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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 individuals and families 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 offer creative solutions and pet welfare services aimed at keeping pets with their families or reuniting them quickly 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 relinquishing their beloved pet in a shelter.

Helping Pets and People in Crisis Toolkit

By assisting in more than 1,000 individual cases since the program’s launch in 2006, the Helping Pets and People in Crisis program has compiled important resources, information, and promising interventions that can help people, along with their pets, during the most challenging times in their lives. To make these resources easily accessible to social workers and human service organizations and to help them incorporate pet welfare into their work, we created the Helping Pets and People in Crisis Toolkit.

While this toolkit does not serve as an all-inclusive review of available options or resources when dealing with people and their pets in crisis, it is a suggested list of resources, research, assessment tools, and promising practice intervention techniques created as a reference guide for social service professionals. Much of this information is geared to those in New York City, but can be modified for different communities.

Our Partnership with Urban Resource Institute

In May 2013, the Alliance began a partnership with Urban Resource Institute and its URI 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 URIPALS program allows families and their pets to shelter in the emergency facility, preserving the welfare and safety of all. The program began by accepting small animals, such as cats, rabbits, birds, and fish, and later expanded to include dogs. URI is seeking funding and resources to 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 as well as pet welfare assistance.

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.

 

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Helping Pets and People in Crisis in the News

Help for the Homeless

by Philip Galanes, Social Q’s, The New York Times

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Donations Provide for Pets in NYC Domestic Violence Shelters

by Out of the Cage!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fund Helps Peppa Reunite with Family for the Holidays

by Out of the Cage!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reinventing Shelters for Humans and Pets

by Better With Pets, Voices, National Geographic

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Domestic Violence and Pets

by Contessa Brewer, NBC 4 New York

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Shelter for Abuse Victims That Welcomes Furry 'Children'

by Keith Williams, The Wall Street Journal

Monday, November 10, 2014

One less hurdle: Women's shelter allows victims to escape with their pets

by Christine Erickson, Mashable

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Let's Discuss Pets During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Jen Reeder, HuffPost Impact

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More Pet-Friendly Apartments For Domestic Violence Survivors Are Coming To New York City

by Arin Greenwood, The Huffington Post

Friday, October 17, 2014

Reinventing Shelters for Humans and Pets (38:20–01:07:30)

by Rita Garza, 2014 Purina Better with Pets Summit

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Invest in a Safe Future for Domestic Violence Victims and Their Pets

by Out of the Cage!

Friday, October 10, 2014

URIPALS Milestone: All 10 Pet-Friendly Apartments Are Now Filled!

by Urban Resource Institute

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Domestic Violence: No Dogs Left Behind

by Camilo Vargas and Claudio Sanchez, Latino USA

Friday, May 9, 2014

At a rising number of domestic violence shelters, there is a place for both people and pets

by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Now families can bring their dogs to Brooklyn domestic violence shelter

by Mary Frost, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Wednesday, March 26, 2104

Alliance helping pet owners after East Harlem explosion

by Joyce Fields, Examiner.com

Friday, March 14, 2014

Groups Rescue Pets Stranded By East Harlem Explosion

by CBS New York/1010 WINS

Friday, March 14, 2014

Alliance Responds and Rescues Pets Stranded by East Harlem Explosion

by Out of the Cage!

Friday, March 14, 2014

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