Donations Provide for Pets in NYC Domestic Violence Shelters

Urban Resource Institute shelter employee, Junior Pilgrim, accepts URIPALS pet supplies and equipment from Jenny Coffey and Debbie Fierro from the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals on November 10. (Photo by Ann Michitsch)

Urban Resource Institute shelter employee, Junior Pilgrim, accepts URIPALS pet supplies and equipment from Jenny Coffey and Debbie Fierro from the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals on November 10. (Photo by Ann Michitsch)

Animals often present a major barrier to seeking support and assistance for victims of domestic violence, and fear for the safety of pets in violent households can cause abuse victims to remain in dangerous situations. As part of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s AnimalsHelping Pets and People in Crisis program, the Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund was created specifically to support victims of domestic violence and allow NYC families to seek refuge without having to leave their animals behind. This can mean the difference between life and death for both humans and pets.

The Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund was created in 2013 in memory of legendary Hollywood casting director, Marion Dougherty, who was forced to leave her pets behind when escaping a domestic violence situation in the 1970s. Thanks to Marion’s legacy and your valued contributions, victims of domestic violence in New York City won’t have to make the same difficult choice that Marion did.

In May 2013, the Alliance began a partnership with Urban Resource Institute (URI) and its People and Animals Living Safely (URIPALS) 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 number of URI pet-friendly living spaces available to people fleeing domestic violence in New York City underwent a significant expansion this year, inspiring more victims to leave abuse, keeping more people and beloved pets out of harm’s way, and reducing the number of animals forced into NYC’s already overcrowded animal shelters.

Thanks to your support of our Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we exceeded our matching grant goal and raised thousands of dollars to provide pet care equipment and supplies for URI domestic violence shelters that now accept pets. In October and November, we were happy to make our first deliveries to URI, including crates, cat condos, scratching posts, pet beds, litter and litter boxes, dog and cat food and treats, toys, collars, leashes, and more. Your support is providing the resources necessary to allow an even greater number of families with pets to take advantage of these co-sheltering units and move toward new lives together in safety.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer supplies to outfit the pet-friendly units at Urban Resource Institute,” says Jenny Coffey, LMSW, consultant to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. “Co-sheltering offers a solution for pet owners facing domestic violence and we are happy to partner with URI as they work to respond to this issue. This is a triple win for all: families can access safety with their beloved pets, animals do not have to be uprooted, and an overwhelmed animal sheltering network can make room for the truly homeless animals.”

Rita Garza, URI Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Development, reports, “URI is so grateful for the ongoing support of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Since launching the URIPALS program in May 2013, the Alliance has been instrumental in providing animal welfare education to the staff and clients, much-needed pet supplies, and critical support to the families.”

Help us bring more pet supplies to NYC domestic violence shelters in the new year with a donation to the Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund: http://bit.ly/GiveMDSHF

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Videos About Domestic Violence and Pets

On November 19, Jenny Coffey, LMSW, consultant to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, appeared on NBC 4 New York to talk to Contessa Brewer about domestic violence and how it specifically impacts individuals and families who have pets.

On October 14, Rita Garza, URI Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Development, spoke at the 2014 Purina Better with Pets Summit about domestic violence, pets, and URIPALS’ groundbreaking work in a presentation called Reinventing Shelters for Humans and Pets (Segment: 38:20–01:07:30).

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Fund Helps Peppa Reunite with Family for the Holidays

Peppa will be celebrating the holidays with her family this year, thanks to the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals' Helping Pets and People in Crisis program and Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund, Urban Resource Institute (URI), the ASPCA, and your support.

Peppa will be celebrating the holidays with her family this year, thanks to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Helping Pets and People in Crisis program and Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund, Urban Resource Institute (URI), the ASPCA, and your support.

More than a year ago, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals learned about Peppa, a young polka-dotted Chihuahua whose family was fleeing domestic violence. The mom and young children were desperate to keep their beloved dog. With nowhere to go with Peppa, they initially tried hiding her in a car near the emergency shelter where they were staying. As it got colder, however, the family grew worried and reached out to our Helping Pets and People in Crisis program. We helped immediately with vet care and a foster home for Peppa, and then we linked the entire family to Urban Resource Institute’s URIPALS program, the first co-sheltering program in our city. In February, the family moved to a URI emergency shelter, and Peppa was celebrated as the first URIPALS dog.

Sadly, when their time at the emergency shelter ended, they still didn’t have permanent housing, so the family was transferred to another facility that didn’t allow animals. We stepped in again at that point, offering brief foster care for Peppa until a long-term foster home was secured through the ASPCA.

This week we learned the great news that the family had found permanent, pet-friendly housing, but they faced one more hurdle: they did not have funds to pay the pet deposit. Through our Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund, the Alliance provided a check so the family could reunite and be together in their new home.

Congratulations, Peppa and family! We wish you a wonderful holiday together.

Help other pets and people like Peppa and her family by making a tax-deductible donation to the Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund: http://bit.ly/GiveMDSHF

Learn More Save a Life. Donate Now.

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Motorola Pet Monitor is Great Tool for Animal Shelters & Pet Owners

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The Wheels of Hope Turn for Rescued Dogs

Wheels of Hope drove Shane from Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C) to his Rebound Hounds ResQ foster home in New England. (Photo by Animal Care & Control (AC&C))

Wheels of Hope drove Shane from Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C) to his Rebound Hounds ResQ foster home in New England. (Photo by Animal Care & Control (AC&C))

   

Since 2005, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has transported 80,000 cats and dogs to partner rescue groups, adoptive and foster homes, spay/neuter appointments, and veterinary providers with our Wheels of Hope transport program. Our six transport vans run seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, to help NYC’s shelter pets and feral and stray community cats. This month, we are bringing you stories of organizations and individuals who are saving the lives of animals in New York City with the help of our Wheels of Hope. We hope you enjoy these Wheels of Hope: Tales from the Road!

“The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope (WOH) transport program has been invaluable in our mission,” says Loren McAuley of Rebound Hounds ResQ. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of shelter animals. Loren estimates that Rebound Hounds has, to date, taken more than 1,200 animals out of shelters (most of which are in New York City) and placed them in foster homes. And WOH has been there to provide transportation on many occasions.

Loren reports that WOH routinely goes the literal “extra mile” and drives animals to foster homes even if they are hours away from New York City. She remembers Shane, a scared, emaciated, mangy pup that Rebound Hounds pulled from the city shelter. WOH delivered him into the arms of his foster mom, who was waiting for him in New England.

“There is no doubt that Wheels of Hope saves lives every single day,” says Loren. “We, truthfully, would not be saving as many dogs as we do without it!”

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC’s Animals!

Our current Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Wheels of Hope fleet has driven a combined 1,415,198 life-saving miles! Our oldest transport vans each have now logged more than 300,000 miles, and our maintenance costs continue to rise with each vehicle’s mileage. In order to sustain the incredible pace we have set for NYC’s animals, we now are in need of a new Wheels of Hope transport van.

This month, as we race to help even more animals find homes for the new year, please join our campaign to keep the Wheels of Hope reliably turning in 2015 and beyond. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to help others save precious lives and bring hope to the littlest New Yorkers in the new year. Donate now at http://bit.ly/TurnWheels.

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC's Animals

   

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Buy Dog Food and Merrick and Petco Will Feed Shelter Pets

   

For every can of Merrick dog food you purchase at Petco this month, they will donate meals up to $1 million to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, PAWS Chicago, and Best Friends Animal Society! Learn more from Pet World Insider

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