Source: NYN Media 

New York City has opened its first pet-friendly shelter for families experiencing homelessness, named Uplift Families Residence. Located in the Bronx, this facility is designed to accommodate families along with their pets, offering 161 units and 587 beds. The Urban Resource Institute, in partnership with New York City’s Department of Homeless Services, manages this initiative. This marks a significant development in the city’s approach to inclusive shelter solutions, aligning with the Urban Resource Institute’s People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program.

Since 2013, PALS has allowed domestic violence survivors to live with their pets, recognizing that 50% would not leave abusive situations without their pets. The new shelter aims to extend this compassionate approach to more families, providing essential services including Veterinary and grooming services, and supporting the overall stability and recovery of families during challenging times.

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