Pets Alive, one of the oldest and largest no-kill organizations in the country welcomed a truckload of 78 puppies and dogs from East Baton Rouge, Louisiana last Wednesday afternoon. While 39 of these adorable pups were dropped off at the shelter’s Elmsford location, the others continued north to Pets Alive’s Middletown location.
After a few days to rest from the long trip most of these lovable pets are now available for adoption. The shelter is open every day, click here for their hours.
Like many shelters across the country, the East Baton Rouge facility was struggling with overcrowding and facing the possibility of mass-euthanization of many healthy and adoptable pets.
“We’re grateful that the East Baton Rouge Executive Director reached out to the ASPCA when she realized how bad the situation was,” says Jenessa Taylor, Pets Alive Westchester Executive Director. “With over 400 dogs, the shelter had limited options and faced having to kill these healthy adoptable dogs. We have collaborated with the ASPCA many times and are happy be doing it again to save these lives.”
This is the third mass rescue the organization conducted this year and they don’t expect it to be the last. Fueled to further the no-kill movement, the group responds to request from shelters in similar situations often and does everything in their power to ensure these animals are given a second chance. Recognized within the local community, nationwide and around the world as a leader in developing alliances, Pets Alive is making a real impact.
In January, the organization, again in conjunction with the ASPCA, conducted a mass rescue from the JP Ranch in Arkansas, a no-kill shelter which was forced to close after its founder developed a terminal illness. At that time 135 dogs were rescued from the Ranch and high kill shelters in the surrounding area. 30 of these dogs tested positive for heartworm (a condition which leads to death if not treated); all were given the medical treatment necessary and are now thriving. For the first time many of these Arkansas shelters experienced empty kennels and did not euthanize a single dog that week. The majority of these pets have already been adopted.
Over Mother’s Day weekend Pets Alive responded to news that a three week old orphaned kitten had been killed just 45 minutes after intake at a facility in New York City. After learning that multiple sets of nursing mothers and their kittens were also scheduled to be killed, Pets Alive sprang into action -- rescuing 108 kittens and cats (as well as a number of dogs). Deemed the Itty Bitty Kitty Rescue, this intake has led to nearly 100 of these deserving pets finding loving, forever homes.
As an independently-funded organization Pets Alive is grateful to have the support of community members who adopt these animals, make donations and volunteer their time helping to save thousands of deserving animals every year. Visit www.petsalive.org to learn more.
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Remember that dog and cat adoption saves lives. Please consider a shelter animal before you buy a pet from a breeder or pet store.