New Study From Urban Resource Institute Reveals Connection Between Domestic Violence and Pet Ownership

34% of URI shelter residents who owned a pet while in an abusive relationship reported that their partner harmed their pet

New York, NY—October 14, 2015 — Urban Resource Institute (URI), a leading provider of domestic violence programs and services in New York City, released today a new white paper, Escaping Domestic Violence as a Pet Owner: Insights from survivors of domestic violence and recommendations from the Urban Resource Institute’s URIPALS program. The white paper reveals data collected between June 2013 and May 2015 from URIPALS (People and Animals Living Safely), the only program in New York City and one of the few in the U.S. that allows domestic violence survivors to co-shelter (live in a domestic violence shelter with their pets). READ MORE >

Urban Resource Institute and Nestlé Purina Unveil the Purina Pet Haven, Manhattan’s First-Ever Dog Park in a Domestic Violence Shelter

Dog park ribbon-cutting celebrates the growth of URIPALS—URI’s initiative to shelter people and pets together—and URI’s partnership with Purina

New York, NY – October 13, 2015 – Urban Resource Institute (URI) and Nestlé Purina PetCare (Purina) today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Manhattan’s first-ever dog park in a domestic violence shelter. The new dog park is located at Urban Women’s Retreat (UWR), a emergency shelter that is part of the URIPALS (People and Animals Living Safely) program. READ MORE >

URIPALS, NYC’s Only Program to House Domestic Violence Victims with Their Pets, Expands to Harlem

URI’s Urban Women’s Retreat emergency shelter to include 12 pet-friendly apartments

New York, August 17, 2015Urban Resource Institute (URI) today announced the expansion of URIPALS (People and Animals Living Safely), New York City’s only program that enables domestic violence survivors and their pets to reside together in shelter. The URIPALS program is now available at Urban Women’s Retreat (UWR), an emergency shelter located in Harlem. The expansion will run an initial six-month pilot at UWR, housing domestic violence survivors together with their pets, including cats and dogs, in 12 pet-friendly apartments. READ MORE >

ASPCA Pledges Continued Support for URIPALS, NYC’s Only Program to House Domestic Violence Victims with Their Pets

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$75,000 grant from the ASPCA to fund vital services for domestic violence survivors and their pets

New York, June 8, 2015 – URI is pleased to announce that the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has awarded a $75,000 grant in support of URIPALS, New York City’s only program that shelters domestic violence victims with their pets. This is the second consecutive year that URI has received the grant from the ASPCA. The 2015 grant will continue to fund a URIPALS coordinator position established by an initial grant in 2014. Over the past year, the URIPALS coordinator has worked closely with families and pets within URI’s largest emergency shelter to provide the support and services they need to heal and move forward with their lives. READ MORE >

Urban Resource Institute Awarded Avon Foundation For Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Grant For Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program

Avon Foundation Awards $1 Million to Fund 16 Coordinator Positions in Domestic Violence Organizations Across the United States

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(New York, NY – February 10, 2015) – The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $62,500 one-year grant to Urban Resource Institute (URI) in support of its Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program, which provides annual funding for 16 full-time Economic Empowerment Coordinator positions in domestic violence agencies across the U.S. Since the Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program launched, the Avon Foundation has supported 111 coordinator positions throughout the U.S. by providing more than $6.5 million in grants. Read More

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