Milo is in critical condition

We are kicking off “May of Giving”, a month-long series of opportunities for you to join us in making a difference for the animals at Pets Alive. During this time period, we are honored that Sidewalk Angels Foundation will match your gift up to $20,000 for double the impact!

As we kick off this campaign, how fitting that today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of unity and giving as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. While this pandemic has shut down the country, our work continues. Just this past week alone, we took in several animals with medical needs. We invite you to stand beside us so these homeless animals have a second chance.

Milo gets examined by our veterinarian

Milo, a young Beagle just shy of two years old, was brought to the veterinarian when he became gravely ill. Initial blood work showed dangerously high liver enzyme levels. The owners could not afford treatment and wanted Milo euthanized, however, we could not turn our backs on him and knew he deserved a second chance.

He is now at Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC where he is undergoing a variety of tests, including a liver biopsy, to determine the cause of his illness. In the meantime, Milo is on IV fluids and supportive care.

Milo is safe at Pets Alive

Then there’s Lieutenant Dan, a young male cat that was found in a busy commercial parking lot. He is friendly – but also scared, cowering into the corner of his quarantine enclosure.

While he looks normal while lying down, when he stands up, it becomes obvious something tragic happened to him early in life. His back two legs are severed at the knee. They are healed over which leads us to believe he may have had an accident when he was a kitten, but he seems to have adapted to his deformity.

Lieutenant Dan will receive a complete examination by our veterinarian to ensure he doesn’t have any other underlying conditions. He will also need to be neutered, and requires vaccinations, a microchip, deworming, and flea application.

Lastly, we have an update on Cailan, our Warrior of Life, a horse we rescued on Saturday from near-death. He lived in a muddy field with his mother with no access to grass, feed, or fresh water. His mother succumbed to this abuse just a day prior, but Cailan, emaciated and starved, is now safe at Pets Alive.

Yesterday our veterinarian came to Pets Alive and examined Cailan, estimated to be 16 years old. He has a body score of 2.5-3.0, a numerical scale used to evaluate the amount of fat on a horse’s body. It is half of what it should be; 5.0 is considered normal. He also suffers from muscle atrophy, the result of starvation and lack of space to move around. Cailan got vaccinated, had blood drawn, and will require x-rays on all four legs. He also has parasites so we ran a test to determine the severity of this condition and we will treat him appropriately. He is now on the road to a better life and is enjoying the green grass in our pasture.

Cailan gets examined by our veterinarian

COVID-19 has changed the way we all live, but Milo, Lieutenant Dan and Cailan are living proof it hasn’t changed the need for our life-saving work. Be part of this journey and donate today to make a difference in the lives of all the animals at Pets Alive awaiting their forever home and those that will come through our doors tomorrow.

Your gift will be doubled for twice the impact up to $20,000.

ps…prefer to send a donation check? Mail us a check to: Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940 and write “Giving Tuesday” on the check.

Thank you for your everlasting support.

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Left to Die

An “island” in the middle of a black dirt farm, with no grass for grazing, no water to drink except for what fell from the sky, some trees for shade, but electric fencing was holding them prisoners just inches from life-saving grass and a way to escape their living hell.

A living hell is the only way to describe what our Pets Alive Team walked into yesterday, after receiving an urgent phone call from Hudson Valley Humane Law that our help was needed immediately.  One horse was dead. One was still alive but emaciated in Goshen, NY.

Freedom Walk

Officers from the Goshen Police Department and Hudson Valley Humane Law met us in the middle of an onion field and walked us through the black dirt mud to the “island,” where a beautiful young horse waited for us. He must have sensed salvation was near, as this gentle, muddy boy greeted us eagerly, ready to escape his living hell.

Please welcome Cailan – Warrior of Life to Pets Alive. His ribs are showing, his hip bones are sticking out, and he is hundreds of pounds underweight, but his better life starts today with your help!

