How To Save A Life

Written by: Cindy O’Brien, Barn Manager cindyhorse

In the rescue world, you never know when you will get a call that will change an animal’s world forever. In Sept 2015, Pet’s Alive received a call from a concerned citizen, about an emaciated horse and reported that there was prior, 2 horses in the field. Orange County Sheriff’s Dept was notified immediately and they asked Pet’s Alive’s Farm Manager, Cindy O’Brien, for assistance in evaluating the horse. Upon arrival it was clear this mare was extremely malnourished- all skin and bones. Her hip bones, ribs and spine were clearly visible. She had no muscle mass. Her feet were overgrown and all chipped up. Her mane and tail were full of burrs. She had fungus from head to toe and large patches of hair loss. The Investigator proceeded to look around the property and what he found was horrifying. In a stall was the body of a horse that was clearly there for some time. It was very apparent that the existing horse needed to get out of the property that day, and Cindy and the Investigator were not leaving until she was safe.

It takes a village to save a life. Calls were made to other rescues to get transportation. Our vet was on call and ready to examine her as soon as she came in. Staff and volunteers offered assistance with anything needed. Concerned citizens gave donations to help with her care. Once safely at Pet’s Alive, the work of caring for all her needs began. We named the mare, Birdie.

Birdie Arriving at Pets Alive

Birdie Arriving at Pets Alive

Birdie’s life changed that day. If it weren’t for our ability to call to action, she would have had a very different fate. Birdie gained over 250 lbs at Pets Alive. It took months to clear up the fungus and her feet were in such bad shape that it took almost a year with constant care to get them in good shape. This neglected, malnourished girl is now the stunning horse that greets our visitors.

Just caring for medical needs, rehabilitation and love isn’t the only thing we do at Pet’s Alive. We go through the entire court process with them. As a holding facility for Law Enforcement we document and work with District Attorneys until, hopefully, they are signed into our care permanently. Birdie’s case lasted over 18 months. In that time frame, the Defendant owes us $12,444 for her care. We won our case and also won the restitution. However, even on a case that we win, you never know what will happen. As the Defendant was leaving the court room, another Detective grabbed him. He was arrested. The Detective told us later that they were trying to track him down for some time. They were able to finally get him because he was in court. Birdie was saved by Law Enforcement and also paid back the favor!

Birdie Today!

Birdie is officially safe in our care and ready to find her own furever, loving home. Unfortunately we may not see the restitution owed for her care, but we are thrilled that we helped save a life! Everything we do is for the love of the animals and we want to continue to give them the care they need, and to be able to help those, like Birdie, that are so deserving of a great life. You can help by donating, volunteering, and getting involved! You can help save a life!


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Meet our Memorial Day Soldier

An update on June 27, 2017

SoldierSoldier, a very senior dog, came through our doors on Memorial Day, blind, deaf and emaciated. He could barely walk. We loved him unconditionally from the moment we set our eyes on him, as he labored down our driveway. Soldier’s health continued to  deteriorate and he was in a lot of pain. After consulting with our veterinarian, through tears and with broken hearts, we helped Soldier cross the Rainbow Bridge last week.  Run free of pain our sweet Soldier; we didn’t know you long but you were loved and will never be forgotten by your Pets Alive family. Rest In Peace Soldier, until we meet again.

Original posting on June 1, 2017

Over the past 5 weeks, you have followed our stories and may have donated to our Saving Pets Challenge. Thank you for your everlasting support!  Today (June 1) at 1:59pm ET, the Challenge concluded – and you helped us exceed our $50,000 fundraising goal! Together, we raised $59, 768 thanks to your generosity – and thanks to the generosity of Sidewalk Angels Foundation, who exceeded their initial $25,000 pledge and donated just shy of $30,000 in matching gifts! This is an amazing accomplishment and we can’t begin to thank you for your help in donating, in sharing the Challenge and supporting us over the past 5 weeks.

Together, this money will help so many animals, like Soldier, one of our most recent rescues.

Solider 1Soldier came to Pets Alive deaf, nearly blind and clearly starved, both in body and spirit. On Memorial Day, a day when many other families were enjoying a day off, our dog staff was on hand and ready to feed, comfort and pamper this old gentleman. It’s been a long time since Soldier was someone’s cherished pet, but that didn’t stop him from soaking in the love he instantly felt, being spoiled and finally safe.

Solider 2Our team was on hand to provide for his every need, from assessing his medical condition – he has advanced stage cataracts – and giving him kisses, to providing for him a much needed holiday feast. Soldier is now undergoing various tests – from blood work, urine analysis and SNAP 4DX testing – to determine if he has any conditions which require treatment.

