The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Mr. Meowgi

Like most strays, Mr. Meowgi’s life before Pets Alive was a rough one. All we can hope is that, with our unconditional love, he has long forgotten his sad past.

Two years ago, our local Wallkill animal control officer brought us Mr. Meowgi, beaten up and in bad shape. This poor senior was skin and bones, matted with dried leaves, dirty, infested with lice and fleas, and in great need of immediate medical attention. His sweetness told us he was once a beloved pet who had now found himself outside in the cold fighting to survive. Why his circumstance changed we will never know.

Our handsome long-haired boy is ready to warm the hearts of a new family. Twelve years young, all he asks for is sunbeams, a soft bed and unconditional love for his golden years. He is FIV+ positive but doesn’t require any extra care…just your love and your lap for napping!

And guess what? Since the time of this original blog, Mr. Meowgi went home so he’ll spend the holidays with his new family!

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 – Livingston

Seen walking for days back and forth on the same road in Livingston Manor, NY. Did you get lost? Were you left behind? Did they know you’d keep searching for your family? We will never know how you ended up in a sleepy little town of less than 1,500 residents with no one knowing you. What we do know is you must have been very tired when you finally stopped walking and curled up on a friendly stranger’s deck.

Livingston is still looking though. He’s hoping to find a real family to call his own. A family that will cherish and love him unconditionally the way he knows it is supposed to be. Since joining the Pets Alive family, we have learned that Livingston loves other dogs and just about everyone he meets. We also know at some point in his short life, someone took the time to play fetch with him, as he loves to play catch and also makes a great cuddler.

Help Livingston, 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 – Chimney Sweep

How in the world did you find yourself alone, up on a roof, in the rain in Monticello, NY? What a lucky girl Chimney Sweep is that a repair man happened upon her before something even more terrible than being stuck on a roof had occurred.

How this sleek beauty with a nubby little tail found herself up there that day is one of those mysteries never to be solved. What isn’t a mystery is the finer things in life that Chimney likes: Temptation treats, sunbeams, a warm lap and, most importantly to be the center of attention!

Come on in and go to Studio 2A here at Pets Alive and it won’t take you long to figure out who Chimney Sweep is she will be the one in the center of the room demanding you pay attention to her and only her.

Help Chimney Sweep, 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 – Jack

Can’t stop the hugging! Jack the love bug loves to give hugs. Jack had a pretty rough start in life, he was found running down a road in Wallkill, NY, tethered, yes tethered, to another dog with a 3.5 lb chain around his neck.

His bad days are behind him and he is ready to show the world just how much love he has for life and well everyone he meets. This loveable, two-year-old goofball greets each new day with a smile, a toy, and begging for a hug.

So, if you have hugs to spare, a love of adventure, a heart of gold, and you want a big handsome goofball to spoil rotten, we have just the boy for you!

Help Jack, 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 – The Kittens

Liberty, Mabel, Roxy, Davis, Creampuff, Creamsicle and Buttercream are just a few of the 132 stray kittens that were welcomed into the Pets Alive family in 2018.

They were found on the sides of busy streets, under porches, wandering on roads, in wood piles, in garages and sheds. Sadly, it is estimated that a shocking 10,000 kittens are born homeless every single day of the year in the United States. Until we can break the cycle, and everyone spays and neuters their cats, there will continue to be Liberties, Logans, and Creampuffs and many, many more in need of loving homes.

Liberty is the explorer and always eager to check out okay, supervise what you are doing. Mabel is either playing hard or sleeping even harder. Davis is the observer, hanging back, watching and waiting before he makes his move.  Roxy is the darling of the Pets Alive Kitten Nursery.

Help one of our “Stray Kittens” find their happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share their story. And please spay and neuter your pets.

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 – Annie

Six months old and tied to a post outside a New York City firehouse. This is how little orphan Annie’s story begins. Her “hard-knock life” changed forever in October of 2016 when she arrived at Pets Alive.

A big, goofy puppy with sloppy kisses and no doggie manners, it didn’t take us long to realize that one of the biggest reasons for the lack of manners and learning was that she couldn’t hear us or the other dogs. She is completely deaf. Under the guidance of our trainers, volunteers have started working with Annie using hand signals. Annie has proven to be an A+ student and is ready for her Daddy Warbucks to come along and take her off to Easy Street!

Annie does require an experienced owner or one who is willing to come and work with our trainers to learn how to communicate with our sweet girl. And we should mention Annie is a rock star when it comes to doggie playgroup time. She takes cues from her canine friends with amazing skill. 

Help Annie, 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!  Annie is one of three special needs animals that have been chosen by a supporter who will donate half of Annie’s 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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Special $250,000 Matching Gift Opportunity!

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day of global giving!
It is an opportunity to show kindness to causes you cherish.

Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 today to help animals in need and we invite you to join us on this journey! And this is only the beginning. We have begun a $250,000 matching gift challenge, thanks to the generosity of two incredible people!

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT AND DONATE NOW!

In May, 2018, you helped us raise $100,000 to begin repairs to our deteriorating dog kennel building. As we began planning for the first of the many repairs needed, two angels stepped into our lives. Joe and Kelly Sicari, local summer residents, are making a $500,000 donation to Pets Alive towards the dog kennel project, with a pledge for another $250,000 towards the project as a matching donation during our year-end general animal care fundraising efforts!

