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

Dr. Connie Merris, Dr. C. to her friends and coworkers, seriously couldn’t remember when she had seen a face in such bad shape. Sure, she has seen a lot in her 17 years as Medical Examiner, but, if not for the rest of the anatomical structure, there wasn’t much recognizable with the facial structure to even indicate that the subject had been female. “Marty”, Dr. C. said to her assistant, “have we a chart on this one?” “Yes, but you’re not going to like it” Marty, a relatively new Forensic Associate, replied with a bit of reluctance in his voice. “Bottom line it for me” growled Dr. C., as if she knew what the response was going to be. “Domestic abuse, seriously, when’s this crap going to stop? There is nothing domesticated about this!” came the subdued tone, as Dr. C. was visibly disturbed with yet another needless act of violence on her table, the 14th this year.

Marie was only 27, yet the stress had aged her quickly. What started out to be a happy marriage spiraled downward and the misery was upon her before she even realized things were not right. Marie often thought of leaving and once or twice had secretly tried to make plans. The physical abuse was rugged and painful, but try as she might, Marie just couldn’t find a place of sanctuary that would house her and her dogs, Harry and Harriett, her adorable pair of bonded Pugs. There was just no way she could walk away and leave her babies behind, so she continued to endure as best she could. Now Harry and Harriett and in separate cages at a high kill animal control facility and their Mom is dead, beaten beyond belief.

It happens every single day. Fortunately the importance of the bond between families and their pets is being taken seriously.  It’s a growing and important trend.

The Urban Resource Institute (URI) which operates four shelters for victims of domestic violence in the NYC area, is making its shelter in the Harlem area pet friendly for victims who wish to bring cats and dogs to the shelter.  Purina is sponsoring a new dog park the shelter is building and providing other support to this shelter and its residents who bring pets.  Purina also supported URI’s Brooklyn-based shelter that became pet friendly in early 2014.

Urban Resource Institute (URI) and Nestlé Purina PetCare (Purina) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday October 13th 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 which is part of the URIPALS (People and Animals Living Safely) program. URIPALS is the only program in New York City, and one of the few nationally, that allows survivors of domestic violence to live in shelter with their pets. To date, URIPALS has helped 43 families with 63 pets, including 38 cats, 18 dogs, and a range of smaller animals, such as reptiles and fish, escape domestic violence.

Dog park ribbon-cutting celebrates the growth of URIPALS—URI’s initiative to shelter people and pets together—and URI’s partnership with Purina Dog park ribbon-cutting celebrates the growth of URIPALS—URI’s initiative to shelter people and pets together—and URI’s partnership with Purina. Nathaniel Fields, CEO and president of URI, is in the center (wearing glasses), and Purina veterinarian Dr. Kurt Venator is next to Mr. Fields on the right. The other people in the photo are local public figures.

Purina, funded the design and construction of the dog park. The Purina Pet Haven will provide survivors of domestic violence and their families (including pets) with a safe and calming retreat in which to heal together while in shelter.

Domestic Violence Shelter Purina Dog Park DedicationThe opening of the new dog park builds upon Purina’s previous support of the URIPALS program.

Domestic Violence Shelter Purina Dog Park Dedication
“Through the URIPALS program we have witnessed first-hand how important it is for survivors to have their beloved pets by their side while they heal,” said Nathaniel Fields, President and CEO of URI. “From early on in the URIPALS program, Purina has been committed to supporting survivors of domestic violence and their pets. We know that the new dog park will play an integral part in helping our clients heal, and for that we are extremely grateful to Purina.”

URI and Purina’s collaboration in support of URIPALS brings together one of New York City’s largest domestic violence service providers and a leader in the pet care industry around the closely linked issues of animal abuse and domestic violence. United by the belief that people and pets are better together, URI and Purina are helping reduce barriers to safety for families with pets in domestic violence situations and hope to continue raising awareness about the impact of abuse on the whole family—including pets.

“For most pet owners, the bond with their pet is incredibly strong, and for people in abusive relationships their pet can be an important source of comfort,” said Dr. Kurt Venator, Purina veterinarian. “Purina is very proud to support the Urban Resource Institute in its efforts to keep families and their pets together during this time of healing.”

As part of its support for the URIPALS program, Purina is also donating Purina ONE brand dog food, Purina Cat Chow brand cat food, along with other dog treats and cat litter. In addition, Purina is working with URI to provide supplies for welcome kits for families bringing pets to Urban Women’s Retreat, including pet travel carriers, safety gates, pet beds, pet feeding and watering bowls, cat scratching posts, leashes and pet toys.

To learn more about URIPALS and for tips on keeping the entire family safe in domestic violence situations, please visit www.urinyc.org.

