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Urban Resource Institute & Purina Announce Collaboration In Support of URIPALS— People and Animals Living Safely

Posted on October 21st, 2013


Purina to provide welcome kits to residents with cats in URI’s domestic violence shelters


In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Urban Resource Institute and Nestlé Purina announced today that they are teaming up in support of URIPALS—New York City’s first initiative to allow victims of domestic violence to enter shelters with their pets. Beginning today, Purina will donate much-needed welcome kits and educational materials for families entering URI’s largest domestic violence shelter.


This marks an important collaboration between one of New York City’s largest domestic violence service providers and a leader in the pet care community. By working together, URI and Purina hope to raise awareness about the impact of abuse on the whole family—including pets—and reduce barriers to escape and recovery.

Photo Credit: Nestle Purina

Photo Credit: Nestle Purina

“When victims of domestic violence flee abusive situations, they are often forced to uproot their entire lives, leaving behind key belongings and supplies,” said Nathaniel Fields, President of URI. “Our goal at the Urban Resource Institute is to provide survivors—including pets—with the resources and services they need to rebuild stable, secure lives. We are grateful for Purina’s support of URIPALS, which will provide critical supplies to ensure that families entering shelter with their pets have the resources they need to recover together after escaping abuse.”

“We are proud to support the Urban Resource Institute in its mission to provide comfort to victims of domestic abuse and their pets,” said Michael Kotick, senior brand manager, Purina. “At Purina we believe people and pets are better together, and the strong bond between pet owners and their pets can prove to be beneficial no matter what the circumstances.”

Currently in its six-month pilot phase, URIPALS is accepting families with cats and smaller animals into its shelter, and hopes to expand the program to include dogs this December. As such, Purina’s welcome kits during this phase of the program will be tailored to cats, including items such as food, toys, crates, and other accessories. Purina is also donating a year’s supply of food and litter to families upon leaving the shelter. In addition to these welcome kits, families will receive educational materials designed to guide them in best practices for caring for their pets.

Photo Credit: Nestle Purina

Photo Credit: Nestle Purina

“Years ago, when I realized my daughter, two pets and I would have to leave our abusive situation or we might not make it out alive, everything happened so quickly,” said Muriel Raggi, a survivor of domestic violence. “I didn’t even have time to think, let alone pack the things my pets and I would need. I am confident that through Purina’s program with URI, survivors and their pets can get the support they need to move forward together.”

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

About Urban Resource Institute

Urban Resource Institute (URI) is a 501(c)(3) 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 32-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 advocacy and 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. In June 2013, URI launched a pilot program called URIPALS—People and Animals Living Safely. It is the first initiative in New York City to allow victims of domestic violence to enter shelter with their pets. For more information, please visit


Photo Credit: Nestle Purina

Photo Credit: Nestle Purina

About Nestlé Purina

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a global leader in the pet care industry and promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestlé Purina is part of Swiss-based Nestlé, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company.

Ford Motor Company & American Humane Association Remind Pickup Drivers: Dogs Ride Inside

Posted on September 12th, 2013

American Humane Association (AHA) experts caution that pets should never be transported in the bed of a pickup truck

Did you know that, according to Ford and the AHA, 100,000 dogs die each year riding in truck beds? Did you also know that it’s simple (and affordable) to keep your pet safe in a pickup truck?

According to Ford, there are simple, basic steps that can help keep pets safe and driver distractions down.

Ford and the American Humane Association have teamed up in a new pet safety campaign to remind pickup truck drivers that dogs should never ride in the bed of a pickup truck. Called “Dogs Ride Inside,” the campaign reminds all drivers that simple, basic actions can prevent serious injury or death while transporting a beloved family pet.

“It is estimated that 100,000 dogs die each year riding in truck beds” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization. “Unfortunately, we have all seen dogs riding in the bed of a pickup truck, which is an extremely dangerous way to transport your pet.”

“As America’s truck leader, this is an issue that’s close to the heart for us,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager. “We’re not asking that people go to onerous lengths while driving with pets, but even the smallest steps can make a difference in keeping all passengers in our vehicles safe.”

The American Humane Association and Ford recommend:

·         All animals should ride inside a pickup truck cab – never in the bed of a truck.

Jinx "the Wonder Dog;" Photo Courtesy: Ford Motor Company

Jinx “the Wonder Dog;” Photo Courtesy: Ford Motor Company

·         At the very minimum, your pet should always ride in the back seat if your truck has one. An animal in the front seat can quickly become a driver distraction and cause an accident, jeopardizing the pet and everyone else in the vehicle. The highest volume F-Series trucks – the F-150 SuperCrew® and Super Duty Crew Cab both have spacious second-row seats ideal for man’s best friend. Better yet is to restrain, contain or crate your pet with a pet carrier or specially designed pet seatbelt.

·         Dogs love sticking their heads outside of a moving car, but that’s also one of the easiest ways for a pet to be injured, whether it’s from a flying rock or even falling out of the vehicle.  It’s OK to briefly roll the window down to satisfy a curious nose, but not more than that. Wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit into their eyes.

