People and Animals Living Safely (PALS)

Addresses the critical bond between domestic violence survivors and their pets. It is the only program in NYC and one of the few nationally that allows for co-sheltering; This means that a victim fleeing an abusive situation will not have to face the nearly impossible choice of abandoning their pets to enter a shelter.

With the support of our dedicated partners, URI provide our animal residents with everything they need to maintain their health, feel safe, and thrive. The ASPCA offers free wellness checkups and treatment; Purina supplies all pet food and other supplies such as toys, beds, and grooming supplies. They also construct private outdoor Pet Havens in all of our pet-friendly facilities, so that pets and their owners have easy access to an outdoor play space.

PALS has provided a lifeline for hundreds of victims allowing families a safe place to heal for families and their pets. Since the program launched in 2013, we have had well over 100 animal residents, including dogs, cats, turtles, guinea pigs, and reptiles, and we are rapidly expanding the number of pet-friendly units available in NYC. Our hope is that program will serve as a model for other domestic violence organizations across the country, so fewer families will be forced to choose between their pet’s safety and their own.

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“I had no idea we would get so attached to a turtle. I’m so grateful that we ended up in a shelter where we could keep her. It’s been great for the kids. We all would have been worried sick about her if we had to give her away!”