Will, the puppy

An update as of Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Will’s adopters just sent a message about Will – he’s doing fantastic!

Will - April 2017“Will wants to let everyone know he’s doing amazing and can’t thank you enough for all the love and support he received from pets alive. He’s one of the big dogs and loves running in the fields on the farm. He has the biggest personality!! Thank you all, we couldn’t love him any more.”

Thank YOU, our supporters, for making this happen!

An update as of Thursday, March 9, 2017

Will after surgery 3-8-17

Will after his surgery

Will at vet 3-9-17Will had his surgery yesterday to repair his liver and it went well! He came through the surgery like a little fighter, ready to conquer the world! We are hopeful that he’ll make a full recovery but time will tell; we’ll know more as he heals in the days ahead. He’s also adjusting to his new home and we wish him the best!

Thank you again for your donations to help with Will’s medical costs, sharing his story, and wishing him well. You were what made the difference in his ability to get where he is today!

An update as of Sunday, March 5, 2017

Will and family

Will with his new family

Almost a month to the day that Will, the puppy, was rescued and came to our sanctuary, he’s now found his forever home! He came to us as a sick little puppy with neurological issues, questionable eye sight, and signs of liver dysfunction. After various veterinarian consultations and testing, he’s been diagnosed with a liver shunt, which requires extensive surgery. We are in the process of scheduling the surgery for this coming week, based on the availability of the board-certified surgeon. Will is not “out of the woods” yet; the surgery brings risks, however we are hopeful he will come through like a champ. We are also hopeful that repair of his liver will lead to improved vision and other issues he’s displayed.

Your donations have enabled us to get Will the needed testing and veterinarian consultations to determine the extent of his illness/injury and now his forthcoming surgery. We are so thankful for your prayers, your sharing his story, and for your gifts to help Will. We also thank his foster mom and the staff and volunteers at Pets Alive that helped care for him. Will could not have had such a chance at recovery without your support. Thank you!

An update as of Monday, February 27, 2017

Will at Oradell on 2-24-17

Will with Dr. Farabaugh

On Friday, February 24, Will went to Oradell Animal Hospital for an abdominal ultrasound to determine the extent of his liver dysfunction. A portosystem shunt (PSS) was identified. In short, this means that a portion of the toxins, proteins and nutrients absorbed by Will’s intestines bypass the liver and are “shunted” into the systemic circulation and are therefore not being filtered properly by his liver. This can lead to different health issues, including altered central nervous system function. The treatment of choice for a single PSS is surgery. We are currently working on scheduling Will’s surgery.

As for Will’s eye sight, his visual dysfunction appears to be related to some type of brain trauma Will may have sustained and it could be related to the liver shunt. He has vision in one eye and some vision in the other eye. The doctor does not believe the issue is related to the eyes themselves therefore he didn’t feel seeing an ophthalmologist would be helpful at this time. The brain issue may or may not resolve over time. An MRI would provide more insights, however, the risks of sedating him for the test outweigh any potential benefit right now. His eye sight seems to have improved since we first rescued him and he appears to be doing quite well, so for now, the focus is on his liver.

Will at Pets Alive 2-24-17

Will at Pets Alive

In the meantime, Will continues his medications and the doctor changed up his food diet. After his trip to the doctor, Will came back to Pets Alive for a short visit while awaiting for his foster mom to pick him up. And a huge thank you to Sue N., one of our volunteers, for transporting Will to and from his vet appointment.

An update as of Thursday, February 23, 2017

Will during exam 2-22-17

Will with Dr. Farabaugh

Our boy Will went for his second visit yesterday to see Andrew Farabaugh, DVM, DACVIM, a neurologist at Will at Vet 2-22-17Oradell Animal Hospital. Will’s behavior is “puppy-like” and he was able to maneuver around the exam room, even though he has limited vision. It seems he has some vision in one eye and questionable vision in the other eye, most likely a result of any brain trauma (which may subside over time) and his liver dysfunction. Therefore a visit to an ophthalmologist is not suggested at this time. The liver  condition is the biggest concern right now, therefore Will goes for a sonogram of the liver on Friday, February 24, to determine the extent and location of the dysfunction. Depending on the results, next steps may be surgery or other medical treatment to correct the condition.

Will 2-22-17

Will at his foster home

Once back at his foster home late yesterday, he started his play routine! Check out this VIDEO of Will with his foster mom!

We’ll keep you posted when we get the results of his sonogram – and thank you for your donations and concern for Will.

