The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Paris

Three months old, scared, cold, unsure of the world and surviving on the streets of Middletown, NY. That was Paris four years ago before she found her way to Pets Alive.

Paris slowly started to grow and feel more comfortable in her new, safe surroundings of the Pets Alive Kitten Nursery, but still a shy girl who was not sure of the humans who were trying to fuss over her. Adopters would come and go, and Paris would watch as her feline friends left to start new lives with their new families.

Paris turned a year old, happy and content but still not strutting her stuff to potential adopters.

Paris turned two years old, and every adopter who came to Pets Alive was introduced to a shy girl who was getting braver every day and allowing new people to pet her and fawn over her.

Paris turned three years old, and the Pets Alive cat staff voted her the new Weather Cat of Pets Alive, in hopes that even more exposure would bring a family for our sweet quiet girl.

Paris turned four this year….please don’t let Paris turn five at Pets Alive. We know there is a family out there for her, searching for a calm, slightly plump girl to complete their home. We love our Weather Girl Paris, but we dream and hope every single day that her family will walk through that door and give her her happily ever after in a home to call her own.

Help Paris, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find her happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share her story. AND GREAT NEWS!  Paris is one of three animals that have been chosen by a supporter who will donate half of Paris’ adoption fee! So your adoption fee is 50% off!

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Valentina

Valentina – February 2017

 

February 2017. A lonely dog wandering alongside a road in Sullivan County on a cold and snowy afternoon. Every rib protruding, her backbone showing, small wounds on her face. And yet, a will to live in her eyes and hope in the wag of her tail. Starved not only of food but for attention, this is how we welcomed sweet Valentina into the Pets Alive family.

Fast forward to today and Valentina is fully healed, a healthy weight, has an amazing love for life, and so much love to give. We would LOVE to find this girl her forever home for the holidays. She has had such a rough start in life. She deserves to know the love of a family and have a home to call her own for forever. A few requirements: She would do best as an only pet in the household, and preferably no small children, as she can get a little overexuberant when she is playing. Other than that? She just needs someone who is going to love her unconditionally and show her all the good in this world. And she certainly would appreciate someone who will buy her all of her favorite toys!

Valentina – Today!

Help Valentina, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find her happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share her story.

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Mr. Meowgi

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

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

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

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

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Livingston

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

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

Help Livingston, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find his happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share his story.  

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

 

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Chimney Sweep

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

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

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

Help Chimney Sweep, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find her happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share her story. 

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Jack

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

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

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

Help Jack, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find his happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share his story.

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – The Kittens

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

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

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

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

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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The Twelve Strays of Christmas – Annie

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

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

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

Help Annie, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas, find her happily ever after this holiday season. Can’t adopt at this time? Share her story. AND GREAT NEWS!  Annie is one of three special needs animals that have been chosen by a supporter who will donate half of Annie’s adoption fee! So your adoption fee is 50% off!

Please donate to Pets Alive so we can continue to provide a safe landing spot and loving environment for strays in need. A donation today to our GENERAL ANIMAL CARE FUND will receive a matching donation towards our KENNEL BUILDING PROJECT thanks to our very special supporters Joe and Kelly Sicari.

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Special $250,000 Matching Gift Opportunity!

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

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

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT AND DONATE NOW!

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

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

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

We thank you for your generosity and kindness!

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

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Gracie said goodbye today

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

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

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

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

Truly grateful,
Becky Tegze
Executive Director

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