August 2, 2012

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Pets Alive welcomes 85 puppies from Louisiana

Anna Abrams, 9, of Fishkill, was among the 30 volunteers
who greeted puppies at Pets Alive in the Town of Wallkill.
The dogs were brought up from a Louisiana shelter.

TOWN OF WALLKILL – A total of 85 puppies, ranging in ages from two to four months, made the hours-long ride to the Hudson Valley to their new temporary home at Pets Alive, a no-kill shelter, after the East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter in Louisiana became overwhelmed with the pups.

Pets Alive, which is headquartered in the Town of Wallkill and has facilities in Elmsford and Puerto Rico, can accommodate the new guests until they are adopted, said Executive Director Kerry Clair.

“The problem is what they did down there is they decided they weren’t going to kill animals, but they didn’t have any of the programs in place to place the animals into homes, not adoption programs, not trap-neuter-return, not spay-neuter programs, and so what happened is they quickly wound up with many, many dogs, and the board of directors down there determined that these dogs need to be euthanized back to the numbers they can actually house there and the new director walked in and said she didn’t want to euthanize them and looked for other options,” Clair said.

The puppies were tested for heart worm. Those with the disease must be treated, but the healthy ones could be adopted almost immediately, Clair said.


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