Your donations from the Saving Pets Challenge will help Soldier heal – in addition to so many other animals. We are forever grateful for your support and helping so many homeless animals. Together we give them hope and a second chance at life.

Becky Tegze
Executive Director
Pets Alive

*Note: Missed the deadline for the Saving Pets Challenge and the matching donation? You can still donate to our Medical Fund and help Soldier by donating here. Thank you!

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Rescue doesn’t take a holiday

Bon Jovi

Meet “Bon Jovi”

As most of the country was preparing to enjoy a long holiday weekend with BBQs and time with family and friends, the Pets Alive family spent Friday night very differently. Not shopping, not firing up the grill, they cancelled any plans to put their feet up and relax. Instead, the Pets Alive cat team stayed at work well into the night, readying our quarantine space in order to welcome five special kitties who had just been rescued from a horrendous situation. Covered in fleas, urine, and feces, each cat was greeted with nutritious food, unconditional love, and a clean, safe space to start their first steps toward their new lives.

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Meet “Steven Tyler”, who is missing a front leg

The next order at hand was to to assess their overall health and name the cats – we named them after singers. Some of the cats have special needs like “Steven Tyler”, who is missing a front leg, and another female cat, “Cyndi Lauper”, doesn’t have  hind legs. We welcome all of these cats and will work to get them healthy and find loving homes for them.

When you support Pets Alive this is what you’re helping to provide: not just safe berths and healthy meals, but open arms for those that need us the most, 365 days of the year: love doesn’t take time off!

Meet "Lady Gaga"

Meet “Lady Gaga”

We are entering the last few days of the Saving Pets Challenge. Donate now, and every dollar you donate will be MATCHED by Sidewalk Angels Foundation, up to $25,000! We are so close to our goal, but we still need your help to get there. Please open your hearts and support Pets Alive and the lifesaving work that happens every single day of the year. HURRY – the Challenge and the matching donation opportunity conclude on Thursday, June 1.


Thank you so very much!

Becky Tegze
Executive Director
Pets Alive

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URGENT! Bob is in pain. Please help.


Bob in 2014


Bob knows about enduring pain. In 2014, he was rescued from an abusive situation by a good Samaritan, who brought him to Pets Alive. The 10-year-old poodle was blind and his fur was unkempt and matted, a painful condition. We groomed him and it wasn’t long before another family came along and adopted this special little guy.

BobFast forward three years and Bob is back at Pets Alive but now, his condition has worsened. His owner fell ill and was no longer able to care for Bob. His fur was once again severely matted and lined with feces on his hind quarters. On Tuesday, we had him groomed and relieved him of that painful condition he knew too well.

IMG_5043Today, we took him to the veterinarian and it’s not a good situation. His eyes have deteriorated – he has severe dry eye (a condition called Keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS) and his corneas are scarred over and beyond rehabilitation. He also has a severe ear infection and bad teeth. These extremely painful conditions require extensive medical treatment. We have placed him on medication to treat his ear infection, will schedule him for extensive dental work, and will arrange surgery for a double eye enucleation or removal of both eyes. We are now facing a $2,500 veterinarian expense to get Bob back to health.

He is a sweet, senior dog that should be living the good life. You can help us get him the treatments he needs so that be can live his golden years pain-free – and your donation will be matched.

Double your impact to help Bob by donating now! 

On May 2, we entered the Saving Pets Challenge, a fundraising campaign sponsored by Michelson Found Animals. The Challenge runs through June 1 and a total of $150,000 will be given away in cash grants by the sponsor for the organizations that raise the most money.

As part of the Saving Pets Challenge, 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!

We invite you to donate to the Challenge and help Bob get his much needed medical treatments as well as helping the other animals within our care. If you already donated to this campaign or formed a fundraiser – thank you!

You can also form a team and join as a fundraiser in the Challenge to help Bob and so many other Pets Alive animals. Any money you raise between now and June 1 will also be included in the matching gift and your impact will be doubled.

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URGENT! Remie and Alfred still need your help

Remie and Alfred came from different walks of life but both have one thing in common. They are both sick and need your help. We have set up a Giving Grid to raise money for our Emergency Medical Fund. We will continue to post updates below.


An update on Thursday, March 30, 2017
Both Remie and Alfred have made great progress thanks to your generosity and support! But they still need more help. Here’s an update on both dogs.

Remie with friendRemie had her second surgery over a week ago and she’s doing very well in her foster home. Nine growths were removed from her mammory gland area; most were benign but there were some signs of additional cancer. A review of Remie’s case by an oncologist yielded good news. They did not recommend any additional chemotherapy right now as the cancer was localized and removed. She is healing well and we pray the cancer remains in remission. Remie is now able to go out and about and is pictured here (smaller dog on the right) with a friend she made at a recent outing.