Our Warrior of Life needs bloodwork, farrier care, dental work, x-rays, vaccines, deworming, months of rehab care, a slow refeed regimen that will take months. All this costs money.  Cailan needs your support today!Sadly, we have seen abuse before and, sadly, we will see it again. What makes this case that much harder for us to handle is that on their “island,” there is evidence that humans were there watching them starve and suffer. The location is littered with broken glass, empty soda bottles, car parts, broken chairs, a makeshift shed, and what one might call a tree stand. How does someone stand by and watch the suffering?

To Cailan’s beautiful mother: Our hearts are broken, and we shed tears for your life gone too soon. We are sorry we were too late to save you; we promise to cherish and heal your baby boy — he is in good hands now.

With your support today, we will fulfill the promise we made to Cailan’s mother as we stood over her yesterday, shedding tears for the pain and suffering she endured.

Thank you for making a difference in the life of this precious boy.

Becky Tegze
Executive Director
Pets Alive





ps…prefer to send a donation check? Mail us a check to: Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940 and write “Cailan” on the check.

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Help Us Heal A Broken Heart

As a nation and as a state, we mourn the loss of thousands to the horrible beast called COVID19. This past week, the sorrow came home to Pets Alive.

Eight years ago, a sweet gentleman by the name of Charles came to us looking for a feline companion to dote on. He found Tara, a long-haired torbie beauty, shy but sweet, and perfect in Charles’ eyes. Tara became Tabitha, and a loving bond was formed between a man and his faithful feline.

Fast forward to a world ravished by a pandemic, and Tabitha has lost her longtime companion and dad. You see, Charles passed away at home, and a frightened Tabitha fled out the door when all the first responders arrived to take her daddy away. Thankfully, Charles loved to talk about Tabitha, so when he passed, one of his friends contacted us right away. He needed help to make sure Tabitha would be safe.

I am happy to report, Tabitha has been safely trapped and is now back at Pets Alive. We are giving her time to decompress from her ordeal of losing her beloved dad and spending seven days and nights outside, scared and confused. Then it is our mission to find her a new loving home to help heal her broken heart.

One heart that has been healed is our girl Cupid’s. Love can conquer all, and no one has a bigger heart than Cupid. The love she shares with her foster mom is proving just that! Cupid is beating the odds. She is halfway through her chemo treatment and we are thrilled to share that her lymph nodes are normal size! Her blood counts have remained normal and she is handling the chemo treatment like the champ she is. Her leg wounds are just about healed to boot. We are cautiously optimistic that she will go into remission, but we need your help to get her to that finish line! Please donate to her chemotherapy today.

Then there’s Little George, the tiny Yorkie poo puppy who came to us a few months back with not one but two heart conditions, Pulomary Stenosis and a hole in his heart. George is doing better than we had hoped; the drug regimen we have him on seems to be working. His checkup with the cardiologist was put on hold when New York State went on a pause (the recheck wasn’t considered essential to lifesaving). We are counting the days until restrictions are lifted and he can once again see the cardiologist.

During these difficult days, weeks and months, our work doesn’t stop, our lifesaving doesn’t stop. What has stopped are donations. Now more than ever we need your support! Please help us continue our lifesaving work and help us keep our doors open for those animals most in need. You — our supporters, adopters, friends — are our community, and now more than ever we need our community’s help.

Becky Tegze
Executive Director
Pets Alive





ps…prefer to send a donation check? Mail us a check to: Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940

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Frontline Heroes

Thank you to the Doctors. Thank you to the Nurses. Thank you to the EMTs. Thank you to the Police. Thank you to the Firemen. Thank you to the Paramedics. Thank you to the Medical Housekeeping Staff. Thank you to those working in Grocery Stores and Pharmacies. Thank you to our Veterinarians and their support staff. Thank you to all of you, the frontline heroes in this Coronavirus battle.

At Pets Alive, our frontline heroes wear muck boots, gloves, and bleach-stained shirts. They wield litter and pooper scoopers, hoses, mops and squeegees. And they give their everything to the animals they care for.

