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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 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 Clients Who Have Pets: Specifically for Hospital Staff and Social Service Providers

Recommendations for Surrendering Your Pet

Animal Welfare and Domestic Violence in New York City: Information and Available Resources

Emergency Planning for Your Pet in Domestic Violence Situations

Animal Welfare Resources for Crisis Situations

Form: Owners Consent for AC&C Assistance

Form: Animal Care & Control of NYC Intake Release

 

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Helping Pets and People in Crisis in the News

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

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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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