An update as of Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Will 2-16-17

Will, at his foster home

Will has settled into his foster home nicely. He has some good Will 2-16-17Adays where he acts like a little puppy and other days where he’s a little tired out. Late last week, he went to see our veterinarian for a visit. Currently, Will is partially blind; we are not certain this is permanent but he has adapted well to his environment. The doctor also did some additional testing and we now have the results. The testing showed that he has a liver dysfunction that is not allowing his body to properly filter out toxins produced by normal body processes.  Will has been on medications to help reduce the toxins. He has a follow up visit tomorrow (February 22) with the neurologist and we are working to get an appointment with an internist for an evaluation of Will’s liver condition. He will most likely need a sonogram to better evaluate the dysfunction and he may require more advanced imaging.  In the meantime, he’s being a playful puppy! Thank you again for your donations and/or caring for little Will. We’ll keep you posted when we have further news from his next doctor visit.

An update as of Wednesday, February 15, 2017

At ShirleysWe have some great news about Will, the injured puppy we rescued earlier this month. He’s gone into a temporary foster home! Pictured here, he’s gotten his medication, ate his food, and is all ready for a snooze. Our foster has a room set up for him with a gated area where he can be monitored, yet still roam and play. He’s started to play ball and “tug of war”. His sight also seems to be a little bit better. He has a doctor visit tomorrow with our veterinarian for some additional testing and a checkup, and next week, he goes back to the neurologist for a follow-up visit. Thank you for your support!

An update as of Friday afternoon, February 10, 2017

16650235_10154798820661352_1967942157_nOn Wednesday, Will went to see Andrew Farabaugh, DVM, DACVIM, a neurologist at Oradell Animal Hospital for an evaluation. Will has been put on medication and has another appointment with Dr. Farabaugh in two weeks for a follow-up visit to determine if additional testing or treatment is necessary. 16651924_10154798814466352_1065289517_nWhile we do not yet have a conclusive diagnosis for Will, he seems to be a little more alert than when we first rescued him and he has a great appetite! We are also working on getting him into a foster home where he can be observed closely.  Thank you all for your inquiries, donations and caring for this little pup. 

An update as of Tuesday afternoon, February 8, 2017
Will’s appointment with the neurologist got moved up to day! With an impending snow storm for tomorrow, we were able to get an appointment today and he’s enroute as we speak. And we have some new photos of Will – snuggled up in his blanket and chowing down his meal. Stay tuned for further updates once we hear from the neurologist.

Will-2 2-8-17Will 2-8-17




Thank you for your support to help little Will!

An update as of Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
Will came back to Pets Alive earlier today and he is now resting comfortably in our quarantine area. We don’t have any updated photos as he was all wrapped up in a blanket, snoozing, when he came back and we didn’t want to wake him. Next steps? We do not yet have a diagnosis for what is causing Will’s neurological issues, therefore, he has an appointment on Thursday with a neurologist for an exam and possible other diagnostics.  We will update you when we have more information. Thank you so very much.

Original posting published on February 3, 2017:
This little guy was found on the side of the road, presumed dead – until he started to scream! Not knowing where to go or who could or would help, the good Samaritans rushed to Pets Alive knowing our staff would still be there and ready to help. Janet, our Veterinarian Liason, immediately jumped into action as you see from this video.

The scared 4-month old puppy had blood shot eyes, was unable to stand, was visibly shaking, had irregular neurological movements, tried to eat but couldn’t – and continued to cry.

16523410_10154787918101352_274413862_oOur staff then whisked him off to Flannery Animal Hospital where they are now working to save this little guy’s life. They started by working to reduce swelling of his brain.

We do not yet know his prognosis, if he’ll survive the night, or what medical treatments will be necessary to heal him. Will you help us and make a donation to our Medical Fund so that we can help this little one and the other animals at our sanctuary?


Prefer to send in a check? Make a check out to Pets Alive and mail it to us at 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. THANK YOU so very much for your support.  We can’t do this without you.






Posted in Animal Rescue, Call to Action, Dogs | Leave a comment

Roscoe’s luck changed

An update as of April 26, 2017

RoscoeOn February 13, 2017, Roscoe’s luck changed – he was adopted! He had a long road to recovery…after a lengthy surgery in early January to remove an obstruction from Roscoe’s stomach, and he came to Pets Alive to heal. It was “touch and go” for the first two weeks. We had to monitor him closely on crate rest to ensure he did not have complications from the surgery, and our staff had to feed him small amounts multiple times a day to ensure he didn’t overextend his stomach. He also needed to gain 30 pounds because he came to us severely underweight.

