The shelter, to be known as the People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) Place, will be a seven-story domestic violence shelter located in Brooklyn, New York. PALS Place will feature 30 individual apartments, each designed to accommodate pets and other family members.
PALS Place is an extension of the People and Animals Living Safely program developed by URI to provide victims of domestic violence with pet-friendly shelters. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, only 3% of domestic violence shelters in the United States allow pets. Meanwhile, over 70% of victims of domestic violence have reported that their pets were threatened or harmed by their abusers. When given the choice between remaining in an abusive situation with their pets or fleeing without them, nearly half choose to stay. The PALS program seeks to help those facing abusive situations by allowing them — and their pets — to safely escape.
“Domestic violence impacts every member of a household—and that includes pets. PALS Place is about providing survivors of abuse and their pets a safe place to live and heal together and eliminating the impossible choice of escaping abuse or protecting your pet. But it’s also about tapping into the power of the human-pet bond to create an environment that’s even more conducive to healing and recovery. We are thrilled to work alongside our partners at Purina, another organization that believes people and pets are better together and is committed to providing survivors of abuse with co-living options that will keep families safe and whole.”
— Nathaniel M. Fields, President & CEO, Urban Resource Institute
In addition to working with URI to design and construct PALS Place, Purina will also provide each resident with a welcome kit containing supplies for their pets. These welcome kits will contain creates, food and water dishes, leashes, toys, grooming tools, food, treats, and other supplies to ensure pets are given all the essential supplies they need.
PALS Place is scheduled open this fall.