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The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and the Urban Resource Institute teamed up in May 2013 to create People and Animals Living Safely (PALS), a program that allows people fleeing domestic violence, like Murel Raggi and her daughter, to take their pets with them to shelters. (Photo by Urban Resource Institute)

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and the Urban Resource Institute teamed up in May 2013 to create People and Animals Living Safely (PALS), a program that allows people fleeing domestic violence, like Murel Raggi and her daughter, to take their pets with them to shelters.

Photo by Urban Resource Institute

Helping Pets and People in Crisis in the News

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.

2016 Stories

Citywide organization helps domestic violence survivors and their pets

by Jessica Cunnington, News 12 Brooklyn

Friday, December 30, 2016

Urban Resource Institute: Building pet havens for city families in crisis

by Michelle Arnot, New York Nonprofit Media

Friday, December 16, 2016

NYC's pet-friendly domestic violence shelters allow families to heal together

by Sheila Anne Feeney, amNewYork

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Margaret Whitton Specialized in Playing Strong, Sexy Women

by Vineyard Gazette

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Actress and filmmaker Margaret Whitton dies in Palm Beach

by Palm Beach Daily News

Monday, December 5, 2016

Picture This: Bringing Vet Care to the Homeless

by Helaina Hovitz,

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bideawee and Goldman Sachs Sponsor Pet Vet Exams for the Homeless

Press Release by Bideawee

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CityViews: Don't Ignore the Connection Between Domestic Violence and Pets

by Nathaniel Fields, City Limits

Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Unnecessary Surrenders? Fuhgettaboutit!

by Julie Falconer, Animal Sheltering

March/April 2016

New York organization providing shelter for domestic abuse victims, and their pets

by Steve Dale, Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Spotlight on Wagging for Warriors & Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

by Gemma Smith, NYC Pet Tails

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

 


2015 Stories

Alliance Keeps Petra & Pets Together Through Crisis

by Out of the Cage!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Pet Show: Fourth Of July Pet Safety (16:38–24:05)

by Nancy Redd, HuffPost Live

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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A Safe Place for Pets and People

by Katie Linek, UNCENSORED

Monday, June 23, 2015

Online Toolkit for Social Workers to Help Pet Owners in Crisis

by Social Work Helper

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Online Toolkit Provides Social Workers with Resources to Help Pet Owners in Crisis

Press Release by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Help for the Homeless

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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

 

 


2014 Stories

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

 


2013 Stories

Jane Hoffman, president of Mayor's Alliance of NYC's Animals

by Duncan Strauss, Talking Animals

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pets and Domestic Abuse: It's Complicated

by Marc Lallanilla, LiveScience

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals responds to three-month-old pup's plight

by Cheryl Hanna, Examiner.com

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mayor's Alliance: Making New York City A No-Kill City

by Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Why won't she leave him? Abused women often fear for pets left behind

by University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Wendnesday, September 25, 2013

Legendary Hollywood Casting Director Helps Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

by Erika Tarantal, NBC New York

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Pet Radio-Mayors Alliance for NYC Animals

by Robert Paul Hudson, Pet Radio Show

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund

by Margo DeMello, The Dodo

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund

by Steven Tabakin

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals Launches Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund to Assist Domestic Violence Victims and Their Pets

Press Release by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Monday, July 29, 2013

PALS Co-sheltering Program Keeps Domestic Violence Survivors and Pets Together

by Julie Seguss, Petside.com

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Urban Resource Institute Launches NYC's First Domestic Abuse Shelter Where Victims Can Bring Pets

by The Huffington Post

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Domestic Violence Shelter To House Pets In NYC

by Cassie Boss, The Inquisitr

Monday, June 3, 2013

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Domestic Violence Shelter Adopts Pet-Friendly Policy

by Erin Billups, NY1

Monday, June 3, 2013

Pet Friendly Domestic Violence Shelter Opens in New York City

by Carol Bryant, Fidose of Reality

Monday, June 3, 2013

PALS—People and Animals Living Safely

by Jodell, The Cat Fanciers' Association Official Blog

Monday, June 3, 2013

NYC Gets First Domestic Violence Shelter That Allows Pets

by Laura Beck, Jezebel

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Domestic Violence Shelter in NYC Allows Pets

by thecuriousjenny, Bubblews

Monday, June 3, 2013

City Starts Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelter Pilot Program

by Alan Neuhauser, DNAinfo New York

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Domestic violence shelter allows victims to bring pets with them

by Lisa L. Colangelo, New York Daily News

Thursday, May 30, 2013

NYC Gets First-Of-Its-Kind Shelter For Domestic Abuse Victims And Their Pets

by 1010 WINS

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pet owners suffering from domestic violence offered safety

by Amy Brantley, Examiner.com

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Safe Haven for Victims of Abuse, and Now Their Pets

by Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC News, New York Public Radio

Thursday, May 30, 2013

URI PALS: NYC's 1st Initiative to Shelter Domestic Violence Survivors with their Pets

Press Release by Urban Resource Institute

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Intervention program helps pull animal hoarders from a downward spiral

by Lisa L. Colangelo, New York Daily News

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Family and Dog Escape Domestic Violence and Reunite Through Alliance Program

by Out of the Cage!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

 


2012 Stories

Social Work Intern Helps Pets and People in Crisis

by Millie Gonzalez, Out of the Cage!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Pets

by Out of the Cage!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Safe haven urged in city for domestic violence victims and their pets

by Amy Sacks, New York Daily News

Saturday, January 28, 2012

 


2011 Stories

Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets (Chapter 15)

by Allie Phillips

Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Local Hero – A Life Line For People and Pets

by Tails Magazine

Moday, May 23, 2011