Roscoe adopted

Roscoe and his family

But with a lot of tender-loving care by Pets Alive staff and volunteers, he made a huge turnaround; within a month, he had gained over 5 pounds and his friendly nature helped him become a staff and volunteer favorite. He captured the hearts of the family of one of our volunteers, and in February, he went to his forever home! Check out the picture of him with his new family!

Today, he does all the things a dog should be enjoying. He’s gained his weight back and is having a wonderful time with his new family. We wish Roscoe the best!

Thank you for your support and making this happen!

Original post on January 6, 2017


Roscoe – pre-surgery

Emaciated…bed sores on his body…in pain.  That was Roscoe yesterday when his owners brought him to the veterinarian to be euthanized. They could no longer care for him.


Bed sores on Roscoe’s back

After an initial examination of Roscoe, it appeared that he suffered from an intestinal blockage that had gone untreated.  Roscoe, who should have weighed about 60 pounds for his size, weighed in at a mere 37 pounds, and his back had bed sores causing a painful condition.

With surgery, the obstruction could be removed and given his young age – 4 years old – Roscoe had a good chance for survival. We agreed he deserved a second chance – and his emergency, life-saving surgery began.


Obstruction removed from Roscoe’s intestines

Two hours later, Roscoe was out of surgery.  The veterinarian removed a large intestinal string / foreign body that extended from Roscoe’s stomach to mid-intestines – that’s THREE feet long of intestines! There was also an intestinal perforation that had to be repaired. He was literally moments from developing severe peritonitis, a life-threatening abdominal infection. Roscoe went into recovery and was given a number of antibiotics and medications to maintain his blood pressure.


Roscoe, a day after surgery

A report earlier today from the veterinary hospital gave a “thumbs up” for Roscoe. He is now resting comfortably – and even wagging his tail! He has a normal temperature and his heart rate is improving. He will continue to receive a treatment of antibiotics, pain control fluids and laser treatment for pain and wound healing. And check out this short-video of Roscoe taken earlier today!

Roscoe should be able to come to Pets Alive this weekend to continue his recovery that will include medications, a feeding schedule to help him get to a healthy weight – and a lot of tender loving care. Roscoe will be available for adoption once he heals – but we need your help now to pay for Roscoe’s surgery and post-surgical care.

The initial surgical and treatment expense is about $3,000 – plus continued follow-up care at our sanctuary until he fully recovers. Please help Roscoe by donating to cover his medical and care expenses. At the time of this writing, we have raised about $800 towards his care – but we have a long way to go to reach our goal. Even a small gift will help Roscoe recover and find a new forever home. We cannot do this life-saving work without your help.


Prefer to send in a check?  Make checks out to Pets Alive and mail it to us at 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940.  Write “Roscoe” on the check.

Thank you so very much for your support. And thank you to the dedicated staff at Catskill Veterinary Services for working tirelessly around the clock to save Roscoe’s life!




























Posted in Animal Rescue, Call to Action, Dogs | Leave a comment

Abandoned and alone no more


Imagine the horror when a landlord found Kane – an emaciated dog all alone inside an apartment. Kane had been abandoned, left behind by a family who was supposed to love him, care for him and be there for him forever. Inside the apartment, the toilet no longer had water in it, there was an empty bag of dog food that had been shredded, the walls and carpet were clawed up and garbage was strewn everywhere. Kane exhausted all his resources and energy to find food and water.


Kane practicing his manners

Luckily, the landlord found Kane in the nick of time, and brought him to Pets Alive in May 2015. We immediately took him into our care and put him on extra feedings. His health slowly improved as he gained weight. We then had to work with him on his manners. He snapped when someone gave him treats, pulled hard on the leash and jumped on people when he greeted them. Kane was placed into our all-volunteer “Improving Adoptability” program, a program that works with dogs who have behavioral issues and improves their chances for adoption.


Kane with his volunteer

One of our volunteers, Rich, fell in love with Kane and dedicated many hours working and playing with him. They would sit on the bench enjoying the day together, take walks on our trail through the woods, play in the yard and work on improving Kane’s manners.  The volunteer was not able to adopt Kane because he could not have another dog where he lived but he was determined to help Kane find his forever home. Kane quickly learned his manners and would look forward to his special time with his volunteer.

But one day, tragedy struck. We received very sad news that Kane’s special volunteer had suddenly passed away. Poor Kane had yet lost another person he loved – and we lost a very dedicated volunteer and friend. It became our goal to continue working with Kane in honor of Rich.

Kane at home

Kane in his new home

Kane’s day finally came a year after his arrival at Pets Alive. In May, 2016, he found his forever home! No longer would Kane be hungry or cold, or wonder where his next meal was going to come from.