However, Remie’s new challenge is her mouth…she needs major dental work. It was too risky to do the dental work while she was undergoing surgery, therefore we are waiting for her to heal a bit and will be scheduling her dental appointment in the coming weeks.  We estimate the cost of dental to be between $500-$1,000. Therefore we are still fundraising to cover her medical expenses.

Alfred closeup March 2017Alfred, who suffers from mange, continues on his treatments of medicated baths, medications, and a feeding schedule to help him gain weight. He went for a medical checkup last week and we’re now awaiting additional test results to determine what further treatments he may need to help him overcome his skin condition. He is also slowly gaining weight. Alfred Walking 2 March 2017He is the sweetest dog ever and is pictured here out for a walk at our sanctuary.

Please consider even a small donation to help us to continue to pay for Remie and Alfred’s medical care! And if you have already donated, thank you so very much for your gift.  Please share!


Remie after surgery

Remie resting after surgery

An update on Sunday, March 19, 2017
We’re happy to report that Remie had her second surgery a few days ago and is doing great! Nine growths were removed from her mammary glands and were sent out for biopsy. Last month, she underwent her first surgery for removal of several growths from her mammary glands, which turned out to be cancer.

Alfred at the front doorAlfred, who has mange, a very painful skin condition, continues to be treated with medicated baths and medication.

Thank everyone for your donations and well wishes for these two dogs. We appreciate your support.

BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! We are still fundraising to cover the cost of their medical expense, which will be about $5,000. We need to raise another $1,600. Won’t you help? Even a few dollars goes a long way.


Original posting on March 15, 2017



Remie, now 11 years old, first found her way to Pets Alive in 2015 when her owners no longer had time for her. Shortly thereafter, she was adopted –  but her new owner died and she was eventually returned to Pets Alive after her owner’s family was no longer able to care for her.

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Remie’s growths on her underside

A sad Remie was in bad shape when she came back to Pets Alive in December 2016. She had flea infestation so bad that some of her fur was missing. This needed to be treated immediately, requiring medication. Even more alarming were the large growths in the mammary area that would require surgery.

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Remie with her foster family

Lucky for Remie, a foster family came along almost immediately, willing to care for Remie as she struggled to regain her health.  As we worked to clear up the flea infestation, surgery was scheduled.

Last month, we removed the first two of what turned out to be cancerous tumors – but that was only step one. It was an extensive surgery (particularly given her advanced age) that required healing before additional tumor removal could occur. She has two other smaller growths that need to be removed and biopsied but because of her ill health and age, the second surgery was delayed until she was healthy enough to withstand additional treatment.

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Remie in her foster home

We anticipate her second surgery later this week. In the meantime, she rests comfortably in her foster home and enjoys a snooze in a comfortable chair. Her combined surgeries and medical care will cost us over $2,600.

Alfred upon arrival at PA

Alfred arrives at Pets Alive in Feb., 2017

Meet Alfred.  On February 25, 2017, Alfred was found laying in the street late at night and was brought to us by a good Samaritan the following morning.  He is in very bad shape.

Ironically, this was not the first time Alfred has been at Pets Alive. He originally came to Pets Alive in September 2015 as a stray. We didn’t know how long he had been on the run, but his skin was crusty, his fur was sparse and his body very thin. It was obvious that no one had cared for him in a while. We named him Alfred.

Along with a horrible case of alopecia (hair loss), this piteous looking fellow was covered in fleas. Alfred was immediately bathed with a medicated shampoo and he seemed to enjoy the warm water running over his body! He was a happy guy despite being so neglected. Alfred was placed on medication for his skin and continued to get medicated baths. Three months later, his skin condition improved and we put him up for adoption.

In December, 2015, he was reclaimed by his owners when they saw miraculously saw a picture of him posted on our Facebook page. His family had been searching for him for nine months and had just about given up hope. They provided us documentation that Alfred was their dog, including records from their veterinarian that Alfred had been getting treatment for his skin condition prior to getting lost, and so Alfred went back home.

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Alfred’s back, showing the affects of mange

Unfortunately, last month, Alfred was once again found on the loose. We do not know how long he had been on the run this second time, but now when he came back to Pets Alive, his skin condition had worsened. He now has mange and is emaciated. A lot of his fur was missing and his skin was raw.

Mange is a parasitic skin disease caused by microscopic mites and is very painful. As soon as he came to the shelter, he had a veterinarian visit and we started him on medicated baths several times a week, and we ran blood work.

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Alfred’s back

After his first bath, he seemed more at ease. He’s also on several medications and a feeding schedule to help him gain weight. However, if his skin condition does not improve over the next week, we will need to do a skin culture to determine the extent of his infection. This poor guy, about 7 years old, does not deserve the pain he has endured.

