Helping Pets and People in Crisis

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals' Helping Pets and People in Crisis program aims to reduce pet relinquishment to the city's shelters. Created in response to requests from people facing heartbreaking separation from their pets during times of crisis, this program responds to calls for help from women, men, and children fleeing domestic violence; seniors requiring medical care outside of their home; and families facing eviction or other temporary setbacks.

How Does Helping Pets and People in Crisis Support Our Progress Toward a No-kill NYC?

By collaborating with traditional social services, we facilitate creative solutions geared to keeping pets with their families, despite challenging circumstances. We offer referrals to free or low-cost veterinary care, provide emergency pet supplies, and coordinate additional support including transportation and linkages to legal assistance for animals that qualify as Service or Emotional Support Animals. The program also offers brief temporary care of pets in crisis through our foster care network and boarding facilities, with the aim of reuniting pets with families once their situation is stabilized. If reunification is not possible, the pets are placed for adoption, sparing families already in crisis further distress and reducing intake at the city shelter.

Finding innovative ways to keep families and pets together is a key initiative of our program, and in the case of domestic violence, sheltering families and pets together is another important means to achieving this goal. Please visit the page dedicated to our Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund for further information regarding our work with victims of domestic violence.

How Does Your Donation Help?

Donations toward our Helping Pets and People in Crisis program support our efforts to keep families together, and keep beloved pets from becoming homeless. In addition to providing temporary care, supplies, and support to ensure that families seeking refuge do not have to leave their pets behind, our program provides information and resources to social workers and other social service providers in an effort to find collaborative solutions for people and their pets.

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