Kane with kitty

Kane with his special friend

Thanks to your kindness, Kane now has a family that loves him very much – he even has a new kitty friend! We smile every time we see pictures of Kane in his home with his new family. We know that Rich is shining down on this boy too; he would be very proud of his buddy Kane!

Please give a gift to help more animals find their forever family like Kane did.


sueand mattyWritten by: Sue Bagley, Dog Adoption Coordinator








Posted in Dogs | Leave a comment

Thank you

Dear Friends, Adopters, Volunteers and Supporters,

During this time of year in between all the running around and rushing from one party to another, we also take time to reflect on the importance of friends and family.  For most of us family also means the animals in our lives that we love unconditionally.  Our pets are loyal companions and often fill a void that humans cannot. It is a bond that should certainly be treasured and held close to one’s heart.

Sadly, for many animals that bond is often broken by those who had promised to love and protect them for life.  During 2016, Pets Alive helped over 1,100 animals through adoption, rescue, TNR (Trap Neuter Return) and the pet chow pantry.   Despite what many of them have endured whether being abandoned, starved, or deprived of basic and life-saving medical care, we have put their shattered lives back together with thanks to you.  It is because of your support and our communities support that we have been able to impact so many lives and right so many wrongs.

Thank you to our adopters who have given our animals a second chance at a forever home.  To the adopters who have come in and seen past the gray muzzle and adopted a senior dog THANK YOU.  To the adopters who see the hidden love in a shy cat’s eyes and have taken a chance on them THANK YOU.  To the adopters who come for one and adopt two THANK YOU.  To all our adopters you have saved not one but two lives when choosing to adopt as you have given us space to save another life.

To our volunteers: THANK YOU for giving of yourselves selflessly, tirelessly and for loving our animals unconditionally.  To the volunteers who come and walk our dogs in the rain, the snow and the heat THANK YOU.  To our volunteers who come every week and clean and scoop litter boxes with a smile on your face THANK YOU.  To our volunteers who come and muck stalls, fields and groom our farm animals THANK YOU.  To all the volunteers who take our animals to adoption events, greet visitors at Pets Alive, take pictures, run special events, do laundry, work behind the scenes, train our dogs and spend time with shy cats THANK YOU!

And to our supporters: THANK YOU for always answering are pleas for help!  By sending bleach, garbage bags, dog and cat food, paper trays, KMR, laundry detergent, and monetary donations when we take in a medical case or a hoarding case that we can’t afford, rescue is only possible because we know our supporters will be there for us.  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.

On behalf of the Pets Alive family, I want to wish each and everyone one of you a happy and healthy new year.  Stay warm. Stay safe. We look forward to you continuing to be a part our Pets Alive family.

For the animals,





Posted in Animal Rescue, Cats, Dogs | Leave a comment

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

Cam and Ms. Becky

Cam and Ms. Becky

My name is Cam and Ms. Becky is helping me write this letter to you.  I’ve lived here at Pets Alive for over 10 years and I’m not sure if you know where to find me. Just to be sure, Ms. Becky is my very dear friend and she told me if someone really believes with all their heart in the true meaning of Christmas that you could make my wishes come true.  I really do believe Santa! I’m hoping you can make my wishes come true this year.  I have a few and in the true spirit of Christmas they aren’t for me. They are for some of my friend’s here at Pets Alive.




Santa, my very first Christmas wish is for Queen to find a loving home.  Queen is one of Ms. Becky’s favorite cats here at Pets Alive. She gets so sad when she thinks that Queen has been waiting over 4 years for her special family to come and give her a home to call her own.  Queen loves her Pets Alive family and they love her but Ms. Dani, Ms. Anne and Ms. Edna would love nothing more than to tell Ms. Becky that Queen is going home.





Lily is who my second Christmas wish is for. She is really cute and she loves to play dress up.  But sadly, in the last 8 years Lily has been adopted and returned three times and this makes me, Lily and Ms. Sue very blue.  Lily is a loyal girl that gives her whole heart to the people she loves. She loves long car rides and long hikes.  Please, oh please, Santa can you bring a forever home for my friend Lily too?

My third Christmas wish is for hands. Now I realize you don’t have spare hands in stock but if you could send some new volunteers with hands that would be terrific!  Ms. Kory could use some “hands” to help her with events and office work. And Ms. Robin would love some “hands” to help walk and train us doggies. Even the crazy cat ladies in the brick house could use those “hands” to help with all sorts of crazy cat things!  So, if it isn’t asking too much, maybe about 10 sets of new “hands” would be wonderful!  (Psst…Is it ok if I tell you that if Pets Alive had more hands to help then all of my favorite hands could love on me some extra? I promise I’ve been the very best boy you could ever imagine and I love my favorite hands with all of my heart!)

