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Paws Crossed To Take Over Shuttered No-Kill Animal Shelter in Elmsford

The site of the former Elmsford animal shelter operated by Pets Alive. The Town of Greenburgh is expected to transfer ownership of the property over to a "no-kill" shelter known as Paws Crossed early next month. Photo Credit: Contributed
Town Board Work Session December 22, 2015 Town of Greenburgh.
Town Board Work Session December 22, 2015 Town of Greenburgh. Video Credit: Townof Greenburgh

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Paws Crossed, a newly formed no-kill animal shelter in Elmsford, will take over the former Pet’s Alive property once it is turned over to the town, says Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner.

The Pets Alive facility, which had been located at 100 Warehouse Road in the village, had to close in September due to major structural problems with the building, declining revenues and increasing costs. It recently announced its intentions to turn the property over the the town.

Dozens of cats and dogs had to be transferred to Pets Alive’s no-kill sanctuary in Middletown in Orange County.

Paws Crossed, a nonprofit that calls itself a “true” no-kill shelter (meaning that animals are only euthanized if they are terminally ill or suffering), serves Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties.

Its motto: “Rescue one by one until there is none.”

According to Feiner, representatives of Paws Cross met with town officials recently to discuss the turnover.

"They seem passionate about their pets, organized and have a great plan of action that will enable pets to be rescued and adopted by caring residents," he said.

To watch the organization’s presentation to the town, click here .

Jennifer Angelucci, president and CEO of Paws Crossed, said her group was formed in direct response to the public outcry over the closing of the Pets Alive shelter.

Angelucci said the transfers of the facility -- from Pets Alive to the town and then from the town to Paws Crossed -- should be completed by the end of January.

The organization, she said, understands the “structural issues” that come with the property and has been working with the town.

Town building inspector John Lucido, she added, has publicly stated that portions of the building could probably be used immediately.

This was, Angelucci said, “an incredible update from the original daunting news that the entire building was unusable until all the necessary fixes were completed.”

Paws plans -- with its engineer’s approval, advice and blueprints -- to immediately occupy the portions “deemed operational and safe,” she said.

It also plans to come up with a “detailed timeline” and a fundraising campaign to rejuvenate the “one section at a time,” Angelucci said.

Paws is seeking the community’s support on this project, she said.

To read other Daily Voice stories about Pets Alive, click here .

To follow their progress, click here , or visit the group’s Facebook page at .

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