During these difficult days, everything at Pets Alive is the same yet different in some surreal sense of normalcy. Every day starts with a buzz of activity of feeding, medicating, cleaning and caring for the animals, but there is a quietness to it all.  The laughter, the hum, the heartbeat is muffled by the fear of what the day’s news will bring.

In a world where most of us are afraid to leave the safety of our homes, our frontline heroes are facing those fears and giving more of themselves than ever before. They worry not only about themselves and their families, they worry about the animals in their care.  They worry about how we will afford medical care, food, and supplies. They worry about fulfilling their emotional needs, now that our volunteers must stay away. They worry what will happen if one of them becomes ill. In a world of daily worry and fear, they continue to stand up and stand strong for the animals they love and care for.

Imagine if every single one of you donated just one dollar. That dollar from each of you would alleviate some of that worry from our frontline heroes as they continue to show up for the animals day after day.  Will you show up for them today?

Thank you for your everlasting support!

Becky Tegze
Executive Director
Pets Alive





ps…prefer to send a donation check? Mail us a check to: Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940

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Challenges – And a Ray of Sunshine

One of the headlines I saw this week was – COVID-19 has presented MAJOR Challenges to Animal Welfare. But…this is not our first crisis nor is it the first time we’ve faced serious challenges. Dealing with challenges is what we do best! Yes, it is and this week the Pets Alive staff took that challenge and hit the ground running.

To begin with, we are closed to the public. How do we continue to fulfill our mission and get homeless animals adopted into loving homes? We get creative and move quickly.

In just one week, we started virtual meet and greets for our dogs, social distancing hand-offs, and zero contact drop-offs – and it is working! In the first two days, five – yes five dogs are now sleeping in homes they call their own and enjoying endless belly rubs and kisses from their new families.

We are now working on a similar program for the cats, but we are discovering quickly we have some camera-shy as well as lazy kitties here at Pets Alive! Most of them are sleeping through their big moment or doing what cats do best – ignoring us!

Friendly Visitor Program

Last week Pets Alive teamed up with the town of Wallkill as part of their Friendly Visitor Program. Through our Pet Chow Pantry, we were able to deliver over 750 lbs of dog and cat food and almost 250 lbs of kitty litter to the Jewish Family Service of Orange.

In the next few days, we will also be delivering dog and cat food and litter to the Family Church of Middletown, NY. Both of these organizations have volunteers who will be delivering these pet supplies along with other essential supplies they collected to at-risk seniors and families in need in our local community.

Helping our neighbors to the north through our Sullivan County Pet Chow Pantry program, we are working on getting needed pet food to our friends at Action Towards Independence in Monticello, NY. They reached out to us that they have families with pets in need. During these difficult times, we must do everything we can to keep pets where they belong – with their families.

Want to help keep pets and families together?

1. Make an online donation



2. Want to donate food? Email us at for instructions on where / how to drop off in-kind donations. We have a “zero contact” drop area for in-kind donations.

A Ray of Sunshine 

Click on the graphic for a view of the conceptual design of the new dog kennel building

In these uncertain and tough times, we have to remember to stand strong and stand together. Our ray of sunshine came this week when we learned we have been awarded a $500,000 matching grant from the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund to be used only for the construction of the new dog kennel! This is a huge win for the dogs at Pets Alive, moving us that much closer to the start of construction on a new kennel for them. Learn more about our Dog Kennel Transformation on our website HERE.

In it Together

Pets Alive, like many other nonprofits and businesses in our area and around the country, is suffering as a result of COVID-19. We rely and depend on private donations from supporters like you! Donations have slowed down and almost stopped entirely, and we are postponing and canceling in-person fundraisers in the months when our calendars are usually packed solid. We are holding our breath and waiting for our country to return to normal but animals in need wait for no one. We are making changes to conserve our resources, but we need YOU!

Please make a lifesaving difference for an animal in need TODAY! If everyone reading this donated even just $5.00, the price of a cup of coffee, you would help us sustain our life-saving mission.

