PETS ALIVE HUDSON VALLEY FUR BALL CELEBRATES THE LIVES OF 1,000 ANIMALS SAVED LAST YEAR

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Subject: PETS ALIVE HUDSON VALLEY FUR BALL CELEBRATES THE LIVES OF 1,000 ANIMALS SAVED LAST YEAR
Date: May 10th 2010

Pets Alive
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010
Media Contact: Vera Lawlor
845-496-1779
vera@petsalive.com
PETS ALIVE HUDSON VALLEY FUR BALL CELEBRATES THE LIVES OF
1,000 ANIMALS SAVED LAST YEAR


SENATOR THOMAS K. DUANE AND ASSEMBLY MEMBER MICAH Z. KELLNER WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO SAVING ANIMALS LIVES DURING
FUNDRAISING FUR BALL

Abandoned outside a firehouse Henry was destined for death until firemen called Pets Alive for help. Within days, the emaciated and terrified American Staffordshire terrier had settled in at the sanctuary and quickly became a favorite with staff and volunteers. He was also a hit with David Ostrow and his fiancé Jennifer Chess when they came to Pets Alive to adopt a companion and service dog for Mr. Ostrow who is confined to a wheelchair. They adopted Henry - now called Goliath - in March.

"Goliath has really brightened our lives," said Ms. Chess. "David is not as sad or anxious when Goliath is around. When David is having a painful day, Goliath seems to sense it and knows to be a little bit gentler. He's a wonderful friend to have and he and David are inseparable."

Goliath will be honored along with seven other Pets Alive dogs and alumni during a special video presentation at the Pets Alive Hudson Valley Fur Ball that will be held 7 to 11 p.m., May 22 at Catlin Gardens in Slate Hill. The gala will include cocktails, dinner, music, dancing, and a silent auction.

During the celebration Pets Alive will recognize New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane and New York State Assembly Member Micah Z. Keller co-authors of "Oreo's Law," a bill that gives every dog a chance at life. The bill is named for Oreo, a pitbull who was euthanized last year despite pleas from Pets Alive to save her life. If passed, "Oreo's Law" would make it illegal for a shelter in New York State to kill an animal if a qualified organization is willing to take in that animal.

"We are deeply moved by the dedication of Senator Duane and Assembly Member Kellner to animals like Oreo," said Pets Alive President and Executive Co-Director Matt DeAngelis. "We cannot thank them enough for introducing this legislation and we are hoping that Oreo's senseless and unnecessary death will help save thousands of animals like her."

Major sponsors for the Pets Alive Hudson Valley Fur Ball are WRWD-FM (Country 107.3); William Grant and Sons (makers of Hendrick's Gin and Stolichnaya Vodka); Feder's Subaru in Middletown; and Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. Tickets are $125 and all proceeds will help Pets Alive to continue its mission to improve the lives of companion animals. To purchase tickets visit: www.petsalive.com/furball.

Pets Alive is a no-kill animal shelter, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, about 1 1/2 hours from New York City. Many of the animals at Pets Alive are victims of neglect, abuse, or violence. Some have been rejected by other organizations because of special needs, and many have been pulled from other shelters just hours before they were to be euthanized. The mission of the 80-acre sanctuary is to rescue, rehabilitate, and place these animals into loving homes. Last year Pets Alive placed more than 1,000 animals. The sanctuary is 100 percent privately funded, and relies on the generosity of the community to meet its needs. For more information about Pets Alive visit www.petsalive.com

Goliath
Photo Caption: Goliath was emaciated and terrified when rescued by Pets Alive where he quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite. He was also a hit with David Ostrow (pictured above with Goliath) who adopted him in March. The two are inseparable and Goliath is not only a loving companion but also a service dog for Mr. Ostrow.
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