Ms Paws earned her angels wings this morning

Our hearts were shattered into a million pieces this morning.

Ms Paws earned her angel wings in the early morning hours today. As hard as she tried, her little body could no longer continue the medical challenges she faced. She was surrounded by love right up until the end.

We want to thank the amazing teams of veterinarians and support staff at Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, and the Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital for loving and taking such amazing care of our little angel.

A special thank you to her foster mom for showing Ms Paws what it meant to be loved unconditionally in her all too short life. Thank you to everyone who donated to her medical care, sent food, toys, and healing thoughts.

If comfort can be found, she was loved by so many near and far, and she passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours. Run free our precious Ms Paws. You touched the hearts and lives of so many – you will never be forgotten. Fly high among the stars till we meet again.

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Dear Santa

Let me introduce myself. My name is Fancy Fajita, but all my friends here at Pets Alive call me Fancy! They always tell me what a good girl I am. I know how to sit, take treats gently and walk like a lady, and my friends say I have the best smile and biggest heart.  My smile was even bigger when Ms. Becky told me I was the lucky doggie who got to write to you with my three Christmas wishes!

I’ve thought long and hard, as I don’t want to waste a single wish, so my first Christmas wish is for my friend Cow. Just like me, Cow can be shy and unsure when she is around new people.  But don’t blame her; she came from a really bad place five years ago. You see, she came from a hoarder’s house where she didn’t get any attention, it wasn’t clean, and a lot of times she went hungry. Please, Santa, can you send a family to take Cow home to cherish and love her just the way she is?

My second Christmas wish is for my friend Ginger. Ginger had a loving and doting father for the first five years of her life.  She and her dad did everything together — long walks, movie nights, long car rides, cuddles on the couch — that is until her dad passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. I’ve never had a dad, but the way Ginger talks about hers, they sound pretty awesome! You see, when her dad passed away, she was brought back to Pets Alive. The staff saw right away that Ginger’s heart was broken.  Ginger has told me for so long she was afraid to open up her heart again; she never wanted to feel that pain and loneliness. Over the years, the staff and amazing volunteers here at Pets Alive have broken down the wall Ginger built to protect her heart. Santa, Ginger is so ready for a new dad. Can you please send her one?

Santa, my third and last wish is for Ms. Becky and Pets Alive. You see, Ms. Becky doesn’t worry about herself. She worries about me, Cow, Ginger and all of us here at Pets Alive, from Viper and Challenger, two of the sheep, to all the goats and others that came in from a cruelty case, to the baby kittens that need round-the-clock care, to the stray dog that just came in scared and confused. 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 if one of us gets sick and the vet bills pile up too high. She knows Pets Alive is our home and wants us to be comfortable and happy until our forever families come for us. So please, Santa, please send Ms. Becky monthly sponsors so she maybe won’t worry so much.

Thank you, Santa. I truly believe and I know you will work your Christmas magic.

Love, Fancy

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

P.S. Thank you so much for helping to make my wishes come true!


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Ms Paws undergoes surgery today

Ms Paws, the critically ill puppy we took in this past week, needs your good thoughts and vibes.

The veterinarians at Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital have been unable to place a traditional feeding tube even with a lighted scope due to the stricture’s tightness.

Ms Paws has been receiving amino acid therapy and handling it well, along with IV hydration with dextrose.

The anesthesiology department feels she is stable enough for general anesthesia, so the surgeons will be operating today to place a PEG Tube which will allow her to receive the nutrients she needs to grow bigger and stronger for the PRAA surgery. To read more about Ms Paws’ journey, please go here.

Please keep this little fighter in your thoughts today and send lots of positive vibes while we await word that she has made it through surgery. To donate towards her mounting medical costs:

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

Thank you so much for your help! We are truly grateful for your support.


On another topic, the animals really need your help. Today is the last day to vote in the Mid-Hudson Heroes Charitable Giving Campaign that we’ve been participating in. As of the time of this writing, we have slipped back to 2nd place – and the campaign ends tonight at 11:59pm ET. You can impact that by simply casting your final vote today! $2,500 is on the line for the animals.

The top “vote-getter” in each category will receive a $2,500 donation from the sponsor. Your vote is critical to getting us back into 1st place and over the finish line.

This funding will go directly to helping the animals this winter.

To help, cast your final vote today! If you voted yesterday, you have to wait 24 hours to vote again. Otherwise vote now:

  • Go to:
  • Scroll to categories and select: Animal Welfare
  • Scroll to Pets Alive
  • Click on the Vote icon
  • Use the “Share” button to ask your friends and family to join in via social channels or contact them directly via text for immediate impact!

