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Elmsford Animal Shelter Closed Down Due To Structural Problems

Pets Alive posted photos of the structural damage at hits shelter in Greenburgh.
Pets Alive posted photos of the structural damage at hits shelter in Greenburgh. Photo Credit: Pets Alive/Facebook

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Elmsford Fire Department issued a statement Friday saying that the Greenburgh Building Department has condemned the Pets Alive Animal Shelter, formerly the Elmsford Animal Shelter, because of "major structural problems."

The building (located at South Warehouse Lane) was closed down and Con Edison will be shutting off the gas and electric to this building, fire officials said.

(Some) animals are being relocated to a Middletown shelter.

Pets Alive Westchester, which took over the Elmsford Animal Shelter and its work, reported earlier in the day that the shelter building is not structurally sound and will be closed.

Pets Alive Executive Director Ein Guilshan said there are 100 dogs, 80 cats and five rabbits under care that must be adopted immediately.

"Our main concern right now is that the animals receive the best possible care while we handle this urgent issue," Guilshan said in a statement.

From Pets Alive Westchester's Facebook page: "This is a very difficult thing to say to all of you, but our building may potentially be in serious jeopardy. It has been determined that Pets Alive Westchester is structurally not sound and needs to evacuate as soon as possible. There is no way around these horrible words."

The Facebook page also said Pets Alive planned to shelter the animals in trailers but urged those who would like to adopt that fees would be waived and fostering was also an alternative.

Before Pets Alive took over, the Elmsford shelter housed more than 500 dogs, many of whom were cramped five to an enclosure. The other side of the shelter houses dogs rescued from High-Kill animal shelters in the south or as far as Puerto Rico.

Those interested in donating to Pets Alive may do so via a donate link at Paypal. Note that donations will be handled by Pets Alive Middletown.

For more information, log on to the Pets Alive Adopt-aPet website or contact Pets Alive Westchester at

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