UPDATE: Meet the Dorian 10!

Meet Mikey, one of the Dorian 10 in Delaware, getting ready to load our van to come to Pets Alive

After loading up the van, late Wednesday evening, we arrived back at Pets Alive after the long trek to Brandywine Valley SPCA in Delaware to pick up 10 homeless dogs that were evacuated from shelters in Hilton Head, the Outer Banks and Jasper Animal Rescue Mission in South Carolina. The trip was long, but so worth the effort of 4 Pets Alive staff members who took the day – and night – to transport these dogs to safety.

Once the dogs unloaded from the van (see the video), they spent the night in our quarantine area and we are now evaluating each dog’s needs and treating any medical conditions required. Several dogs have tested positive for tick-borne diseases that we will treat. Some will need to be spay/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and put on special feeding schedules due to their condition.

For instance, June Bug, pictured here, is emaciated and will require special feedings to ensure she safely gains to a healthy weight.

June Bug as she awaits to load into our van for the trip to Pets Alive

June Bug takes in the fresh air at Pets Alive

Your support is needed now to help these dogs acclimate to their new environment and get them any medical attention they need. Please help us care for these dogs!

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

Alternatively, you can also donate supplies including:

  1. Dry dog food (Pedigree is preferred)
  2. Canned dog food (Pedigree is preferred)
  3. Bleach
  4. Contractor garbage bags
  5. 3-lb paper trays

Supplies can be dropped off at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown NY daily between 10:00am-4:00pm. You can also order directly from our Amazon wishlist and have the item(s) mailed to us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

Already donated? THANK YOU so very much! Your gift will help us get these animals ready for adoption and care for them until that magical day happens. They will be available in 7-14 days or more, depending on their medical condition. Inquires can be emailed to adoptions@petsalive.org.

Frog, out and about yesterday morning at Pets Alive, sits with her new friend and thanks you for your support!

BACKSTORY:  Here is our original blog about how this came to be. In summary, these were dogs in animal shelters awaiting adoption. In anticipation of a possible impact from Hurricane Dorian, many shelters in various southern states evacuated their animals – shelters at risk of flooding or ones that had to make room for local pets that might be displaced during the storm.

Thanks to the ASPCA disaster response team, in coordination with Wings of Rescue, who did air transports and Best Friends Animal Society, who did land transports, they transported nearly 400 animals over the past few week from these southern shelters.  All animals were brought to Brandywine Valley SPCA, who acted as a staging area for shelters like Pets Alive to come and pick up dogs, and take them back to their shelters for adoption. While there, we met shelters from NY, NJ, Pennsylvania and more doing the same thing we were doing – saving animals.

You can read more about the origins of the mass rescue operation by clicking on the links of the various organizations involved:  ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, Brandywine Valley SPCA, and Wings of Rescue.

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BREAKING: Hurricane Dorian dogs coming to Pets Alive

Hurricane Dorian: Your urgent help needed

As devastating Hurricane Dorian continues on a path to impact the southeastern states, we have been working around the clock to prepare for an intake of dogs from affected areas. Our effort is being done in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, who is coordinating a massive rescue operation to move animals to safety ahead of the storm.

This morning a team from Pets Alive is leaving for the Brandywine Valley SPCA in Delaware to transport dogs back to our shelter. Brandywine Valley SPCA is a staging area for dogs coming from animal shelters that are being evacuated at risk of flooding or shelters that have to make room for animals displaced from the storm.

We are now asking for your help in anticipation of the arrival of these precious dogs late Wednesday, barring traffic and any other unforeseen complications. We anticipate some level of “vetting” will be required including vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchips and any medical attention needed.

You have helped the animals so many times in the past. Our medical fund is already stretched and is dwindling as a result of a summer full of animal rescues.

Can we rely on you once again – our partner in rescue – to help these dogs so we can get them the care they need and ultimately find them all loving homes?

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

Donate supplies including:
– Dry dog food (Pedigree is preferred)
– Canned dog food (Pedigree is prefered)
– Bleach
– Contractor garbage bags
– 3-lb paper trays

Supplies can be dropped off at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown NY daily between 10:00am-4:00pm. You also can order directly from our Amazon wishlist and have the item(s) mailed to us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

We thank you for your generous support. We could not do this live-saving work without you. And for those of you who are affected by Dorian, we hope you and your loved ones are safe.

