A Stray’s Journey


According to area neighbors, a stray had been on the run for 2 ½ – 3 years.  A good samaritan, Laura B., posted a plea for help on Facebook. Thank goodness for Buddha Dog Rescue and Recovery (BDRR) for getting involved. Buddha Dog is a remarkable organization that has had great success in humanely capturing lost dogs and cats. They also capture strays on a pro bono basis.

BDRR went to the site where the stray had been reported and located the abandoned, run-down trailer under which it was sheltering. The floors had collapsed and the stench of mold was overwhelming. BDRR immediately set up and the stray was successfully captured at 4:00 am.

Upon BDRR’s initial examination, the dog’s fur was so badly matted that it was impossible to tell whether or not the stray was male or female. Some of the mats even had wire embedded in them.


Dawn symbolizes new beginnings, and so it was with the stray. Pets Alive opened its doors early that morning to provide a safe haven for this poor dog. Scanning revealed that there was no microchip, so no owner could be reliably contacted.

It’s a boy! His name is now Snowcone!

Because Snowy had shut down and was considered a flight risk, just a few people walked him, taking special care that the door was secure before entering his run. He would cower at the back of his kennel but willingly accept a leash. Snowcone walked with his tail tucked as far as possible between his legs, body close to the ground, and did not sniff. When in the fenced-in play yard, he would stay close to his human but shake. Slowly but surely, he would accept brief petting but never seemed to enjoy it.

Because his fur was so matted, huge chunks had to be cut out, especially around his hindquarters. While he didn’t like the process, he allowed it.

He was finally moved down to the office area and was walked by a few more people. Slowly his head came up and the tail untucked just a bit. He would stay still and seemed to enjoy being briefly stroked more and more.

And the journey continues…

Written by Robin Markovits CCDT, AKC


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UPDATE: Autumn has begun to heal

Autumn was brought to us just days ago – her little body had almost no fur, she had fleas, she was emaciated, dehydrated, had overgrown nails, and had a large mass on her belly. With your help, we were able to start immediate medical treatment to help Autumn begin the healing process.

Autumn gets a spa treatment at the vet!

She is now is feeling much better after her overnight stay at Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC. While in the hospital, she received a medicated spa treatment to help her skin conditions.

She also underwent testing, which shows she has both a bacterial and yeast infection of the skin as well as flea dermatitis. She is now back at Pets Alive and is on a multitude of medications to treat these conditions.

As part of her treatment, she will also be getting medicated baths every other day for at least the next few weeks.

The good news is the mass on Autumn’s belly is a hernia that can be repaired when she is healthy enough to be spayed.

Please consider making a donation to help with Autumn’s continued care by donating to our emergency medical fund. Autumn will be available for adoption once she is better. For inquiries, email us at adoptions@petsalive.org.

If you already donated to help with Autumn’s medical care, thank you!

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Urgent: Autumn needs your help

Autumn was just brought to us earlier today by our local Animal Control Officer. She is missing fur on almost her entire body, fleas can be seen crawling all over her, she has a mass on her belly, she is underweight, dehydrated, and her nails are overgrown – and that is just what we could see for the short time she was at Pets Alive!

We immediately rushed Autumn to our veterinarian, where they are examining her to determine how to address her most pressing needs.

Over the past few months, we’ve had a big intake of animals with medical needs, in addition to caring for the other 250-plus animals at Pets Alive. Our medical fund is now stretched thin, but thanks to you, we’ve been able to care for these animals.

Now Autumn urgently needs your help. Would you please consider making a donation to our emergency medical fund to help little Autumn? We’re uncertain at this time what the total cost will be but given the mass on her belly, we anticipate it could be quite high to get Autumn back to good health.

Thank you for your unwavering support to help Autumn!

Most of Autumn’s fur is missing

Autumn has a large mass on her belly

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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.


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.


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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.


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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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