Studies show that as many as 48% of domestic violence victims stay in abusive situations out of fear of what would happen if they left their pets behind, and more than 70% of pet owners who enter shelter report that the abuser has threatened, injured, or killed family pets . Among New York City’s 50 domestic violence shelters, URI is the only one that accommodates pets, filling a critical gap by addressing the unique challenges families with pets face.
Urban Resource Institute (URI) and Nestlé Purina PetCare (Purina) today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate New York City’s first-ever dog park in a domestic violence shelter, called the Purina Play Haven and Dog Park. The event marks the official expansion of URIPALS—People and Animals Living Safely—which launched in June 2013 as a pilot program to enable domestic violence survivors to enter shelter with their cats and other small animals. With the opening of the Purina Play Haven and Dog Park, URI will now be able to open its doors to families with dogs!
As part of its sponsorship of URIPALS, in October 2013 Purina also donated much-needed welcome kits tailored to cats —with food, toys, crates and other pet supplies—and educational materials designed to guide families entering URI’s largest domestic violence shelter in best practices for caring for their pets.
To learn more about URIPALS and for tips on keeping the entire family safe in domestic violence situations, please visit http://www.urinyc.org.
Today, Tidy Cats is launching a fun new competition to find the cutest cat – March Cuteness! If you think your cat has what it takes to be dubbed the cutest cat, go to Tidy Cats’ Facebook Page to join in the action!
Participating is easy, just Like Tidy Cats’ Facebook page, if you don’t already, and post a photo of your cute kitty.
Just like the college basketball tournament, the cute cats will go head to head in four rounds –the Cute 16, Adorable 8, Feline Four, and the Championship rounds.
Hurry, the first round ends later this week!
Etched In My Heart offers pet lovers a wide variety of personalized gifts. They were nice enough to send us personalized frames for our dog and bird. Not only are they unique, but the frames are high quality too. We were also impressed at how quickly they arrived, and the packaging.
Another thing we love about Etched In My Heart is that they donate part of their proceeds to The PetSave Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Bona Tucker in June 2000 as a rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption resource for domestic rabbits, cats and dogs. You can learn more (and see some adorable photos of the rescue at work) by clicking here.
Etched In My Heart was founded by Bob Tucker in 2007 based upon the need to provide pet lovers a custom gift or personalized frame that have beautiful designs specific to dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and birds. We loved that they included animals beyond just dogs and cats. As a bird owner we are always excited to find gifts that celebrate birds.
They offer a wide variety of pet lovers gifts and pet memorial gifts that you, many of which are one-of-a-kind designs that you will find nowhere else. Be sure to have a look around their website!
Sponsors Are Able to Contribute As Little as $10 to Help an Animal Get Spayed/Neutered
Every year 3-4 million dogs and cats die in animal shelters in the United States because there aren’t enough homes for them. FiXiT is dedicated to coming up with solutions to reduce the number of homeless animals by helping people get their animals get spayed/neutered. GetYourFix.org, a program of nonprofit organization FiXiT, is an online resource whose primary purpose is to introduce people in need of financial assistance to get the animals they care for fixed to generous people willing to sponsor their pets’ spay/neuter surgery.
“The site was created in response to the heartbreaking requests received from people wanting to do the right thing – telling us of their personal hardships and asking for our help to end the cycle of unwanted kittens and puppies,” said Dr. Kellie Heckman, Co-Founder of FiXiT. “GetYourFix-registered pet owners have an extremely low income, 70 percent have a household income of less than $25,000, and 95 percent have a household income less than $50,000. As a result of this program, over 1500 surgeries have been sponsored since the launch of GetYourFix in 2011 in these low-income households.”
In honor of World Spay Day 2014, GetYourFix will dramatically ramp up a microfunding feature – Fix of the Week – to meet a goal of raising funds to spay/neuter 25 animals. Over the course of the Spay Day week, February 24 – 28, sponsors will be able to contribute as little as $10 to the cost their choice of featured animals. Profiles will be chosen based on several criteria, including the caregiver and animal’s story, level of need, and risk of unwanted pregnancy, such as in homes with both an unaltered male and female of the same species.
Visit http://fixit-foundation.org/spayday2014/ during the week of February 24 – 28 to contribute to the cost of animals in need of financial support to end the companion animal overpopulation crisis in the U.S.