About Urban Resource Institute
Urban Resource Institute (URI) is a leading non-profit organization that provides comprehensive, holistic, and supportive human services programs that help individuals and families in the New York metropolitan area overcome obstacles and better their lives. With a rich 35-year legacy of social service research and expertise, deep community relationships, and a flexible, innovative approach to program development and service delivery, URI is uniquely equipped to provide solutions to the challenges affecting New York’s most vulnerable populations. URI’s hands-on programs for victims of domestic violence, the developmentally disabled, and people struggling with addiction and substance abuse are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the individual, while community outreach initiatives build wider visibility and support for the issues that have an impact on our clients’ quality of life and New York’s urban communities. For more information, please visit www.urinyc.org.

About Nestlé Purina
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a global leader in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

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8 years ago

Wow, that is quite a program and so fantastic for all the abused people that have pets. That has just got to be the best program ever for those poor people. Thanks for telling us about it. Have a great day.

easy rider
8 years ago

it’s a great idea to have a dog park there too. I’m glad for every one who takes the chance to escape from domestic violence… and I’m egg-stra glad there is help too for the pets of this people…

8 years ago

I am in awe with URI

8 years ago

What a wonderful program and great facility for domestic violence victims and their beloved animals. Thank you for sharing this.

Pat Hatt
8 years ago

Sounds like an awesome program indeed, providing pets with a place to go as well will hopefully get them out of such situations before it is too late

Sailor Edgar
8 years ago

Seems like a great idea to me!

Bev Green
8 years ago

Brian we really love this post..a very important thing has happened and it will save lives! Loves Fozziemum xx

8 years ago

What a wonderful idea!

8 years ago

É uma grande iniciativa para ajudar os animais e seus donos.

Fur Everywhere
8 years ago

I’m glad that more shelters are offering services for pets of domestic violence. There is no way I’d ever leave my cats in that situation, either. Our local shelter offers a temporary care program for cats, but it is much better when pets can stay with their families in a safe environment rather than having to be boarded somewhere else.

8 years ago

Purina and employees were at our SPCA shelter over the summer..they donated funds to upgrade the cat section and even helped with the work
God bless those who volunteer and shelters.
Hugs madi and mom

8 years ago

That is beyond pawsome!

8 years ago

Hi sweeties!
Have a great week!

Deziz World
8 years ago

Dat be sooooo Pawsum Brian. Afur mommy had service animals dat had to be allowed into shelters of any kind hers wulda never fawt ’bout goin’ to stowrm shelters or any udder kind cuz there’s no way she wulda left hers furry babies alone. Weez purray these kinds of places open up everywhere as dometic violence unfurtunately isn’t goin’ away and offen da abusers hurt da pets as well as a peeps.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexi

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da tabbies o trout towne
8 years ago

high paws two Purina ….what a total lee awesum eye dea ….a paws…..a paws……a paws !!!! 🙂

8 years ago

This is such a huge need, to have pet-friendly shelters for people and pets to be safe. I’ve heard of some cat-rescues who offer cat-foster spaces available for those trying to get safe from a DV situation. Feels like our society is just starting to come around to see how needed this is. Way to go Purina for funding such a needed resource, keep doing more!

Layla Morgan Wilde
8 years ago

I support this cause and loved meeting a speaker from URIPAL at the Purina Summit last year.

The OP Pack
8 years ago

Such a tragic story! But what a great program from Purina. Kudos to them for this great project.

Woos – Ciara and Lightning

Ann Staub
8 years ago

So very sad… but I am glad that this is happening to help. The park looks wonderful and hopefully more victims will seek help.

Sherri-Ellen T-D.
8 years ago

Poor Marie losing her life to keep her beloved Pugs together…
And now Harry & Harriet alone in & frightened…I know so many women who endured ‘domestic violence’ to keep a roof over their heads for their 4 leggeds. Thank you Purina & all the people who are opening Shelters for victims & their 4 leggeds so everyone can be safe & stay together!
Great share Brian!
((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen

8 years ago

We hope this kind of program allows an abused person with a pet(s )to find the strength to leave an abusive situation knowing their pet will be safe with them. Well done URIPAL!

the critters in the cottage xo

8 years ago

It is so awesome that Purina is jumping in and helping out survivors of abuse. Unfortunately, pets are often a pawn in abusive situations. It’s hard to leave when you know what is probably going to happen to the pets you love – especially since those pets were the only ones who loved you through it all. I think that installations like this dog park will help people suffering from domestic violence to see a way out.

Cathy Keisha
8 years ago

This is so cool. About 2-3 years ago I blogged the change about URI! I’m glad they’re getting support from Purina. This is great news.

Katie Isabella
Katie Isabella
8 years ago

I am also in awe. This is wonderful.

The Island Cats
8 years ago

Paws up to Purina for supporting such a great, and much needed, project.

Ellen Pilch
Ellen Pilch
8 years ago

That is a sad story. I hope someday there are more places like this.

8 years ago

Such an important program to help everyone (humans and animals) escape domestic violence. I wish there were more programs like this.

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal

What a wonderful program ! The facility looks great for domestic violence victims and their beloved animals.