Santa, my last wish is for Ms. Becky and Pets Alive.  You see, Ms. Becky doesn’t worry about herself. She worries about me, Queen, Lily and all of us here at Pets Alive from Joey the horse, to the new dog who just came thru our doors scared and confused, to the itty-bitty baby kittens that kind people find and bring to us that need round o’clock care.  She worries about making sure we are all warm and cozy. She worries about us all having full bellies and lots of yummy treats. She worries about the staff having the supplies and tools they need to care for us. She worries if one of us gets sick and the vet bills pile up too high. She knows this is our home until a furrever home welcomes us and she only wants us to have all the love and care we need…and a lil extra just in case. So please Santa, please send Ms. Becky monthly sponsors so she maybe won’t worry so much.3035818975_8d7e838e85_o

I truly believe in the meaning of Christmas. If you could grant me these four wishes for my friends here at Pets Alive,  I would REALLY believe in Christmas Miracles.

I love you Santa,



Posted in Call to Action, Cats, Dogs | Leave a comment

Iggy needs a home


It was winter the winter of 2015. It was cold. And things had changed for the worse.

Iggy and his 8 feline friends were used to going into their caretaker’s garage where they sought food and shelter. But then one day, the garage door didn’t open. The caretaker had passed away, leaving the cats to fend for themselves.

Lucky for them, Pets Alive became involved with the situation through our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program in the city of Middletown, NY. At first, the TNR team provided feral shelters and worked with a neighbor to provide food and water to the cats until plans could be made to trap at the site.

iggyThen the day came and Pets Alive trapped the 9 cats and got them to the  safety of our sanctuary. The cats were spay/neutered and received appropriate vaccinations and care. The TNR volunteers started naming the bunch after musicians. Iggy, originally for Iggy Azalea, turned into Iggy Pop once it was known he was a boy. He was scared, just like the others, but eventually, he made his way into “the big house” with the other cats available for adoption. There, he joined the Library crew but he would cower, run and hide when approached. But there was one thing that Iggy always loved – food – so he ate well!

Fast forward to the summer of 2016. Iggy and his friends were getting a bit friendlier – and allowed a pat on the head now and again. Then one day, something just clicked! We were able to pet Iggy without him backing away! Eventually, he got comfortable with belly rubs. We knew it was just a matter of time before he’d be adopted.

The beginning of November 2016 proved to be that day. After 2 hours of searching the house, his adopter decided he was the one.  He walked into the carrier and away he went to what we thought would be his forever home. We received a picture of him on her lap about 5 days later and we all smiled. A year and a half of care, love and patience had paid off for our 2 ½ year old Iggy.

But not long after his adoption, horror struck Iggy once again. Early in the morning, his adopter’s apartment complex burned to the ground. Luckily, she and her neighbors got out safely and went to an emergency shelter, but Iggy was still inside. He went into hiding and she was not able to get him out as conditions worsened. But she hoped somehow, he’d be able to escape. We were frantic making calls to the fire department, to the emergency shelter – to anyone that we could think of to find out if Iggy was safe. Eventually, we contacted the building management company. After about 30 minutes, they confirmed Iggy had gotten out along with several other animals and he had been reunited with his adopter at emergency housing! We were so relieved to hear of Iggy’s rescue! Sadly, his adopter had lost everything and told us she  could no longer care for Iggy.


Iggy in the carrier after his rescue from the fire

One of our staff members immediately went to pick him up. He was hiding underneath a piece of furniture but quickly released his fears and let the staff person pick him up and put him in a carrier.

Miraculously, other than a faint smell of smoke on his fur, he was unharmed. We will continue to care for Iggy until his next chance at a forever home comes along. That is what we do. We make a lifetime commitment to all of our animals and want to make sure they are safe and well loved throughout their lives.

Iggy, a day after the fire, back at Pets Alive

Iggy, a day after the fire, back at Pets Alive

Please donate today to help Iggy and all the animals at Pets Alive! And check out our Giving website for more inspiring animal stories.


Prefer to send in a check?  Make checks out to Pets Alive and mail it to us at 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940.  Write “Giving” on the check.

Thank you so very much for your support.  It means a lot to the animals.