We estimate Alfred’s treatment could cost over $2,000.

We have set up a Giving Grid to raise money for our Emergency Medical Fund to help both Remie and Alfred. Even a small gift will help Remie and Alfred. 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 “Medical Fund” on the check.

(Bookmark this page and come back for updates to Remie and Alfred’s recovery). And please share this with friends and family so they too can help Remie and Alfred.

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Valentina saved from the wrath of abuse

Updated posting on November 27, 2017
Your generosity has transformed Valentina into a beautiful lady!  Earlier this year, she was treated for two tick-borne diseases and she has gained an appropriate amount of weight so that she is back to a healthy posture.

She loves to play and is often seen with a ball in her mouth, running around in our play yard with a volunteer.  She is a friendly, high-energy dog and would do best in a home without other animals or young children.

She’d love to find a forever home for the holidays. Valentina is available for adoption. If you’d like to adopt Valentina, please fill out an application and come on in and meet her!

Thank you for all you’ve done to enable Valentina to get her health back and bring her joy!

Want to help our continued care for Valentina and so many other animals?

Donate today!

Updated posting on February 24, 2017
Valentina has made gooimage3 2-22-17d progress in her new journey at Pets Alive! (You can read her entire story below this posting.) After extensive testing by our medical team, she’s been diagnosed with Lyme Disease and anaplasmosis, both tick-borne diseases. She is now being treated with medication for these diseases.

image1 2-22-17In addition, she needs to gain weight to regain her health, so she is on a nutrient-rich diet with 4 feedings a day. Despite her abuse, she is a happy-go-lucky dog and loves playing fetch in our play yard!

image2 2-22-17The pictures in this posting were taken earlier this week of her in our play yard. And check out a VIDEO of her running around like one happy dog!

We thank everyone that has donated to our Medical Fund so we can care for Valentina and other animals. If you’d like to make a donation to our Medical Fund, you can do so here:


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 and write “Valentina” on the check.

Thank you to Valen Kester of Nevalnyn Photography for the recent photographs of Valentina in the play yard shown above.

Original posting on February 8, 2017
Beyond emaciated, a lonely dog wandered alongside a roadway in the Monticello area in Sullivan County, NY. Her looks were startling – she was so skinny, her ribs were protruding from her feces-lined body. The dog had obviously been without proper nutrition for a lengthy period of time and appeared to be female. Another homeless dog, cast aside to die in the freezing temperatures.


Valentina shortly after her rescue

Her luck changed though on Sunday, February 5, when she came upon a good Samaritan who immediately saw the dog was in danger. He approached the dog, who appeared friendly. He was able to easily capture the dog, but the dog wasn’t out of the woods yet. The good Samaritan proceeded to call upon multiple sources to try to find help for the dog – but without avail.

He eventually found his way to one of our board members, Amy Kristt, who took the dog into her home, arranged for a veterinarian appointment, and for her to come to Pets Alive. Finally, this skinny gal had a warm blanket to sleep on, nourishment and water. Check out this video of Valentina taken shortly after she was rescued and safe.

In spite of all the dog may have been through, she is sweet as could be. She just wants a little love, food and water – and she needed a name. Valentina seemed fitting given Valentine’s Day, a day of love, is around the corner – and so her new life began.


Dr. Joe examining Valentina

Before coming to Pets Alive, Valentina was examined by Dr. Joseph D’Abbraccio, our veterinarian from Catskill Veterinary Services. Valentina is about 2-3 years old and weighs only 50 pounds – severely underweight for a dog her size. She was covered in feces, appeared to have had puppies at some point in the past, had small wounds on her face – and was extremely hungry and thirsty. Several tests are being run to determine if Valentina has any other  injuries or conditions beyond shear starvation.


Valentina being greeted at Pets Alive

After the examination, Valentina  made the trek to Pets Alive, her home until she heals and will then be available for adoption. She was greeted with open arms by Pets Alive staff. She will continue to be monitored as we await test results. She will need to be fed several times a day in small quantities so her body adjusts to food. An additional treatment plan will be determined once we have test results.

Our work never stops. Just when we think we have seen it all, another abused and homeless animal comes our way. The incident with Valentina was on the heels of another rescue that occurred on Friday, February 3, when we took in a stray puppy we named Will. He was found alongside a road and has some type of neurological injury or condition. You can read more about Will’s story here.

As we approach Valentine’s Day, please consider giving a loving gift to help Valentina and all the other animals at Pets Alive. You can access our Valentine’s Day Giving Grid below. Just click on a square and donate today!


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 and write “Valentina” on the check.

Thank you once again for your support. You enable us to help these fragile animals overcome their nightmares of the past.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.






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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!




























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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








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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,





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