THANK YOU so much for your dedication to helping us get this donation!

Note: You must have a Facebook account to participate.


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Ms Paws transferred to Cornell for treatment

She looks like a cuddly young pup on the outside, but inside, she’s hurting.

Ms Paws is a 3-pound German Shepherd puppy fighting for her life who came to use the other day. You can read her story here. We continue to thank you for your help and wanted to update you on her progress.

It is a matter of life and death that Ms Paws receives nutrients to stabilize her condition in order to have the life-saving surgery she needs. The only way for her to get those life-saving nutrients at this time is through a feeding tube.

Ms Paws makes the journey to Cornell

The tube that was originally placed became displaced when she started to regurgitate. The blood vessels are closing off her esophagus and trachea, so much so that it is making it impossible to get the feeding tube back in without advanced medical equipment.

Therefore, today we rushed Ms Paws to the Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital in Ithaca, NY.

There, with the assistance of a lighted endoscope, they will attempt to place a traditional feeding tube. Tomorrow, the anesthesiology department will evaluate her to see if she is stable enough to undergo anesthesia to have a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) tube placed. A PEG tube is designed for pets unable to swallow temporarily or permanently, providing them with a source of long-term nutrition.

It is a matter of life and death that we find a way to get nutrients into her tiny body. Only with these nutrients will she become stable and strong enough to undergo surgery to correct her PRAA, a type of vascular ring anomaly in dogs. (For more information about this condition, check out this article.)

This tiny girl is a fighter and together, we must fight for her. We are doing all we can for her, but we need your help! The estimate for this procedure is $3,000 – or more – in addition to what we’ve already spent at our local veterinarian. You can make a huge impact today by donating to Ms Paws’ fight for life. No gift is too small. Already donated to help her? Thank you so very much!

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

Check out Ms Paws’ arrival video at Cornell!

Thank you for helping Ms Paws. We’ll keep you updated on her condition.

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Ms Paws needs a Christmas Miracle!

She weighs just 3 pounds; she is dehydrated, she is anorexic, and she is only five weeks old! Instead of being a playful, active, “getting into trouble,” happy puppy, she is fighting for her life. And we are fighting for her Christmas Miracle.

Ms Paws, a German Shepherd puppy, should weigh closer to 12 pounds. She has what our vets, Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, believe is a persistent right aortic arch (PRAA).

PRAA is the most common type of vascular ring anomaly in dogs. German Shepherds are often predisposed to this life-threatening condition. In the fetal stages of a pup’s development, there are aortic arches (blood vessels) that surround the esophagus and trachea. Sometimes, arches form abnormally, which results in pressure on the esophagus and trachea. This situation can cause a narrowing of the organs and subsequent regurgitation of solid food as a puppy is weaned.

Typically, the right aortic arch goes away after birth, but when it does not, it entraps the esophagus as the puppy matures, causing megaesophagus – meaning Ms. Paws is unable to drink or eat without regurgitating her food.

Our vets need to confirm this with a CT Scan, but Ms Paws is not medically stable enough to go under anesthesia. Our vets fear she wouldn’t make it through.

Ms Paws is hospitalized and our vets are working hard to stabilize her with IV Fluids and a feeding tube. Today they will attempt an awake swallow study in the CT Scan to help diagnose her condition.

All pets like Ms Paws want good health and a safe place to rest their head for the holidays. Can you make their wish come true? Donate today to our medical fund and be part of Ms Paws’ Christmas Miracle.

Prefer to send us a check? Mail it to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940 and write “Ms Paws” on the check.

Thank you for helping Ms Paws. We’ll keep you updated on her recovery.

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Save a life with your vote

We need your help! It is time to vote for Pets Alive in the annual Ulster Savings Bank Mid-Hudson Heroes Charitable Giving Campaign! The top “vote getter” in each category will receive $2,500! VOTE EVERY 24 HOURS starting TODAY through Dec. 13 to maximize our chances of winning! Last year, we lost by just a few votes – your vote could honestly make a difference this year!

To vote:

Mark your calendars and VOTE EVERY 24 hours now through December 13 – and please share with your friends and family. If we win, this money will be used to help keep the animals warm and well fed over the cold winter months. Thank you for your help!

Note: You must have a Facebook account to participate.

Thanks to your support on #GivingTuesday, Jacob’s upcoming surgery to correct a life-threatening condition is now funded.

Thank you for giving him a second chance.

If you missed his story, you can read about it here – and it’s not too late to donate to our medical fund to help so many other animals relying upon your support to keep them healthy. We will keep you posted on Jacob’s surgery scheduled for December 4.