Written by Dani Eisenberg, Cat Caretaker at Pets Alive













Posted in Animal Rescue, Call to Action, Cats | Leave a comment

Seconds From Death

Written by: Becky Tegze, Executive Director becky jada

The right place. The right time. The right vet (thank you Dr. Joe!). The end of what we can only imagine was a long, hard and painful journey.  Just like Sacagawea endured many hardships on the trail with Lewis and Clark, our Sacagawea has endured and overcome.  Her long, tough journey to safety is finally over and Sacagawea is safe in our care here at Pets Alive. They say timing is everything and Sacagawea is living proof of that. pic1How Sacagawea’s story began we will never know. What we do know is that she found herself living in a home with far too many cats and far too little care. At some point in her short life, she suffered a trauma to her right eye. This damaged her cornea and allowed her iris to come through the cornea. Since medical treatment was not sought at the time of the injury, the damage is now irreversible.  Luckily, she is not in pain from this injury but it does cause some visual impairment and her pupil is forever distorted.  She is also underweight and infested with fleas. She is being treated for her fleas and time (plus some hearty meals!) is what she needs to get up to a healthy weight.

The bigger problem and the reason for the call for euthanasia was Sacagawea’s left eye.  What started out as a viral eye infection that could have been easily treated with antibiotics and eye drops was left untreated and had become an enlarged, infected eye.  The eye infection was so bad that her eyelid was stuck to her cornea.  Her eye ruptured while being examined!  She now needed emergency surgery to remove her eye.pic2

Sacagawea is resting comfortably at Pets Alive and receiving the medical treatment she has been deprived of for years.  It is amazing to watch the transformation of Sacagawea as she goes from being terrified and in pain to an affectionate attention seeking kitty. We are sure in no time at all, she will be ready for a true and proper furrever home where food and care are taken for granted…as it should be by all of our furry loves! img_0639Thanks to your support we can give her everything she needs and then some to get back in sync with the future she is meant to have: one filled with love. Please help us in our journey with Sacagawea. Her days of adventures are meant to be over and put behind her. A life filled with comfort is the only journey we will plan for her future.

Posted in Animal Rescue, Cats, Medical Cases, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lending a Helping Paw

Written by Becky Lyn Tegze, Executive Directorbecky jada

As rescuers, every day we encounter situations that push our limits as human beings. Some days, our hearts break, we cry as if they were our own, and we rescue. Other days, our hearts rage, we fume and curse everything that contributed to the problem, and we rescue.

But on very rare occasions, we get a plea that stops us in our tracks. Silence. Astonishment. Amazement. We just received that plea.

“Please is there anything Pets Alive can do to save four innocent kittens with bent, twisted and deformed legs at a kill shelter.”  



As I read through the email, I learned that four kittens with leg deformities had been swept up in a TNR (Trap Neuter Return) project on Long Island. The only option had been to put the kittens back out on the streets, where they would not survive and would most likely suffer horribly or be sent to the local shelter that was sadly a kill shelter.

I could hear the desperation in the writer’s email. She had been begging and pleading on social media and reaching out to everyone to try and save these kittens. I shared the email and pictures with the staff and the board of directors, and it wasn’t a matter of if Pets Alive could help but how fast could we get them here!

The day of their arrival everyone was excited and nervous and impatiently waiting for our four new charges. We had decided to name them Andra, Bellona, Demeter, and Drea which all mean strength and courage. Little did we know how very appropriate the names would be for these little girls!



About an hour before the girls were due to arrive here at Pets Alive, I got a message from the transporter saying she was running about an hour late and that one kitten had broken out of its carrier and then let the other kittens out of their carriers. But not to worry: Everyone was fine and lounging on top of their carriers as they were double crated (this means the cat carriers are placed inside a large wire dog crate for safe transport).

She laughed and was like, “They are such silly kittens.” My response was “WHAT?!” That confused the transporter, as she started to reassure me the kittens were all safe and not to worry…this happens all the time…that’s why they double crate. I responded, “Ah, I get that but these are four kittens with leg deformities. How were they able to do that?!” Which, of course, was met with silence on the line, as she was as stunned as I was. Now I really couldn’t wait to meet these special girls who were already showing that a little thing like deformed legs wasn’t going to stop them!



As the girls arrived, the entire staff came out to meet them and welcome them to the Pets Alive family. We were greeted by four of the sweetest and happiest kittens who were purring up a storm as we transferred them from their traveling crate into our quarantine area. We were so prepared to be sad for them. When we saw just how vibrant and full of life they were, we couldn’t help but smile and laugh along with them.

Demeter and Drea both have what can best be described as clubbed front legs. Demeter is actually the kitten that made the jail break out of her carrier and then helped her sisters escape their carriers. Bellona is a doll who looks like she is sitting crisscrossed and Andra’s one back leg looks almost like it was put on upside down and backwards. By the way: She loves to be held like a baby.


