ELMSFORD, N.Y. – Regional animal welfare group Pets Alive announced plans to close its Westchester County location in Elmsford due to unsafe building conditions and sky-high repair estimates.
“Although closing the Westchester location was a very difficult decision to make, the reality is that no amount of money is going to make this building safe in the long term,” Pets Alive Westchester executive director Erin Guilshan said in a statement. “There are issues that cannot be fixed. We have to think about what is best and safest for our organization and our animals.”
The location was closed for three months last year because of cracks in the building's structure, and estimates to repair the damage have run over $1 million, with no guarantees of safety.
Plans include staying open for a few more months to rehome the animals currently at the location, with existing adoption fees waived at both Pets Alive locations, Westchester and Middletown in Orange County. No new animals will be taken in at this time.
The remaining animals will be moved to the location in Middletown, and the announcement noted that none of them will be euthanized.
Donations are welcomed online at www.petsalive.org or mailed to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940.
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