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StacyKnows: Financial Woes Force Pets Alive To Shut Elmsford Shelter

Pets Alive, a "no-kill" animal shelter, has been forced to close its Elmsford facility and move dozens of cats and dogs to its sanctuary in Middletown, according to a report in the blogazine StacyKnows.
Pets Alive, a "no-kill" animal shelter, has been forced to close its Elmsford facility and move dozens of cats and dogs to its sanctuary in Middletown, according to a report in the blogazine StacyKnows. Photo Credit: Facebook

ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- Financial woes and other issues finally have forced Pets Alive Westchester, a “no-kill” animal shelter in Elmsford, to close for good, according to a report on StacyKnows, a lifestyle blogazine.

Pets Alive had operated for five years in a 40,000-square-foot space on Warehouse Lane, the report said.

Structural problems with the building, coupled with declining revenue and increased operating costs, finally did the sanctuary in, said the report by Stacy Geisinger, a Daily Voice community advisor.

The dozens of dogs and cats that were not adopted before the Elmsford facility closed have been transferred to Pets Alive’s other shelter, which is on an 80-acre site on Derby Road in Orange County’s Middletown, according to the report.

The 60-plus new residents have bought the Middletown population to more than 300 dogs, cats and farm animals, the report said.

Both sites, hoping to have all the Elmsford animals adopted, ran “Free Love” events where the usual fees were waived. Those adopting could make a donation of their choosing, the report said.

According to the report, Pets Alive and Greenburgh town officials, including Supervisor Paul Feiner, had many discussions about the Elmsford shelter’s future. But talks about the possible transfer of ownership of the property to the town eventually fell through, and Pets Alive is now seeking proposals from qualified animal rescue organizations, the report said.

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