Demeter aka Houdini

Andra, Bellona, Demeter and Drea are all now safe and settling in at Pets Alive. They will be going to see our vet and an orthopedic vet very soon to see if or what can be done to help them.   Even if nothing can be done medically, they will never face uncertainty when it comes to love and care ever again. And in the case of Demeter, our little Houdini, we’re not quite sure she needs help in planning future breakouts.  For now, they are loved, safe and being spoiled here at Pets Alive.

Pets Alive exists because of situations like this. We exist to save the lives of those who have no other option. Please consider making a generous gift to Pets Alive to help us continue this work. You, the supporters, are the ones who make these outcomes possible. Without you and your generosity, we could not save the Andras, Bellonas, Demeters, and Dreas who need us the most.

Posted in Animal Rescue, Cats | Leave a comment

Lone Star walks again

Lone Star, the pony we rescued from possible euthanasia, is making great progress in  recovering from laminitis, but his on-going medical needs continue to very expensive. You can help us continue to treat Lone Star by donating NOW to our Saving Pets Challenge — AND your donation will be matched by Sidewalk Angels Foundation giving a double impact to your donation! BUT HURRY!  The Saving Pets Challenge and the matching gift will conclude on Thursday, August 4, at 1:59pm ET.


Read on for more about Lone Star’s health update and how your donations helped him.


Lone Star arrives at Pets Alive in May 2016

Two months ago, Pets Alive took in a very special pony named Lone Star. Lone Star was facing a very debilitating condition called Laminitis and prevented him from walking without pain. Lone Star’s owners wanted to do the right thing for him, but didn’t have the proper environment or the ability to treat him adequately to rehabilitate him. Because of the amount of pain he was enduring, they were faced with having to euthanize him. After speaking to the vet, we believed we could save Lone Star’s life and find him a great home. Treating Laminitis can be very costly and time consuming, and is a condition that can be set off by several factors. While most people think nothing could be better for a horse or pony than to be in beautiful, large, lush field of grass, for Lone Star, this is exactly what caused the Laminitis.


Lone Star’s hoof compared to a normal hoof

Laminitis is a condition that usually starts from eating too much of the sugars found in grass. As a result, the Laminae, the cushion in the hoof wall, gets inflamed and separates from the internal structures of the hoof. Without that support, the bone inside the hoof will actually start to drop, or rotate, downward, causing an immense amount of pain. X-rays were taken of all four feet to assess the damage inside the hoof, and our vet worked with a farrier to develop shoes and pads that stabilize the hooves and provide comfort for his feet. The shoes and pads gave Lone Star almost immediate relief, but it still took a couple of weeks for his condition to stabilize. His feet needed to be soaked in icy water several times a day for as long as he would tolerate. Lone Star now gets his “special sneakers” (shoes and pads) every four weeks.

X-rays were taken again 4 weeks later to be sure there was no more rotation in the bones of his feet. We were on the right track and Lone Star was now moving around comfortably and happy. For horse owners, Laminitis can be one of the biggest fears because sometimes the horse can’t be made comfortable and quality of life becomes and issue. However, if caught and treated in time, it can be managed quite easily.

Lone Star

Lone Star eats with a grazing muzzle

In addition to his hoof issue, when Lone Star arrived, his heart rate was double the normal rate. To treat this condition, Lone Star needed to be removed from eating grass entirely. Over time as his health improved, we allowed him to graze in our pasture. He now goes out for short periods in what is called a “grazing muzzle”.  This allows him to be out in the pasture but limits the amount of grass that he eats while still giving him the freedom to graze and roam like all happy ponies.

We at Pets Alive are dedicated to treating all the animals in our care with the medical attention that they need, but we need your help. Early donations for Lone Star helped us treat his initial medical needs – and THANK YOU for your gift to Lone Star! But his on-going medical expenses are costly.

  • The cost of x-rays, exams and tests alone to assess Lone Star’s initial status was $1,200.
  • The initial shoeing to make him comfortable was $400 for the first two times the farrier came out.
  • But…Lone Star will continue to have shoes and pads every 4 weeks (an average of $200 each time) – plus it costs about $100 a month to feed and care for Lone Star.

We continue to monitor his status and hope that with watchful eyes, we can prevent any complications or re-occurrence of Laminitis, but Lone Star’s care and needs are on going.