·         Just in case you and your pet become separated, be sure that all ID tags are properly affixed to your pet’s collar and that they have your current contact information, including cell number(s). Your pet should also have an ID microchip implanted – and make sure the microchip registration and pet license information is up-to-date. Consider including the name and phone number of an emergency contact.

·         Never leave pets unattended inside of vehicles. Remember that cars heat up fast – even with the windows cracked.

This fall, Ford will sponsor a month-long adoption and pet safety tour in conjunction with Fido Friendly magazine. “Get Your Licks on Route 66” will visit 15 cities from Los Angeles to Chicago promoting pet safety and adoption; in the first four years of the tour more than 1,500 animals have been placed in new homes. Shelters along the route and dates can be found at 

About American Humane Association

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877 American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today they’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at and remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

Urge Your Reps to Vote NO on Farm Bill NOW!

Posted on June 20th, 2013

In a disappointing late-night move, the House leadership refused to allow debate on any animal welfare amendments when the Farm Bill goes to the full House. Bipartisan amendments on horse slaughter, horse soring, and protecting egg-laying hens were left out of consideration, while the dangerous, overreaching “King Amendment” remains in the Farm Bill.

The King Amendment seeks to repeal state laws regarding agriculture production and could nullify measures on farm animal confinement, horse slaughter, puppy mills, shark finning, and a wide range of other concerns including food safety, child labor and the environment.

This provision is so potentially harmful, and with no amendment or debate allowed to consider the King provision on the House floor, we must now stop the entire Farm Bill in its tracks.

It is critical for every member of the House to hear from concerned advocates like us ASAP – like, today.Animal Welfare

To block the King Amendment, please call your representative and urge them to vote “no” on the Farm Bill.


Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative ( urging opposition to the Farm Bill, which in its current form would include the King Amendment that could nullify many state laws that protect animals.

Here is what you say:

“As a constituent concerned about preventing cruelty to animals, I’m calling to urge you to please vote ‘no’ on the Farm Bill because I want animals to have protection from cruelty.”



Building the Perfect Fence for Your Pet and Your Home

Posted on June 16th, 2013

From treats to clothes to expensive beds, pet owners have a habit of treating their four-legged friends like their children. In fact, a 2011 survey conducted by Kelton Research revealed that 81% of pet owners consider their pets to be equal members of the family.

And just as couples protect their children from danger by locking doors and creating an environment that is “kid-proof,” pet owners have the same responsibility.

For those with a yard, a fence is essential.

There are many considerations to make when purchasing and installing a fence, and these go beyond how much area needs to be fenced in, how high the fence should be and how deep it should go to prevent pets from escaping underneath it. Given that the construction and installment of a fence is an investment, it’s also important to select the material that meets your requirements for maintenance, durability, privacy, and aesthetics.

Mesh Fencing: It is no secret that dogs, and particularly puppies, have boundless energy. Additionally, they can be escape artists and will quickly gnash holes in even the strongest material. While a mesh fence may sound like a bad idea, it can actually work well as a temporary solution for containing your pets and even your children.

Strong poles allow the fence to stand unwavering, and fine woven material prevents teeth and paws from catching hold. Unfortunately, however, this fencing material may not do that much for privacy or decoration. It is easy to see through the fence into the inner sanctum of the yard, and it can detract from the overall look and feel of the exterior of your home.

Chain Link Fencing: Unlike mesh, chain link fencing is a more permanent and durable solution for keeping pets and children from wandering away. It is sturdy, weatherproof and low maintenance. Chain link fences are also cheaper than some of the alternatives and can be purchased anywhere from $1 to $4 per square foot if you install it on your own.

If you require professional installation, this can increase the cost per square foot to $10 or more. While a chain link fence is great for a pet, it may not be ideal for containing older children who can climb over them using the foot-sized holes or exit through the gate. Additionally, the aesthetics of a chain link fence are lacking, and there is very little privacy; neighbors and passers-by can see right into your yard.

Wood Fencing: Wood fencing is a classic that not only provides a preventative barrier for pets and children, but can be customized to truly compliment any home and yard. It is durable, and due to the many design options that are available, it can add style to your home while serving as a privacy barrier.

One important aspect of building this kind of fence is selecting the type of wood. Following are three popular options for wood fencing:

  • Redwood: Redwood stands strong against insects and rot, and due to its makeup, holds many types of finishes. It can cost in the $20 range per linear foot, however.
  • Cedar: Rot, insects and moisture don’t stand a chance with a fence made of cedar. This wood can also be stained or weathered naturally to a gray color.
  • Pine: A neutral, soft wood, pine doesn’t resist termites or rot, but it can be treated for outdoor use and can be more affordable than other wood options.