Sincerely,

Executive Director

ps…Check our Facebook page for updates as the dogs arrive at Pets Alive and they begin their new journey.

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Cruelly Dumped in Darkness of Night

Under cover of darkness, a group of 17 cats and kittens were cruelly dumped this week on Pets Alive’s property, with 11 of them crammed into one small crate. A second crate held a nursing mom and her 6-day-old kittens. Discovered the next morning by one of our staff members, the frightened felines were suffering from some of the worst flea infestations and flea anemia we have ever seen. They needed help — fast.

The Pets Alive team sprang into action, as executive director Becky Tegze put out an urgent plea for volunteers. As always, our amazing volunteers showed up in droves, ready to pitch in wherever they were needed

The kittens range in age from 6 days to 4 months. The littlest baby, now named Catnip Everdeen, weighs just 4.3 ounces. All cats will need multiple flea treatments and deworming meds, testing for FELV/FIV, vaccines, spaying/neutering, microchipping and medical treatment for upper respiratory infections.

This TLC will require much-needed funds at a time when we’re already overloaded with more than 50 kittens in our care, and are still tending to a dozen neglected animals from a farm cruelty case. But we are committed to doing all we can to ensure that these abandoned cats get the help they need. Can we count on you to contribute toward our mounting medical bills? Please donate here: http://bit.ly/2Ktnqxq

If you prefer to order supplies of kitten food (canned and dry), flea treatments and other items from our Wish List, please click here: http://amzn.to/2n5k7wT

Just like our volunteers, thank you for always being there for us — and the animals!

Hello Kitty before and after her defleaing bath

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23 farm animals rescued from deplorable conditions

Emaciated, dehydrated, lack of medical care, dirty, living in darkness. No green pasture. No sunbeam of light. Just gloom and loneliness.

This is a glimpse of the deplorable and inhumane living conditions of 23 farm animals that arrived at Pets Alive Sunday morning. With the help of law enforcement, we rescued these precious animals from a horrible life they endured.

When they stepped off the transport trailer and entered our pastures, magic happened. They ran freely like little kids, stopping only long enough to chomp on some green grass and breath in the clean, fresh air – small pleasures they have been denied.

The eight ponies, a donkey and horse were emaciated. They lived in 4×4 foot, feces-lined stalls, barely big enough to turn around – with no access to natural light. Their hooves are in bad shape, a sign that they have not gotten regular farrier visits to keep their hooves trimmed and healthy. Additionally, several of the ponies had missing fur and body sores on their backs.

Missing fur on the back of one of the ponies

Hooves have not been trimmed

The donkey was tentative

The horse in particular had its ribs and hip bones protruding due to lack of proper nourishment. The horse was weak but that didn’t stop her from enjoying a back scratch on the fresh green grass at Pets Alive!

The seven sheep and one ram have not been sheared in months and were filthy. The smallest of the sheep, at first glance, either has a birth defect or fractures to its back legs. The alpaca limped and may require treatment for meningeal worm, caused by parasites.

The sheep desperately need to be sheared

The alpaca was limping

The small pig has mange, is underweight and was so dehydrated, she drank a large volume of water as soon as she entered our barn.

The pig was particularly dehydrated

The 3 goats are underweight, but are now enjoying the fresh grass beneath their feet.

It is doubtful that these animals have had any recent vaccinations and other wellness exams to ensure their optimum health. Our veterinarian has not yet done a complete medical check; more medical conditions may surface once our medical team thoroughly examines each animal.

No animal deserves to live in filth, being deprived of the basics of care. We are committed to helping these animals heal from their abuse. This will cost us thousands of dollars to treat, feed and care for these animals. Please help us as you have so often in the past so that these animals have a second chance at life and never, ever have to worry again about being locked in darkness with no food, water or contact with a friendly human hand.

Make your best donation now! Every dollar will help these animals.

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

Running free at Pets Alive! Your gift will help this happiness continue.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

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Double your impact with HV Gives!

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

How can you help?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hemi is stabilized by the team at Catskill Veterinary Services

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

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

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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

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

The smallest of 6 kittens to arrive at Pets Alive.

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

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

The team at Catskill Veterinary Services helping Hollywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moving forward with the Dog Kennel Transfurmation project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Pets Alive Board of Directors

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Help a senior animal enjoy their golden years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you and so do the animals!

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Caboodle needs your help

Caboodle at Pets Alive after her surgery

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

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

Candella

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

Kelly Sue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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