You can help us replenish our Medical Fund and continue to help  Lone Star and all the other animals at Pets Alive by donating NOW to our Saving Pets Challenge — AND your donation will be matched by Sidewalk Angels Foundation giving a double impact to your donation! To date, you’ve helped us raise over $19,000 during the 5-week Saving Pets Challenge. Sidewalk Angels Foundation has donated a mid-campaign matching gift of $9,833 that is included in the overall amount raised – but more matching opportunity is available.  The Foundation has pledge up to $25,000 in matching donations!

BUT HURRY!  The Saving Pets Challenge and the matching gift will conclude on Thursday, August 4, at 1:59pm ET. Your donation will be used to replenish our Medical Fund to help Lone Star and so many other animals at Pets Alive.


 Thank you so very much1


Posted in Horses, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Help Kaboom and double your impact

kaboomKaboom is about the sweetest cat you’ll ever meet. He likes chin rubs, purrs when you pet him and he likes to lounge on a lazy afternoon. And he likes all that despite the pain he now endures – but you can help him by donating now!

He first came to Pets Alive last year as a sweet little kitten, joyful and playful. It wasn’t long before Kaboom found his forever home in January 2016 – and so he settled in!

Kaboom-newKaboom’s world however, came crashing in when he developed a skin condition causing him excessive itching. He’d scratch his face so much that eventually he started to rip the skin from his face and it’d bleed. His owner tried different things to no avail and soon Kaboom was returned to Pets Alive.

Kaboom faceUpon his return, we tried a multitude of treatments from diet to medications – even a skin biopsy – only to find no known cause for his itching. We then decided to place him in a foster home so he would get more individualized care and to determine if environmental causes were adding to his ailment. He was soon returned to the sanctuary however, as he developed yet a different skin condition that he’s now being treated for.

All of this cost money. You can be part of the team that funds Kaboom’s recovery and replenishes our Medical Fund to help many other animals as well. Simply make a donation to Pets Alive’s fundraiser in the Saving Pets Challenge by August 4th —  and your donation will be MATCHED dollar for dollar by Sidewalk Angels Foundation!

Donate Now!

Medical Fund needs replenishment

On July 5, we entered the Saving Pets Challenge, a fundraising campaign by Michelson Found Animals for organizations focused on reducing shelter euthanasia. The Challenge runs through August 4th and a total of $150,000 will be given away by the sponsors. The top 5 fundraising organizations will receive donations ranging from $5,000 to $50,000!  And this week, there are two additional opportunities from the sponsors. Think how incredible it would be if Pets Alive were to win any of these donations!

  • If we raise at least $500 between July 26th and August 2nd, we’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three $2,500 donations.
  • The organization that raises the most online between July 26th at 2pm ET and August 2nd at 1:59:59pm ET will get $5,000 for their cause.

We now invite you to donate to the Challenge – and help Kaboom recover as well as helping the other animals at our sanctuary. If you’ve already donated to this campaign or formed a fundraiser – THANK YOU! Together, we’ve raised over $11,000 to date but this is short of our goal of raising $50,000 – and garnering the entire match.

Double your impact by donating
Sidewalk Angels Foundation, a New York-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 2003 by Grammy Award Winning Artist Rob Thomas and his wife Marisol Thomas, has pledged up to $25,000 to Pets Alive as a matching donation in the Saving Pets Challenge!

Earlier this week, they made their first contribution and matched the first $5,394 donated to the Challenge! Sidewalk Angels Foundation will continue to match dollar for dollar up to $25,000, for every donation made online as part of Pets Alive’s Challenge website. Please donate now so that we maximize this very generous pledge for the animals. That means your donation is doubled and even more animals are helped:

  • $10 for one microchip ==> $20 for TWO microchips
  • $25 deworms 2 canines ==> $50 for FOUR canines dewormed
  • $45 pays for a spay/neuter surgery for one feline ==> $90 for TWO spay/neuters
  • $75 pays for a spay/neuter surgery for one canine ==> $150 for TWO spay/neuters 
  • $500 pays for one dental surgery ==> $1,000 pays for TWO dentals
  • $1,000 pays for a critical surgery ==> $2,000 pays for TWO surgeries 

There are two ways you can help:

1.  Make a donation. Simply Go Here and click on “Donate”.

2.  Please consider joining our team as a fundraiser now through August 4. By reaching out to your network of supporters, you can help us make an even bigger impact. It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is Go Here and click ‘Fundraise for This Campaign.” Any money you raise will also be included in the matching gift and your impact will be doubled!

And remember, to be eligible for the Saving Pets Challenge and matching gift, your donation MUST be made online at the above Challenge website by August 4 at 1:59pm ET.

Donate or form a team here!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment