COVID-19 Update and Pets Alive

Because of them, we can’t close, we can’t stop

As the world around us seems to be turning upside down and our lives are disrupted in ways none of us could ever have imagined, the amazing Pets Alive staff is doing what they do best – standing strong and not stopping because lives depend on them.

Just this week, staff spotted two individuals by our dumpsters taking stuff out of their car – a bag of cat food, a bag of litter and two innocent cats in a cat carrier to be left behind. The cats are safe at Pets Alive and are being cared for. They will go up for adoption, business as usual – but business as usual is not the world we are in at this moment in time.

These 2 cats were left on our property earlier this week but are now safe at Pets Alive

We have temporarily closed to visitors and volunteers

To our volunteers and visitors who work on the front lines in health care, police officers, firemen and women, grocery stores, warehouses, truck drivers and others that must keep going, we want to say THANK YOU. 

We love our volunteers and visitors. You are the lifeblood of our organization, but we now must take these actions.

  • We will not reopen to volunteers for at least another 10 days. We need to protect our staff and our volunteers. If our staff becomes sick, we will be calling on our volunteer force, like never before, to help with every part of the daily feeding and caring of our animals. Think of our volunteers as our “relief pitchers” to be called in during the bottom of the ninth inning to bring us all home!
  • We are also closed to all casual visitors until further notice. 
  • New Volunteer Orientation has been suspended for at least the next few weeks.

We are still doing adoptions – but by appointment only

  • If you have been thinking about a new addition to your family, we really encourage you to consider adopting at this time. What better time to adopt a new best friend than when you are working from home and can help them acclimate to their new home and family!
  • You can view all our animals on our website. We have over 200 wonderful animals looking for a home.
  • We also will be highlighting our adoptable dogs, cats, sheep, and horses on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
  • Have a question about an animal you see? Please email us at adoptions@petsalive.org and our adoption team will gladly respond.
  • See someone you would like to meet? Please fill out our adoption application HERE and wait to hear from our adoption team about coming in. We are also working on setting up Facetime and Skype meetings with potential adopters and animals. Chico and Mia are just a few of the animals available for adoption!

Four-year-old Chico is a master at playing ball! He’s an active dog looking for a new home.

Mia is a friendly senior looking for a new home after her prior owner died. She needs to be the only pet in the home.

Here’s some information for pet owners

  • Wondering about your pet and COVID-19? Click on the link HERE for useful information for pet owners published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Have a plan for your pets in case you get sick.

To all of you, we would not be here without you and your continued support which is essential to saving lives now more so than ever. This global pandemic will impact all of us, but we can only continue to help the innocent, voiceless animals with your help and support. We are grateful to have you all in our corner, ready to help us continue to fulfill our mission of helping animals in need.

Becky Tegze
Executive Director
Pets Alive

You can also mail us a check at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

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