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Pets Alive Welcomes Katie Emerson, DVM, as Full Time Staff Veterinarian

katiePets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown and Elmsford NY, with another facility in Puerto Rico, has just hired a full time veterinarian to join their staff.

Dr. Emerson’s time will be spent mostly at the Elmsford location which has a medical clinic but she will also be at Middletown once a week, and will be spending two weeks in August at their Bed & Breakfast Rescue Sanctuary in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Katie Emerson received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. She has had an interest in shelter medicine ever since she volunteered for several rescue groups during her college years. Dr. Emerson’s specific veterinary interests include high-volume spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return for feral cats, population and infectious disease management, and feline medicine and behavior. She is a passionate member of the no-kill movement and is excited to be joining one of the leaders of that movement in Pets Alive. Dr. Emerson and her fiancé, Matt, share their home with four rescue pets: their dog, Raleigh, and their three cats, WallE, EvE, and Coconut.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Emerson as a member of our full time staff”, said Kerry Clair, Pets Alive President. “Financially this was the logical next step for our organization, but also the ability to have a veterinarian onsite five days a week will be a huge benefit to our animals.”

The veterinary clinic in Elmsford, NY currently assists low income families with their pets’ medical needs, and also offers low cost spay/neuter for the community. Pets Alive has plans to open up a medical clinic next year at their Middletown location, and a medical clinic is already underway in Puerto Rico.

“We believe that to help end the suffering, abandonment, and surrenders of animals, that it is important to offer these services in as many areas as possible”, said Kerry Clair. “We need to be able to help the community keep their pets in their homes and we want to be a resource to help low-income or senior citizens that may have trouble financially caring for their animals.

Filed in Press Releases by kerry on Jun 18, 2013.  There are 0 comments.  

Santa requests Pets Alive assistance once again!

Little Boys and Girls to be surprised with the Greatest Christmas Present Imaginable

Today, Sunday, Dec 9, Santa made the long trek from the North Pole to Middletown, NY to visit Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary spreading cheer all along the way. While he was there he spent time listening to Christmas requests and posing for photos with some of the most handsome animals and children in all the land. When he finished recording the last wish list, he gathered all the Pets Alive staff for an important announcement. We held our breath as he cleared his throat and asked for Pets Alive help again this Christmas.

We were all thrilled to hear that he wants us to once again serve as his Honorary Elves this Christmas, delivering loving animals to little girls and boys everywhere!

“We are incredibly humbled by Santa’s request to assist in spreading the holiday cheer by delivering these adorable dogs, cats and rabbits. All of us at Pets Alive take on this obligation with great pride and understanding of the responsibility we hold in representing Santa and all of the North Pole,” gleamed Kerry Clair, Executive Director of Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary.

Santa explained to the Honorary Elves that he had many little boys and girls that would be receiving dogs and cats for Christmas and he preferred that these furry friends not be left in a box under the tree all night! So, just like last year, he will visit Pets Alive on Christmas Eve and leave with us, all the dogs and cats, and puppies and kittens that are going into new homes this season. And once again we will wake up very early and travel around town dropping off the most fantastic gift any child can receive—a loving pet to call their own!

If you are a parent and you have already told Santa it is ok for your children to receive a pet this holiday season all you need to do is fill out our application online. Once you are approved, come down and tell us which pet might be the right one for you – Santa has left us with information about all the animals he wants to go home this Christmas! Pets Alive will tell Santa which pet you’ve selected for your family, so he can drop them off to us Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning we will arrive, (with the Pets Alive MAGIC BUS) and knock on your door….

::door opens, little boy looks up. There we stand in our Santa hats with our official clipboard and big MAGIC BUS behind us::
Us: “Hello, is this the house of Susie and Timmy So-and-So?”

Little Boy: “Yes. This is. I am Timmy So-and-So”.
Us: “Well, Timmy, get your sister, because we have a very special delivery from Santa for the two of you!!”

::We turn, whistle and out of the bus comes Santa’s Elf with Fido!! ::

Us: “Timmy and Susie – Santa asked us to take care of your new dog, Fido. He stopped by Pets Alive so that Fido didn’t sit under the tree in a box all night! He asked us to deliver him to you this morning! Merry Christmas Timmy and Susie from Santa and Pets Alive! ….. and Merry Christmas to YOU , Fido, for you my sweet little furry friend, have finally found your forever home!”

Filed in Press Releases by kerry on Dec 09, 2012.  There are 4 comments.  

2012 Catsino Night!

Gamble Without the Guilt at Catsino Night to Benefit Pets Alive
Sky View and Waterview Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare to Host Life Saving Event

On Saturday November 17th from 6-10pm Pets Alive will once again be celebrating Catsino Night in pure Vegas style. This elegant evening will feature Frank Sinatra inspired tunes from DJ Danny Salgado of Changing Rhythms, illusions by street magician and mentalist Chris Dare and of course casino games galore. Join us and try your luck at black jack, poker, craps, roulette and even slot machines. Just like on the famous Strip you can splurge on boutique inspired prizes with all the funny money you win. When you run out of chips you can visit the silent auction to bid on fabulous items.

Best of all, while sinning the night away guests will be contributing to saving the lives of thousands of deserving animals. Pets Alive, one of the oldest and largest no-kill organizations in the country, works tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals. In 2012 alone the organization will find forever homes for over 3,200 lovable critters.

This is the second year in a row that Sky View and Waterview Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare will be graciously hosting Catsino Night to benefit Pets Alive. Attendees will be treated to cocktails and delicious hor d’oeuvres specially designed by the Executive Chef at Waterview Hills. Located in Croton on the Hudson, guests will enjoy this glamorous evening while overlooking beautiful views of the Hudson River from Sky View Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

Please join us for Catsino Night on November 17, 2012 from 6-10pm at Sky View Rehabilitation and Healthcare – 1280 Albany Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

Tickets can be purchase for $75 for individuals and $125 for couples at

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Filed in Press Releases by kerry on Oct 17, 2012.  There are 0 comments.