Our History

July 2015:  The former shelter in Elmsford, NY, Central Westchester Humane Society (DBA Pets Alive Westchester), makes the announcement that it is closing. The community of Westchester is devastated, as CWHS, a true no-kill rescue, was in existence since 1932 (DBA PAW since 2010).


August 2015:  Paws Crossed Animal Rescue Inc. is incorporated.


September 2015: The former facility closes their doors.  Rescue comes to a halt and all assets and animals are moved to their other facility in Orange County, New York.


October 2015: Paws Crossed Animal Rescue receives our 501(c)3 Determination Letter (in 6 weeks, which we hear is record timing!).


March 2016:  After months of negotiations, Paws Crossed signs a “Donation Agreement” with the Town of Greenburgh, NY for the building and property.


June 2016:  Paws Crossed signs the closing paperwork on the property and are given the keys to the building!


June 2016:  Mike Arms, President/CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center, joins Paws Crossed’s Board of Directors!




September 2016:  The Rockefeller Recreation Room, our Training/Community Center, is opened.


October 2016:  We started a training partnership with Children’s Village - an educational organization for at-risk teenagers.


January 2017: Paws Crossed Animal Rescue signs a “Transfer Agreement” with Pets Alive Inc. providing for, among other things, the return of the Legacy Dogs. Many of “The Legacies" are dogs that have lived much of their lives at our facility, dating back to the days of the Elmsford Animal Shelter because of various behavioral issues. For some, it was the only home they had ever known. When Pets Alive Westchester closed its doors in Elmsford in September 2015, the Legacies were moved to Pets Alive’s location in Middletown NY. 


February 2017:  Created two ‘Living Rooms’ - These rooms give the dogs that have never been in a house, a sense of a home environment and help prepare these dogs to be successful in their own forever home.


May 2017: President/CEO Jennifer Angelucci is named one of Westchester’s Class of 2017 Wunderkinds - Young professionals under 30 that are making a huge impact on our local, national and global societies.


August 2017:  The last remaining Legacy dog comes home!!!


September 2017:  1st Year Anniversary opened to the public!

January 2018: We launched a new innovative program, Reading to Rover, in which children read to trained and registered therapy dogs.


March 2018: Three new play yards were constructed. These are designed to give us more space for training, playgroups for exercise & socialization, and also for adoption meet and greets!


April 2018: A beautiful pathway was put in so that our volunteers could safely and comfortably walk the dogs without worrying about all of the mud!


February and May 2018: We were fortunate to be featured in two videos produced by The Dodo, both were viewed over 1 million times, giving the Rescue great exposure.


August 2018: The first bricks were placed in our Honorary Garden. This garden is meant to honor those we love and those we have lost.


September 16th, 2018: We celebrated our 3rd Annual Paws Crossed Day, our 2nd year open to the public!


December 2018: Insulation on the back kennels was completed and a new HVAC system for our Observation Kennel was started! (Completed in early 2019).


December 2018: A new rescue van was purchased with 18 built in kennels, allowing us to significantly increase the lives saved and assist in emergency situations.


December 2018: We held our first free pet clinic with Banfield Animal Hospital, offering wellness checks, vaccines, and microchips to pet families in need.

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