’s Kelly Sue, a 7-year-old cat, was adopted and lived in a home but came back to Pets Alive after the daughter went to college and the family no longer wanted the cat. She’s now looking for her forever home once again.

All three of these animals have something in common. Adopted…and returned by a family that would not or could not care for them any longer. Pets Alive makes a life-time commitment to an animal. Once they are adopted, if it doesn’t work out, we will take the animal back and care for him or her until they find another home.

But all this takes money. Won’t you make a donation today to help pay for Caboodle’s surgery and care of Candella, Kelly Sue and all the 200-plus animals here at Pets Alive?

Sidewalk Angels Foundation has pledged up to $20,000 as a matching gift to help us raise money! All donations made in the Fund the Shelter’s Challenge now through May 9 will be DOUBLED up to $20,000 and will be used to replenish our medical fund.*Hundreds of animal rescue organizations are entered into the Challenge; the organization that raises the most money by May 9 will win a $50,000 grant from sponsor, Michelson Found Animals! To learn more about the Challenge: GO HERE.

Prefer to send a donation check? Mail it to us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. Please write “Challenge” on the check. Check donations will be doubled and get the matching gift, however they are not eligible towards the sponsor prizes. Only online donations count towards the sponsor prizes.

We thank you and so do the animals! Your support is crucial to preparing animals for adoption and keeping them healthy as they await their forever home.

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BREAKING! Double your impact with our matching gift opportunity

You have the opportunity to make miracles happen! For a limited time, supporters like you have the opportunity to have twice the impact when you make a gift to the animals in our Fund the Shelters Challenge*, a month-long online fundraising event.

Sidewalk Angels Foundation, a New York-based, non-profit organization founded in 2003 by Grammy Award Winning Artist Rob Thomas and his wife Marisol Thomas, has pledged up to $20,000 as a matching gift to help us raise money in the Fund The Shelters Challenge! All donations made in the Challenge now through May 9 will be DOUBLED up to $20,000. Check out the video below for a special message from Cam, a Pets Alive long-time canine resident, and Sidewalk Angels Foundation – and make your donation now!

*Hundreds of animal rescue organizations are entered into the Challenge; the organization that raises the most money by May 9 will win a $50,000 grant from sponsor, Michelson Found Animals! And this week, the sponsor has a special “bonus” mini-challenge. The group that raises the most money online between April 16-23 will win $5,000! With your help, that could be Pets Alive! To learn more about the Challenge: GO HERE.

Prefer to send a donation check? Mail it to us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. Please write “Challenge” on the check. Check donations will be doubled and get the matching gift, however they are not eligible towards the sponsor prizes. Only online donations count towards the sponsor prizes.

We thank you and so do the animals! Your support is crucial to preparing animals for adoption and keeping them healthy as they await their forever home.

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We need your help! Fund The Shelter Challenge launches

Jack, Lonestar and Tom the Tabby are three of the nearly 250 animals currently living at Pets Alive.

  • Jack and his mate, Jill, both stray dogs, were rescued as they were running down a country road. They are both friendly dogs but continue to deal with occasional skin issues that requires treatment.
  • Lonestar, a pony with personality, was saved from euthanasia when his owners could no longer care for his laminitis, a painful hoof disease. Treatments over time have healed his laminitis, however, Lonestar now has Cushing’s Disease, a dysfunction of the pituitary gland. He is now on medication for life and is doing well.
  • Tom the Tabby, an extremely affectionate cat, was rescued from euthanasia and is now being treated for incontinence issues resulting from an injury to his tail.

They are three of the nearly 800 cats, dogs and farm animals that will call Pets Alive home this year until they get adopted, no matter how long that takes. Whether it’s routine vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchips, deworming, flea treatment, dental treatment, surgery, injuries or illnesses, it all takes A LOT OF MONEY to provide for their medical care. In fact, we spent about $110,000 in medical expenses in 2018.

Please help us raise at least that much in the Fund the Shelters Challenge*, a new online fundraising campaign that kicks off April 9 at noon and runs through May 9. Our goal is to raise at least $110,000 to replenish our Medical Fund. The organization that raises the most money will win a $50,000 grant from sponsor, Michelson Found Animals!

Please help us replenish our Medical Fund so together, we can continue to save hundreds of lives:

  • Make a donation. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.
  • Sign up as a team member and help us fundraise. Click on “Join” button on our Challenge page.
  • Share this with all your friends and family!

*To learn more about the Challenge, please go to their website and click on “About the Challenge”: GO HERE.

We thank you and so do the animals! Your support is crucial to preparing animals for adoption and keeping them healthy as they await their forever home.

Prefer to send us a check? Mail it to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940 and write “Challenge” on the check. While only online donations on the Challenge webpage count towards the sponsor prizes, ALL donations will be used to replenish our medical fund.

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Heroes Wanted!

Help us heal their broken hearts.

Becky, Executive Director

We make a promise to every animal that comes through our doors and becomes part of the Pets Alive family: You will always have a place, you will always be loved, and we will do everything we can to see you happy.