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Jacob needs your help on this GivingTuesday!

Jacob came to Pets Alive on July 31, 2020, along with 29 other farm animals, all victims of abuse. He was only a month old. At the time, he had an infected umbilicus (belly button region). This condition was most likely caused by being born in unhygienic conditions.

Now 4 months later, Jacob is facing a related serious medical condition and he needs your help. When he first arrived, we cleaned and medicated the umbilicus and it healed – but only the skin healed and not the abdominal wall. As he aged, a hole formed and it continued to get larger as he grew.

There’s a risk of bowel strangulation, which could possibly lead to death. Jacob is now faced with having an intricate surgery to correct this life-threatening condition. Jacob’s surgery is scheduled for December 4 at Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca, NY.

We are proud to be part of #GivingTuesday today, a global movement for generosity. Won’t you consider a donation to help Jacob and the other animals at Pets Alive? No donation is too small.

Help give Jacob a second chance by supporting our #GivingTuesday campaign.

Prefer to send us a check? Mail it to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940 and write “Giving Tuesday” on the check and we’ll apply it to our #GivingTuesday Campaign.

THANK YOU for your support!

Jacob is out for a walk. Yes, he is leash-trained!

Jacob hangs out in our fenced-in play yard at Pets Alive

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Hurricane Sally dogs arrive at Pets Alive

Hurricane season has been relentless. First it was a race against time to get 15 shelter dogs impacted by Hurricane Laura to the safety of Pets Alive. Now it’s Hurricane Sally. Thanks to the work of many, six more dogs arrived at Pets Alive yesterday from Baldwin County Animal Shelter in Summerdale, Alabama.

A week ago, Hurricane Sally made landfall, bringing catastrophic flooding to coastal areas in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. This storm was particularly hard on shelters that were full of animals prior to the storm.

As the storm surge subsided, the Baldwin County Animal Shelter got to work in tough conditions. They had no power, knocked out by the storm, which also meant no running water and no air circulation for the animals and rescue workers.

Overcoming these obstacles, within 48 hours, teams from rescue groups and shelters from 6 different states worked together to prepare its 70+ animals for transports to shelters points north. This now allows them to make room for animals who have been displaced by the destruction of Hurricane Sally, with a goal to reunite them with their families.

Baldwin County Animal Shelter  clears their kennels of 70+ animals

The teams await the transport vans at Baldwin County Animal Shelter










Thanks to our friends at Southern Paws Inc who provided transportation, six of these dogs made the long trek to Pets Alive and arrived yesterday.

Here’s a few of the dogs, available for adoption in about a week.

Bernadette is tired after the long haul from Alabama!

Cherry is checking out her new surroundings at Pets Alive!




Please pet me!



Treats? Did you say treats?












To help with their medical and daily needs, please donate now. Your gift will make a huge difference in their life as we ready them for adoption!

You can also order items we will need from our special hurricane emergency wishlist.

Prefer to send us a check? Mail it to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940 and write “Hurricane Sally” on the check.

THANK YOU so much for helping these homeless dogs get to safety.

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Share YOUR story! Help us earn lifesaving funds

Adopted a pet from Pets Alive that has changed your life?
YOU can help us earn $100,000 this holiday season!
Share your story, help make our holiday wishes come true!

The Petco Foundation, together with BOBS from Skechers, want to know all the ways, big and small, that your adopted pet has changed your life for the better. Winning stories will receive a Holiday Wishes grant award for their adoption organization ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 for the grand prize winner! PLUS winning adopters will receive a Petco shopping spree and BOBS from Skechers shoes!

And new this year! In addition to the Holiday Wishes grant awards for most impactful stories, the five animal welfare organizations with the greatest number of valid story submissions at the end of the submission period (September 23) will receive grant awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000!

Help Pets Alive earn one of these grants by submitting your Holiday Wishes story by September 23:

1. If you’ve adopted a pet from Pets Alive that is still alive today, share how your pet changes your life for the better each and every day. Write your story in 500 words or less.

2. Upload at least 4 photos to support your story: one photo of your pet by him/herself, one photo of you or your family with your pet and two additional photos. You can add an optional video too! Read the 2019 winning winning entries and get some inspiration. Remember, good stories will show how your pet changed YOUR life.

