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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Sugar needs surgery

Sugar, a four-year-old Beagle-mix, is a rock star in our books! She recently came to Pets Alive through our transport network. She is now adapting to her new environment at our facility – but it isn’t the first time she had to adapt to her environment.

What this sweeter than Sugar girl has endured during her 4 short years is heartbreaking. She was hit by a car as a puppy and was left with an untreated broken leg. No medical help was provided and her leg healed but without function. She adapted to the injury however the resulting nerve pain lingered.

She was then allowed to roam the streets and she became pregnant. She had her puppies however this precious family was then dumped at a shelter by their owner.

We now need to correct the mistakes of the past by amputating her leg so that Sugar can live pain-free.

You can give Sugar the chance she deserves by donating today to help fund the surgery. Additionally, check out Sugar’s video and see how sweet she is!

Sugar will be available for adoption once she heals from her surgery. Thank you for your everlasting support! Your help truly makes a difference for the animals.

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

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Lola’s Story

Today we tell Lola’s story. A story of isolation. A story of neglect. A story of cruelty.

After a lengthy investigation by the Hudson Valley SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division, Lola has finally been liberated. Our Pets Alive team met Humane Law Officers and New York State Troopers in Campbell Hall, NY, to give Lola her freedom ride to Pets Alive — leaving behind hands of cruelty and moving forward to hands that will show her nothing but love, compassion and understanding.

Because of the neglect and abuse Lola had suffered, what our team found was a scared and confused older girl who wasn’t sure if we were there to help or do more harm. Our first goal was gaining her trust and, luckily for us, this girl has a sweet tooth and we quickly won her over with some German Minty Muffins Horse Treats.

Her body tells her story. Scars on her back from rain rot (equine bacterial skin disease) left untreated. Patches of missing hair, scabs and skin so damaged hair may never grow there again.

A corneal scar in her eye; Corneal scarring occurs when there is an injury to the eye that is left untreated, which then ulcerates and left untreated again forms scar tissue. The scar tissue now impairs the vision of her eye.Without proper farrier care, Lola’s hooves were allowed to grow to lengths that she had trouble walking.  Then the ultimate cruelty: Someone took a saw to them. No pain meds, no sedation, no training, no care to the pain that they inflicted on Lola, or that they left her barely able to walk for a week.Lola’s days of cruel hands and mistreatment are now behind her. At Pets Alive, she will know nothing but loving and compassionate hands. We are working with our vet and farrier to correct and heal the damage to her hooves.  Lola will require x-rays and extensive work to her hooves that could take many months.

Not only do Lola’s feet need attention, she needs blood work, vaccines, deworming, dental work and supplements to bring her back to health. All this costs money, which is why Lola needs your support today.The past weeks have not been kind to animals in our area and, now more than ever, they need your support. Lola, Cailan, Lt. Dan, Milo and so many more are depending on you.

Thanks to Sidewalk Angels Foundation your donation today will be doubled! They have generously pledged to match your gift up to $20,000!

THANK YOU for all you do for the animals and making a difference in their lives.

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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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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