Praise Domestic Violence Shelter for Adding Pet-Friendly Housing


Target: Nathaniel Fields, President and CEO of Urban Resource Institute

Goal: Thank domestic violence shelter officials for their plans to convert apartments into pet-friendly units

Six months after officials began allowing pets at 10 apartments designated for domestic violence survivors, the Urban Resource Institute has announced plans to convert even more apartments into pet-friendly units so that victims of domestic violence don’t have to leave their pets behind.

Urban Resource Institute, a nonprofit human services organization in New York City, first introduced a program called People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) in April as a way for victims of domestic violence to escape their situation without leaving their pets with their abuser. The lifesaving program has offered a safe haven for victims, as well as 26 cats, 13 dogs and three turtles, according to Huffington Post. Now that the allotted pet-friendly apartments are at capacity, five more units are set to be converted, complete with sound-proof materials, access to a dog park and therapy for animals who may have been traumatized by abuse.

According to the ASPCA, “national studies estimate that 70 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser has threatened, harmed or killed a family pet.” Abusers use pets as a way to keep their victim from leaving or to force them to do something against their will. In an effort to protect their beloved companions, many victims stay in abusive situations because most shelters will not allow them to take their pets with them. Fortunately, the continuing growth of programs like PALS will help protect victims and their pets from abuse. Thank Urban Resource Institute officials for their compassion for both people and animals alike by expanding their pet-friendly housing program.


Dear Mr. Fields,

As an animal welfare advocate, I would like to thank you for Urban Resource Institute’s plans to expand its PALS program by converting five more apartments designated for domestic violence survivors into pet-friendly units.

As you know, the PALS program is vital in offering a safe haven to humans and animals alike. Not only has it allowed 26 cats, 13 dogs and three turtles to be removed from abusive situations, it has also given victims of domestic violence the opportunity to leave their situation without fearing for the life of their pet. In addition to providing sound-proof materials and access to a dog park, I applaud the therapy options that are available for animals who have been traumatized by abuse. I am truly grateful for the compassion your organization shows to both people and animals. Thank you for the continued growth of the lifesaving PALS program through the expansion of pet-friendly housing.


[Your Name Here]

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