3. Include our contact information as follows:

  • Organization Name: Pets Alive
  • Executive Director Name: Becky Tegze
  • Organization Email Address:
  • Organization Phone Number: 845-386-9738
  • Organization Tax ID Number: 11-2975276

4. Submit your story and photos to Petco by Sept. 23, 1:00pm EST. But hurry because only the first 10,000 stories are guaranteed to be reviewed for the most impactful story awards. Note: Your submission will still qualify for the “most submission” awards right up through September 23, when the contest concludes.

Winners will be announced during the holiday season. For more information, visit the website and join the conversation on social media using #HolidayWishes.

Be sure to read the “FAQs” for useful information about how to craft the best story and other rules, e.g., you may only submit ONE story even if you adopted several pets from Pets Alive. Your story can be about a cat, dog or farm animal. Thank you for your support of the Holiday Wishes campaign!

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URGENT: 54 companion animals and birds rescued from horrific conditions

Feces-packed stalls with little light; dark, dirty dead animal bones strewn throughout the barn; a dead goat was being used as a compost pile. This was just a small flavor of the horrendous living conditions that 34 animals and 20 birds endured. But no longer will they have to live this way.

On Thursday, July 30, the Pets Alive team started out early in the morning to work with the Ulster County SPCA Humane Law Investigations Division and rescued 1 dog, 3 cats, 1 rabbit, 2 turkeys, 2 geese, 28 goats, 1 sheep, 1 duck, and 15 chickens. Our friends from Catskill Animal Sanctuary were also on the scene and at the end of the day, they helped us transport 28 goats, a sheep, and a duck to Pets Alive. The remaining animals and birds were taken in by Ulster County SPCA, Arthur’s Acres Animal Sanctuary, and Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

It was a long, slow process of getting the animals and birds to safety. The stalls where the goats lived were beyond dirty; the rescuers had to climb up on top of four feet of packed-down feces and urine-soaked hay to reach the goats. In some places, there were less than three feet of space between the feces-packed stalls and the ceiling, making it impossible for some of the larger goats to stand up. The duck was living in a dog crate, laying next to a dead duck.

Each animal and bird was documented by law enforcement and examined by a veterinarian as they made their way to the transport trailers. One goat was unable to walk because the goat’s hooves were overgrown by 6+ inches.  The veterinarian administered immediate aid to the farm animals, including trimming their hooves so they could walk without pain. Additionally, one of the baby goats has an infected umbilicus (belly button), was treated at the scene, and now continues treatment at Pets Alive.

The team made it back to Pets Alive late on Thursday, after a 12+ hour day of getting the animals to safety. In total, 29 farm animals and a duck are now freed from their abuse and are safe at Pets Alive. One by one, they came off the transport trailers unsure of where they were but gleefully followed our staff as they offered feed to the goats to coax them to their new living space.

Some goats were placed in our pasture; they immediately ran through the field enjoying the fresh, green grass beneath their feet.

Others were placed in the barn, finding fresh straw and feed for them to munch on.

The condition of the animals that we took in is varied. The goats are in various stages of emaciation, with hip bones protruding.

Another goat is close to giving birth any day now – we are watching her very closely.

Several goats appear to be in different stages of pregnancy.  A few other female goats were still nursing several young kids (baby goats).

The sheep has not been sheered, with wool almost down to the ground.

The duck is temporarily being fostered by one of our staff members as we don’t have the facility to care for ducks, and we’re working with a wildlife rehabilitator for ideal placement.

As the animals were getting settled, however, an emergency arose on Friday. When our team went to feed the animals, they noticed that two of the young goats were coughing, and one goat was lethargic and barely moving. They were rushed to Catskill Veterinarian Services, PLLC for emergency treatment. Two of the goats were examined and were given an antibiotic injection for an infection. They were sent back to Pets Alive after their condition improved; the antibiotic treatment will continue until they recover.

A third goat, however, was hospitalized. She had a low body temperature, was treated with IV fluids, and was tucked under a “bear hugger” blanket warmer to raise the goat’s temperature. Blood work was also drawn.

One of the goats that was rushed to the vet on Friday undergoes an examination.

She is now hospitalized

In the days ahead, the veterinarian will be doing an examination of all the animals to determine the extent of their abuse and prepare needed treatment plans. Meanwhile, the animals are adjusting to their new living space and will have access to fresh water and nutritious food – and a pasture where they can graze. We are also anxiously awaiting the birth of some young ones so the family of goats will grow!

It will be a long haul for these animals before they are healed from their abuse. You can make a huge impact on their journey by donating today. No gift is too small.

If you prefer to order supplies for the farm animals, please contact us at for information about our daily needs and where you can order supplies.

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

Thank you for helping these precious animals. All they want is love. Your gift will truly make a difference in their journey towards good health.



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