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Domestic Violence and Pets: Breaking Barriers to Safety and Healing - Virtual Panel Summit - Wednesday May 26 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET Graphic listing panelists which are mentioned below

Domestic Violence and Pets:
Breaking Barriers to Safety and Healing
Virtual Panel Summit

Wednesday, May 26 – 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Join Urban Resource Institute, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and a panel of experts for a virtual summit on the dynamic intersection of domestic violence and pets, addressing the issues of pets as a barrier for seeking safety from abuse and the human-animal bond as an important element of healing.

Panelists and participants represent the domestic violence and animal welfare sectors, including direct service providers, advocates, organizations, institutions, and government agencies seeking solutions to help adults, children and pets find safety and healing from domestic violence and abuse.

Dr. Drew Pinsky Portrait

Nathaniel M. Fields
CEO, Urban Resource Institute

Joy Taylor Portrait

Katie Ray-Jones
CEO, National Domestic Violence Hotline


  • Nathaniel M. Fields, CEO, Urban Resource Institute
  • Katie Ray-Jones, CEO, National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • Nancy Blaney, Director, Animal Welfare Institute
  • Hope Dawson, Domestic Violence Survivor and former URI PALS client
  • Aimee Gilbreath, President, PetSmart Charities
  • Kelli Owens, Executive Director, New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
  • Kim Van Syoc, Executive Director, Banfield Foundation
  • Moderator: Steve Dale, certified animal behavior and pet expert, radio/TV host, and author

Survey Results

URI and The Hotline will unveil the findings of the largest and first truly national survey of domestic violence survivors about the impact of pets on their experience.

Pioneering PALS Program

The People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) Program of Urban Resource Institute has since 2013 pioneered breaking barriers by providing co-living and comprehensive services for domestic violence survivors and their pets.

Thank you to PetSmart Charities for generous support.

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