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Pets Alive Westchester (Elmsford)


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Address:
100 Warehouse Lane South, Elmsford, NY

Call Us: (914) 372-7433


In 2010 Pets Alive expanded to another location, taking over the Elmsford Animal Shelter in Elmsford, NY. The shelter had housed over 1,100 animals. The conditions were poor and many of the animals were not socialized in positive ways. This resulted in many dogs that were not only afraid of people but aggressive toward them. The behaviors of the dogs were not their fault. They were a result of neglect. Pets Alive knew they had to change this. They knew they could. It would take years to get to the place that they want to be in regard to reducing the amount of animals though adoptions, finding forever homes for seniors, foster homes for hospice animals and fixing the run down facility and old kennels. But, they knew that in time that the place that had a negative reputation in the community would come to have a positive one through their dedication to the animals and efforts to improve their lives.

Pets Alive can proudly say that since 2010 many positive changes have happened. The animals have an excellent quality of life. The population is reduced to fewer than 200 from the 1,100 that were there when Pets Alive came in. Pets Alive turned what was a shelter into a sanctuary. Volunteers and staff walk the dogs every day and spend time with the cats and bunnies. They are all loved.

Pets Alive Westchester is a no-kill animal sanctuary, located in Elmsford, NY on 5 acres with a 46,000 square foot facility. Our mission is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education.

We are a non-profit 501 c 3 organization operating solely on donations, receiving no funding from city or state. We accept animals from every locale. Whether it’s an animal we are saving from euthanasia at a high kill shelter, a hoarding situation, or an owner surrendering a pet, we will provide love, medical, nutrition and housing to animals from various situations with various needs.
Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
5
Rescue Groups
5
Foster Care
5
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
5
Pet Retention
5
Medical and Behavior Programs
5
Public Relations/Community Involvement
1
Volunteers
5
Proactive Redemptions
0
A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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PAW closed down in September 2015. Other organizations are looking to take the property, but it has been abandoned for 6 months.
posted by (empty name), on 2016-03-15 17:59:17