Becky Tegze
Executive Director
Pets Alive





ps…prefer to send a donation check? Mail us a check to: Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940


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New York takes a pause, Not Us!

While the world around us is taking a pause and we adjust to what we now know is our new temporary norm, some things don’t pause. Caring for animals in need doesn’t pause. Kitten season will not pause. Keeping pets with their families will not pause. Helping animals in need will not pause.

Meet Ricky, a sweet senior boy who arrived at Pets Alive from our friends at Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) right before the “big pause”. He was found as a stray roaming the streets of Brooklyn, with severe dental disease. His need for a dental treatment will not pause.

Ricky at ACC

Ricky at Pets Alive, all groomed!







We need you now more than ever. On average, it costs Pets Alive $15 a day to provide a single day of care for just ONE animal. We have 208 animals in care at Pets Alive at this very moment. That equals $3,120 a day!  

There is so much more than just food and water behind each one of our animals. The shelter requires electricity, heat, staff, cleaning supplies, medications, maintenance, dental treatments, lab work, farriers and general veterinarian care. That is on top of every single animal getting appropriate vaccinations, microchips, species-appropriate testing, deworming and being spayed/neutered.

With New York on pause, like so many parts of the country, fundraising events are being postponed or canceled – right when we need them the most headed into kitten season! Every year Pets Alive takes in close to 300 kittens from our local community. We are scared of that wave of kittens that will not pause without these fundraisers that see us through the never-ending calls for help. 

We need your help and we need it now! There are many ways to help:

  1. Donate an item through our Amazon Wish List. We are updating it daily with the most urgent needs.
  2. Create a Facebook Fundraiser and get your social networks involved.
  3. Become one of our monthly sponsors through our monthly giving program. Monthly giving helps us count on a certain amount of revenue each month to help us care for these 200+ animals. And it helps you with your budgeting by spreading out the costs over time. Even a $5.00 monthly sponsorship goes a long way.
  4. Donate a one-time gift to show your support for the animals in our care.

Pets Alive has been helping animals in need for over 30 years and by working together with your everlasting support, we will continue to answer those calls for help. Thank you for all you do for the animals!

Becky Tegze
Executive Director
Pets Alive





ps…prefer to send a donation check? Mail us a check to: Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940

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COVID-19 Update and Pets Alive

Because of them, we can’t close, we can’t stop

As the world around us seems to be turning upside down and our lives are disrupted in ways none of us could ever have imagined, the amazing Pets Alive staff is doing what they do best – standing strong and not stopping because lives depend on them.

Just this week, staff spotted two individuals by our dumpsters taking stuff out of their car – a bag of cat food, a bag of litter and two innocent cats in a cat carrier to be left behind. The cats are safe at Pets Alive and are being cared for. They will go up for adoption, business as usual – but business as usual is not the world we are in at this moment in time.

These 2 cats were left on our property earlier this week but are now safe at Pets Alive

We have temporarily closed to visitors and volunteers

To our volunteers and visitors who work on the front lines in health care, police officers, firemen and women, grocery stores, warehouses, truck drivers and others that must keep going, we want to say THANK YOU. 

We love our volunteers and visitors. You are the lifeblood of our organization, but we now must take these actions.

  • We will not reopen to volunteers for at least another 10 days. We need to protect our staff and our volunteers. If our staff becomes sick, we will be calling on our volunteer force, like never before, to help with every part of the daily feeding and caring of our animals. Think of our volunteers as our “relief pitchers” to be called in during the bottom of the ninth inning to bring us all home!
  • We are also closed to all casual visitors until further notice. 
  • New Volunteer Orientation has been suspended for at least the next few weeks.

