Helping Pets and People in Crisis
The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals created the Helping Pets and People in Crisis program in response to the many requests we receive from people facing heartbreaking separation from their pets during times of crisis. The program attempts to provide assistance to women, men, and children fleeing domestic violence; seniors requiring medical care outside of their home; and families facing eviction or other temporary setbacks.
By collaborating with traditional social services, we can sometimes offer temporary care of these pets through our foster care network and boarding facilities, with the aim of reuniting the pets with their families once their situation is stabilized. If reunification is not possible, the pets are placed for adoption, sparing families already in crisis the further distress of leaving their beloved pet in a shelter.
Mayor's Alliance Partners with Urban Resource Institute
In May 2013, we began a partnership with Urban Resource Institute and its People and Animals Living Safely (URIPALS) pilot program. URIPALS is the first program for victims of domestic violence in New York City — and one of the few offered nationwide — that offers co-sheltering for families and their pets.
The PALS program equips a URI shelter to house families and pets together, preserving the welfare and safety of all. The program began by accepting small animals, such as cats, rabbits, birds, and fish, and URI is seeking funding and resources to equip its facility to accept dogs and expand the program to other shelters. The Alliance provides essential support in the form of crucial expertise and technical assistance addressing the link between animal welfare and human welfare.
Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund
The Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals pays for supplies and support to ensure that families seeking refuge from domestic violence do not have to leave their pets behind.
Information & Resources
For individuals who are in crisis and are seeking assistance with pet-related issues, we hope the information below is useful in helping you to access resources that can provide the assistance you need.
Our ability to achieve successful outcomes for the cases we handle is greatly enhanced when the social workers and other social service providers with whom we collaborate in finding solutions for their client have an understanding of how our program works and the resources available to their clients. We are providing information below to assist social workers and other social service providers in the hopes that it will be useful in responding to their clients' needs.
Helping Pets and People in Crisis in the News
by Duncan Strauss, Talking Animals
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
by Marc Lallanilla, LiveScience
Monday, November 18, 2013
by Cheryl Hanna, Examiner.com
Monday, October 14, 2013
by Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal
Sunday, October 6, 2013
by University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
Wendnesday, September 25, 2013
by Erika Tarantal, NBC New York
Thursday, August 8, 2013
by Robert Paul Hudson, Pet Radio Show
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Press Release by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
Monday, July 29, 2013
by The Huffington Post
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
by Cassie Boss, The Inquisitr
Monday, June 3, 2013
by Erin Billups, NY1
Monday, June 3, 2013
by Laura Beck, Jezebel
Sunday, June 2, 2013