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Animals evacuated from collapsing animal shelter building; volunteers needed

A New York animal shelter needs volunteers on Sunday to help remove the contents of their building after the building was found to be unsafe.

Animals evacuated from collapsing Pets Alive Westchester building
Pets Alive Westchester

Workers installing new kennels and making repairs to the roof at Pets Alive Westchester noticed several large cracks in the building.

After an inspection, engineers announced that all had to evacuate, including the 100 dogs, 80 cats and 5 rabbits housed at Pets Alive Westchester. All the rabbits have been adopted or fostered, and most of the cats have gone to Pets Alive in Middletown and Mid Hudson Animal Aid in Beacon, New York.

Several dogs, however, still need homes as soon as possible.

On their Facebook page, Pets Alive Westchester reports:

We will need volunteers… Sunday beginning at 10am! You do not need to have taken our orientation, please just show up - we are at 100 Warehouse Lane South in Elmsford, NY. When you come to the building - DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING. The condition of the building is rapidly deteriorating. Please meet in the loading dock area (to the left of the main entrance) for instructions. We need everyone to stay safe! All of our animals are out of the building but we need help emptying the entire building and loading all of the contents into trailers. We have been given a reprieve by the city before they bar us from entering the building and shut off our utilities but we must have absolutely everything out by Sunday night. Please join us if you can and THANK YOU!! We will be unable to respond to questions by phone or email at this time - if you can help, please come down.”

Pets Alive notes that they do not need donations of materials, since they have almost no animals left on site. But anyone interested in fostering or adopting is asked to send an email to On their Facebook page, the shelter adds “We beg your patience as we are receiving thousands of emails per day right now and it may be some days before we can reply.”

Repairing the building could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Pets Alive set up a PayPal link for anyone interested in donating money. Click here to donate.

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