Each year, you help us care for over 800 homeless animals – cats, dogs and farm animals – that have experienced abuse, abandonment, and homelessness. We rely upon supporters like you to help us continue this lifesaving work. Every dollar you donate now through December 31 to help us pay for general care – pet food, daily care, medical needs, enrichment, and shelter – will be doubled up to $250,000. The matching donation will be added to our dog kennel building project funding.

No donation is too small to help care for the animals. Learn more about the matching challenge on our Giving page.

We thank you for your generosity and kindness!

Prefer to send a check? Mail your donation check by December 31 to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. Your gift will count towards the matching challenge!

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Gracie said goodbye today

Gracie loved to go on hikes with her favorite volunteers, whether it was meandering through our dog trails or on a hike in the mountains. She loved to play, chasing a ball and jumping through the air playing catch. Gracie will be remembered for her spirit of adventure.

Gracie earned her angel wings today as she passed over the Rainbow Bridge. She survived her surgery Thursday evening but remained in intensive care. Today however, she took a turn for the worse. Even though the surgery was successful in removing a foreign object that had punctured her bowel, she could no longer fight the massive infection that had spread throughout her body. Some of Gracie’s favorite people were with her when she passed away late this afternoon.

Our hearts are broken as we mourn her passing. Gracie came to Pets Alive from a shelter in Georgia when she was just a year old. She quickly captured the hearts of staff and volunteers, who would often take her to different local hiking areas in the summer and in the winter. She particularly loved playing in the snow – the cold didn’t bother her in the least!

Thank your for being here for Gracie. Your donations and support enabled us to give her a fighting chance. We are so very grateful for all you have done to help Gracie. She will be dearly missed by so many.

Truly grateful,
Becky Tegze
Executive Director

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BREAKING: Gracie is fighting for her life!

An update as of October 13, 2018

Earlier today, Gracie said goodbye and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. You can read about what happened on our blog posting here. Thank you so very much for your support. She will be missed by many.

The original story posted on October 11, 2018

Just days ago, young Gracie was enjoying her favorite things – taking hikes with her favorite volunteers and dashing around the play yard. But now, suddenly, she is fighting for her life and will undergo emergency surgery this evening with hopes of saving her life.

Last Friday, she showed signs of inactivity, which was unusual for happy-go-lucky Gracie. By Saturday, she lacked her appetite and we immediately took her to our veterinarian. Her bloodwork showed that she has lyme disease and we started her on antibiotics. By Tuesday, she didn’t show any improvement and her stomach was now slightly distended. She went back to our local veterinarian for more aggressive treatment, including x-rays, ultrasounds and testing of the fluid found in her stomach.

Today, that fluid test sample came back showing a massive bacterial infection. We immediately rushed her to Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ, a 24×7 emergency / specialty hospital. Their conclusion is that she needs emergency exploratory surgery NOW. While surgery is high risk, without quickly determining the source of her distress, her condition will rapidly worsen and her life is at risk. She now awaits quietly with a few members of our staff as the medical team prepares for surgery this evening.

The estimate for this surgery is between $7,500-$12,000, depending on what they find. Gracie is only 2 1/2 years old. She came to Pets Alive from a shelter in Georgia when she was just a year old. She deserves a second chance, a chance to run around our play yard once again and go on long hikes.

If there ever was a time an animal at Pets Alive needed you, it’s now. Won’t you donate to Gracie’s emergency medical fund? Even a few dollars will go a long way to help Gracie.

DONATE NOW!

You are always there for the animals and we thank you from the bottom of our heart.

Sincerely,
Becky Tegze
Executive Director

ps…prefer to mail us a check? You can do so by mailing it to: Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

Gracie atop her igloo in Camp Tyler

Gracie playing catch at Pets Alive

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URGENT: Jack and Jill need you!

Jack and Jill ran up the hill…an old nursery rhyme many of us remember as a kid. But earlier this week, Jack and Jill, two dogs, were running for their life – tethered together with an old, frayed leash that looks like it had been joined together for a lengthy period of time. Thanks to our town of Wallkill Animal Control Officer, Jack and Jill (as we named them) were rescued as they dashed down the road. They were brought to Pets Alive, where they are now safe.

These two young dogs had a rough life prior to their rescue. Imagine wearing a heavy 3.5 pound chain collar; that’s what we found on Jack’s neck shown here. A normal sized dog collar, pictured here next to the chain collar, weighs just ounces.

Jack’s mouth had sores and his back end was almost completely without fur. Both dogs also appear malnourished.

Jill’s skin was also spotty and she had sores all over her body. Luckily, they do not have any tick-borne diseases but we are testing for other possible medical conditions, including the cause of their severe skin issues. Both dogs require vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchips. As much as they may have been abused, they are two friendly canines, wagging their tail and just wanting some love – which they will get plenty of at Pets Alive.

Won’t you help Jack and Jill recover from their abuse by making a donation now to our Medical Fund? Every dollar will help these two precious dogs get back to health and ultimately find their forever home.

DONATE NOW!

We thank you once again for your generous support.

Sincerely,
Becky Tegze
Executive Director

ps…prefer to mail us a check? You can do so by mailing it to: Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

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