Pets Alive Westchester
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
100 Warehouse Lane South
Elmsford, NY 10523
Pets at Our Rescue Group:
Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:We adopt to the tri-state area, and beyond. We do not ship pets, but will adopt to out of state if adopter comes to meet us, the pet and transports pet back WITH them. Home checks are required for out of state adopters.
About Our Rescue Group:Our Mission:
Pets Alive Westchester is a no-kill animal shelter. Our mission is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education.
We care for dogs, cats and rabbits at our sanctuary in Elmsford, NY. Many of the animals at Pets Alive Westchester are older, have special needs or require special care.
Pets Alive Westchester is one of the oldest no-kill organizations in the United States - we areover 80 years old and are recognized within the local community, nationwide and around the world, as a leader in developing alliances to end the killing of adoptable animals and promoting the humane treatment of animals.
Pets Alive Westchester houses some 250 dogs, and 300 catsof all ages.
Since 1931, the goal of the Elmsford Animal Shelter (now Pets Alive Westchester) has been to find permanent, loving homes for all those dogs, cats, rabbits, and assorted others who pass through our doors. In lieu of that, we provide sanctuary for as long as is necessary for those more difficult to place either due to age, health, or behavioral history. Each day presents a new challenge or a new beginning.
Operating first out of private homes of volunteers, then to a quarter acre of property in tiny cottages, the Elmsford Animal Shelter is now the largest no-kill shelter in the tri-state area, located on 5 acres in a 46,000 square foot modern facility. We are a non-profit organization operating solely on donations, receiving no funding from city or state. We accept animals from every locale. There are those cats and dogs whose irresponsible owners tire of them once they become troublesome, sick, or in some way fail to live up to expectation. There are those belonging to desperate owners who find that they cannot be returned to the shelters or agencies from which they were originally adopted. There are the seniors whose owners have died suddenly or retired to nursing homes. There are the nameless, solitary wanderers who belong to no one and live off the streets in unsafe neighborhoods. We find them or they find us - in every state of health, every age, with every problem, every fearful, expectant or attentive look. We provide immediate medical care with a veterinarian on staff. We provide nutritious meals and a comfortable resting place. We provide them with a home for now, as we work toward and anticipate their well-deserved future.
Come Meet our Pets:It is strongly suggested that you fill-out and submit your adoption application online. We will check your references and get back to you within 24 hours. Alternatively, you may fill-out and submit an application at our facility. We will make every effort to approve your application while you wait, but can only do so if all your references are available at that time.
When it comes to choosing an animal, remember that sometimes the cutest animal on the page may NOT suit your family life! Our Adoption Counselor will help you choose an animal that suits your family and activity level. Please note that everyone in your household must be present at the time of adoption, and that includes any dogs you currently have.
Thanks for wanting to offer a home to a shelter animal, we hope you will fill out an application today!
Cat adoption application
Dog adoption application
Rabbit adoption application
Your new pet has been spayed/neutered, is up-to-date on shots, and is microchipped. You get one free vet visit within 7 days of your adoption. You also get a discount on your next purchase at Petco when you show them the Pets Alive Westchester adoption agreement at checkout.
There is an adoption fee for ALL animals:
Cats are $100, kittens are $125, senior cats (over 10) are $50.
The adoption donation for dogs start at $100 for seniors (over 7), $200 for adult dogs and dogs who have been here for more than one year, $300 for young dogs and specialty breeds, and $350 for toy breeds.
Rabbits are $50.
We charge an adoption fee to prevent people from getting "free" animals and selling them to labs or pit bull rings. We also charge a fee to try to offset some of our costs.
Believe us - the adoption fees do not come CLOSE to the expense of treating, medicating, housing, feeding and providing care for these animals. It costs us $125 to spay and neuter an animal, $20 to microchip them, $30 to get them up to date on all shots, $15 to treat them for fleas/ticks, $30 to treat them for worms, and $40 to test them for parvo (or FIV/FeLV if a cat). If you did all that at the vet, your costs would be triple ours.
Our Adoption Process:Prospective adopters must complete a pre-adoption application, supplying personal and/or veterinary references. There will be an interview between the adopter and the adoption counselor to ensure the best match between family and pet. All members of the adopting household should be present to meet the new prospective household member. Processing usually takes two business days. The nominal adoption fee includes vaccinations, deworming, FIV/FeLV testing for cats, spaying or neutering and an office visit at one of a number of participating clinics in the area. Animals under 6 months require a deposit to ensure their return at 6 months to be spayed or neutered.
Remember that dog and cat adoption saves lives. Please consider a shelter animal before you buy a pet from a breeder or pet store.