The past few weeks have been hard on staff. In some worlds, that would mean workloads and deadlines. In our world, that means seeing a senior dog losing their family, being given away without even a backward glance from the people who were supposed to love them. Watching their spirit leave them as the only family they have known for years turns their backs and walks away. Each day a little bit more hope vanishing from their eyes, as it starts to sink in that their family is not coming back for them, even as they sit and watch at the front of their kennels. Listening to their whimpers as they spend another night in a kennel instead of at the foot of a bed. The confusion in their eyes as their “owners” hand off their leash and they are walked from their world of warm beds, cozy carpeting and their own human into the world of a homeless pet: concrete, steel and barking dogs.

But this story is not about the people who failed Lexi, Kara and Heath. This is the story about their next chapter that we hope will include you in their corner, fighting along with us to find them a family who will love them — gray muzzles and all.

Lexi

“Just Love Me” Lexi was a beloved pet for 8 years with a family and children to call her own. Now she is looking for a true hero as she enters the last part of her life. A victim of divorce and financial struggles, Lexi’s medical care was not a priority for her family. Now back with us, we are making it our number-one priority and are hoping for the best for this lovable senior. Lexi leans in to us, as if she just can’t get enough love. Lexi is housebroken, walks great on leash, and has lived with children, another dog and two cats. She does have an ugly looking mass on her back that we were told has more than tripled in size in the past few months. While we work on her medical needs, we are looking for a hero to step up and take this sweet 10-year-old senior into their hearts and home. Will you be Lexi’s hero?

Heath

Sweet, gentle soul Heath just wants to be loved. You can see his eyes light up when someone gives him the affection he is craving. He walks great on leash and is so happy when it is his turn for a walk. He does fine with low-energy dogs his own size and would do best in a home with older children, as the young ones seem to scare him. Heath was adopted as a puppy 5 years ago and had a great life until his owner moved away and left him behind; now, after living in a home, he finds himself living in the whole new world of a dog kennel.

Kara

Don’t let those gray hairs fool you! Kara is just 7 years young and can keep up with the youngsters. This lady loves everyone she meets. Kara is that girl who wants nothing more than to be the center of your world! She will reward you with a gentle paw, many kisses and her unconditional love. She does have just one request: that she be your one and only four-legged friend, as she just doesn’t like to share the spotlight and affection, but can you really blame a girl?

Do you have what it takes to be a hero? We think you do! Lexi, Heath and Kara are waiting at Pets Alive for their heroes. Please don’t make them wait long — they need you! Wonder if you have what it takes? Email our adoption team at adoptions@petsalive.org, who will happily answer any and all questions. Pets Alive is open 7 days a week. Just come on in and tell us you are ready to be a HERO!

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No Horsing Around — It’s Time For School!

Joey when he arrived at Pets Alive

Written by: Joyce Washnik, Pets Alive Volunteer

Joey came to Pets Alive in 2015, a victim of severe neglect. Sadly, the 8-month-old horse had been living on an abandoned property by himself. Scared and malnourished, Joey was rescued and brought to Pets Alive to be rehabilitated.

With patience and persistence, the staff helped the young horse overcome his fear of humans and start to trust. It helped that Joey was naturally curious and very willing to learn.

Joey this past summer

Now a healthy and happy boy, Joey is headed for 3-4 months of intense training. Pets Alive has teamed up with a Middletown-based professional trainer, who will work to get Joey ready to be started under saddle. Everyone is optimistic that our boy will thrive, as he handles well in halter and enjoys experiencing new things.

No one knows that better than Barbara Whyte, a local trainer who worked with Joey last summer. She gives high praise to the Standardbred gelding, who she describes as sweet-natured and smart: “He will benefit from a professional training program. He is still young, so he can be a little opinionated at times, but with a professional program, he will excel. He does want to figure it out but he’s just confused because he’s never had to do any of this.”

During her time with Joey, Barbara would visit him 3-4 times a week, gaining his trust and focusing on ground work. Now, she adds, he is ready for the next stage of his training. “He has not had anybody up on his back yet. That is the goal: to have him able to be ridden.” She adds that Joey’s natural curiosity will help, as he learns to trust his new trainer and feel safe around him.

Even after he completes his training, Joey is going to be a work in progress, known as “green broke” in the horse world. “But at that point he will be far more adoptable than he is now,” says Barbara.

Because of that, he would do best being adopted by an experienced horse person. “He’ll make a connection with somebody and be able to do what they want. I think he could really go in any direction,” adds Barbara, from jumping to dressage.

The plan is for Joey to reside off-site at the professional facility, working with his new trainer most days and getting accustomed to his surroundings. The intense program will be expensive, which is where you, our generous supporters, come in. Estimates for training and board are approximately $4,000-$5,000.

Joey spreading the news he is going to school!

Can we count on you to help cover Joey’s “tuition” so our beautiful Bay-colored boy is ready for his final adventure: a forever home?

 

Alternatively, you can mail us a donation check to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940 and write “Joey” on the check or call us at 845-386-9738 to call in a credit or debit card donation.

Thank you, in advance, for helping Joey thrive!

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