We are still doing adoptions – but by appointment only

  • If you have been thinking about a new addition to your family, we really encourage you to consider adopting at this time. What better time to adopt a new best friend than when you are working from home and can help them acclimate to their new home and family!
  • You can view all our animals on our website. We have over 200 wonderful animals looking for a home.
  • We also will be highlighting our adoptable dogs, cats, sheep, and horses on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
  • Have a question about an animal you see? Please email us at and our adoption team will gladly respond.
  • See someone you would like to meet? Please fill out our adoption application HERE and wait to hear from our adoption team about coming in. We are also working on setting up Facetime and Skype meetings with potential adopters and animals. Chico and Mia are just a few of the animals available for adoption!

Four-year-old Chico is a master at playing ball! He’s an active dog looking for a new home.

Mia is a friendly senior looking for a new home after her prior owner died. She needs to be the only pet in the home.

Here’s some information for pet owners

  • Wondering about your pet and COVID-19? Click on the link HERE for useful information for pet owners published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Have a plan for your pets in case you get sick.

To all of you, we would not be here without you and your continued support which is essential to saving lives now more so than ever. This global pandemic will impact all of us, but we can only continue to help the innocent, voiceless animals with your help and support. We are grateful to have you all in our corner, ready to help us continue to fulfill our mission of helping animals in need.

Becky Tegze
Executive Director
Pets Alive

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

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COVID-19 and Pets Alive

Each day more confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being reported in the Hudson Valley and many if not all are concerned about how this will affect our community and the pets we all love. We know this is a scary time for many and I wanted to reach out to you to let you know everything we are doing here at Pets Alive to keep everyone safe.

Keeping our staff, animals, volunteers, and visitors safe

  • We have canceled our upcoming Bowl-a-Thon Event. We are working closely with Quinnz Pinz and hope to be announcing a new date very soon. If you have already registered, donated an item for the silent auction, signed up to volunteer for the event, or sponsored a lane, please watch your inbox as we will be communicating all the needed information to you.
  • We have suspended all New Volunteer Orientations through the end of March
  • We have suspended school groups and other groups from visiting until further notice
  • We took a proactive approach weeks ago and made sure we had sufficient supplies on hand for the daily care and needs of the animals in our care. – food, medical supplies and disinfectants for our animal areas – we use Rescue 
  • We are communicating with our volunteers, to please stay home if they have traveled outside the US in the last 30 days, have come in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or someone who is being ruled out, if their child’s school is closed down, and of course, if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat
  • We have also bumped up our daily cleaning measures and are cleaning door handles and surfaces in our common public areas multiple times a day. 
  • Staying sanitized: We have hand sanitizer in all our public areas and ample antibacterial soap 
  • We are staying informed, we are working closely with our national animal sheltering community and are participating in daily discussions to stay up-to-date on possible animal shelter impacts. Animal Sheltering magazine recently released a coronavirus tool kit, which is a helpful read for those of us working and volunteering in the shelter:

 What Pet Owners Should do

  • Create a plan: We encourage all pet owners to have an emergency plan in place for their pets. Make sure pets are wearing proper identification; have crates and extra food or supplies on hand; and identify a trusted family member, friend or pet sitter who can care for your pet if you or a family member become ill or are hospitalized.

Things to know

  • COVID-19 is contagious for humans and, as of now, is understood to spread primarily from person to person. The WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association ) Global Veterinary Community—an association representing more than 200,000 veterinarians—states that there is no evidence that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection to other animals or humans.
  • According to the World Health Organization, to date, there have not been any cases of dogs or cats becoming sick with the new coronavirus, COVID-19. There is also no evidence of people catching the virus from companion animals. 

At this time, Pets Alive is remaining open to the public. We have many amazing pets still searching for a family to call their own and we encourage you to open your hearts and home to them. We are hard at work protecting the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, visitors and of course, the pets in our care. We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated as changes happen.

Wash your hands, sneeze, and cough into your elbow and know we will get through COVID-19.

