September 4-5, 2010
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Pets Alive dedicates new dog facility
HOWELLS – Pets Alive, one of the largest and most successful strictly no-kill animal sanctuaries in the U.S., keeps growing. Two of Pets Alive’s major benefactors are Grammy winning artist Rob Thomas and his wife, Marisol, who adopted a beloved dog, Tyler, from Pets Alive, some years ago.
Tyler passed on last year, but is not forgotten, said Pets Alive Executive Co-Director Kerry Clair.
“As a surprise to them, we dedicated this area and named it ‘Camp Tyler’.”
Camp Tyler is a new array of outdoor kennels, each with an ‘igloo’, a pool, and a misting system to keep the dogs cool in hot weather.
Clair said there was another ‘surprise’ announcement at Friday’s ceremony at their Howells facility.
“Marisol and Rob have committed to help us pay for a medical facility that’s being built here. That medical facility will offer a free spay and neuter to the community, or low-cost. It will also offer low-cost medical assistance to the community. And, we will also handle all the medical needs of any other rescue that’s no-kill.”
Marisol Thomas said this fulfills a 10-year dream.
“To know that we finally can do this. That we now can take an animal that normally we couldn’t because they needed emergency medical care, and now we can, and we can keep them from that point. If they get in a forever home, that’s wonderful. If they don’t we have a place where they can live out their lives.”
Robert Thomas said this is an endeavor with endless built-in rewards.
“We get all the feedback from all the families and we hear about the lives that they are having, and because we now have two of our dogs that we have gotten.”
The Thomases, who live in New York City, were also presented with the Pets Alive ‘Starfish Award’ because of their dedication to animal welfare.
Pets Alive was founded 35 years ago by Sara Whalen, who gave it full dedication, but in the final years of her life, was unable to maintain the facility.
Clair said thanks to an army of volunteers, and many benefactors, they have turned Pets Alive into what was originally intended. Another factor in their success is the extra steps they take when it comes to adoptions.
“We very carefully match and screen our dogs to our people, and we learn the temperaments and personalities of our dogs. We spend a lot, a lot of time with our dogs down here, a lot. Volunteers do, as well, and we get a lot of feedback about them so we can help facilitate a good match.”
You can start the adoption process by visiting their website at www.petsalive.com.
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