Becky Tegze
Executive Director
Pets Alive

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A Stray’s Journey – Snowcone Part II

A little background:

Snowcone is an undersocialized dog; as a result of being on the run, he has developed coping skills that depend largely on the avoidance of contact with people in order to be safe in uncertain circumstances, so we have to gently guide him using his own comfort level as a blueprint. We can’t wait for him to get used to people, so we reward small behaviors in order to shape new habits. Rewards can be treats or even creating distance.

Snowcone’s in foster:

Because he was not doing as well as we had hoped, Snowy went into foster care with me.  I initially set up a large crate in the bedroom, so he would feel safe. During the day, the crate was left open. I also have a very mellow St Bernard, Violet, another rescue from PA.  They could interact without Snowy feeling too stressed.

After about a week of being in the crate and finding the two of them snuggling in it together, I decided to dismantle it.

Snowy did have a few problems acclimating to living in a home:

His first obstacle, or rather mine, was his need to mark as well as urinate on the path he felt the most comfortable with in getting to the door to go out. Sadly, my dining room table and a few wing chairs fell victim.  What to do?  Management always comes first, so I wrapped the furniture legs with wee wee pads and placed shower curtain liners on the rug under the table.  Problem solved until training could kick in, right?  Not so right:  My senior girl Violet had developed pancreatitis; this exhibited itself in sudden diarrhea, which I discovered when I first woke up one morning, eyes half opened, and drowsily made my way into the bathroom. You guessed it. I stepped barefooted right into it!  Poop to the left of me, pee to the right.

Luckily, this poop and pee fest only lasted a month.

Snowy and Violet

Then there was the feeding issue.  Because Violet is on special food for her pancreatitis, she cannot have regular food.  Snowy was initially fed in his crate with that door closed and the bedroom door closed. Now he is fed in the bedroom with the door closed; in fact, he will not eat with anyone in the room or noise outside of the room.  This is something I can slowly work on by being in the room for his breakfast; he should be hungry enough to eat.

The most important aspect is building trust. While Snowy allows petting, he doesn’t trust enough for him to enjoy it. I slowly built up the time I pet him. Low and behold, one day he jumped up onto the bed next to me. I pet him for about 5 seconds and stopped as soon as he exhibited any sign of stress.  Before long he was enjoying full out belly rubs. I was in seventh heaven.

Then the holidays hit…

Written by Robin Markovits CCDT, AKC



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URGENT: Cupid needs your love and support

**Warning: Graphic images**

How law enforcement found Cupid

Cupid, a badly abused dog, was brought to us by law enforcement; she is what we refer to here at Pets Alive as a “scoop and run”.

As Cupid arrived, her paws never even touched the ground as one team transferred her to our vehicle and another team ran for the phone to alert our veterinarian, Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, that we were en route with an emergency.

Open, raw and bloody wounds were all over her legs, an environment highly susceptible to infection and a source of pain.

Yet, she is a kind and gentle dog, letting the veterinarian team examine her even though she was abused and in pain.

Cupid being examined by the medical team

Cupid’s days of abuse though, are over. She is currently hospitalized where she is receiving multiple types of treatment for her wounds. The medical team is using a wet-to-dry dressing on her wounds, which involves placing moist saline gauze onto the wound bed, then allowing it to dry and adhere to the tissue in the wound bed.

Wet-to-dry dressings are a non-selective debridement method that removes necrotic (dead) tissue. Sadly, there is not enough healthy skin to even close the wounds at this point, but over time, through treatment, her skin will improve. Once that dead tissue is removed, the wounds can start the healing process.

Cupid goes for a walk after having her wounds wrapped

She is also receiving water therapy to promote healthy skin and laser therapy for pain management – and antibiotics to fight off infection.

Cupid will heal in time, however, it will take intensive care for months for her to recover.

We have committed ourselves to Cupid’s healing knowing that our community, our supporters, our friends, our volunteers, and our adopters will join us in that commitment to help Cupid heal – and  be loved and spoiled the way it should have always been.

Can we count on you to help Cupid and share some love this Valentine’s Day and help us pay for her medical expenses?

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

Thank you once again for being our lifeline to help the animals!

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