Vinyl Fencing: Vinyl fencing forms the perfect option for the appearance-conscious homeowner who is looking for a tasteful, low-maintenance, durable solution for their yard. There are private, semi-private, picket and post, and rail styles, and this type of fence is sturdy and makes for a challenging climb for escape artists, whether human or animal. Vinyl fencing for an area that is 150 linear feet can run between $2,500 and $3,500, including installation.

Composite Fencing: Composite fencing may be the new material on the block, but its reputation for easy maintenance and natural appearance is growing quickly. Composites can include up to 100 percent recycled material and can compete with wooden fencing when it comes to privacy and design possibilities. But this green approach comes with a higher cost, which has made it controversial in the marketplace. Expect prices that can range from 25 to 40 percent more for composite fencing compared to its wood counterpart.

Homeowners looking to fence in their yard face a challenging investment. While the safety of children and pets is paramount, there are other factors that come into play when selecting a fencing material, including maintenance, privacy, and aesthetics.

When purchasing and installing a fence, make the most of your investment by carefully considering both your budget and your fencing needs.

About the Author

Chris Long, a long-time store associate at a Home Depot in Illinois, writes for the Home Depot blog. He enjoys writing on everything from lumber to electric fence tips.

Prepping Your Pet for Flea and Tick Season

Posted on June 11th, 2013

Warmer weather is now here, and with that development, you’ll surely want to be spending more time outdoors with your pet. After being cooped up inside all winter, you and your dog will need some fresh air and some space to roam about. This fresh air and exercise can be good for you and your pup, but there might be some hidden dangers lurking in the great outdoors:  fleas and ticks.

Even the most attentive of pet owners can run into problems with fleas and ticks for their pets, but there are steps you can take to prevent and solve any pest problem you might encounter with your dog. Here are some tips for preventing and solving any pet pest problems.

Preventing Pests from Finding Your Pets

First, you’ll want to start with preventing any problem as much as possible. Ensure that your pet is on a flea and tick preventative medication to reduce the likelihood they will run into problems. There are both topical and oral medications you can give your pet, and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Topical applications may prevent both fleas and ticks, but can be messy at times while you wait for them to spread across the skin. Oral preventatives are less messy and effective, but often only prevent fleas and not ticks. Consult with your vet to see which medication is right for your pet, and make sure you adhere to the medication plan each month.

Solving a Flea Problem

When it comes to fleas, it won’t take long for you to discover if your cat or dog has tracked them inside. Excessive scratching will probably be the biggest tell of a flea problem, and if your pet has short, light fur, you may be able to see the fleas on their stomachs or legs. If your pet spends time in your bed or on the couch, it’s likely they’ll move to biting you in addition to your pet.

Luckily, while fleas can be an annoying pest, as long as you catch the problem early, it can be a simple one to treat. The best way to get rid of fleas is to drown them, so make sure you give your cat or dog a thorough scrub down to eliminate any fleas that might be on their body. These fleas will try to jump their way to safety, so make sure you scrub, scrub, scrub. If a regular bath won’t work for your pet, there are flea and tick shampoos you can apply.

After your pet is flea-free, next you’ll want to ensure that your home is rid of any fleas that might have taken residence there. Look for a flea or tick spray at your local pet store and spray your house diligently. (Note that these sprays oftentimes have an odor, so you’ll want to ensure you open your windows and air out your home while spraying, or choose a natural spray that doesn’t use harsh chemicals.) Go through the house and spray both sides of couch cushions, pillows, mattresses, carpets, rugs, and any other surfaces that you can’t simply wash clean. Also be sure to wash all dog bedding; your sheets and blankets; and any other fabric surface where these pests may have taken up a home. Some people recommend vacuuming carpet and dumping the contents into an outdoor garbage bag to rid the carpet of any hiding pests.

If your pet keeps running into flea problems due to conditions outside your home, be extra vigilant in the dry spring months that you don’t develop a problem again. The rainy season will help drown fleas that live outdoors, but you’ll want to make sure that you keep your home pest-free after spending time conquering your problem.

Taking Care of Ticks

While scratching can be an indicator of a flea problem, ticks can be just as problematic but with fewer warning signs. If you take your pet into a wooded area for long walks, make sure you carefully inspect your pet when you return home. Common places that ticks bury themselves are paw pads, ears, and near the tail base, but they could find a home anywhere. Make sure you check your pet carefully each time they come back inside to prevent a tick problem.

If you do spot a tick on your pet, it’s best to try and remove it as soon as possible to reduce the chance your dog can develop a tick-related disease, such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. On a recent episode of Who Let the Dogs Out, veterinarian Karen Halligan provided the following tips to remove a tick:

  • When removing a tick, wear gloves and use forceps or tweezers to remove the pest.
  • Grab onto the tick where the head is closest to the pet’s body, as close to the skin as possible, and remove it with one swift motion.
  • Place the tick into a jar with alcohol and put a lid on it. Make sure the head is still attached and not in your pet’s skin. If you think part of the tick still remains in your pet’s skin, take your pet to the vet for an examination.
  • Watch the affected areas for a few days to ensure the skin heals properly. A small welt near the affected site is normal, but if you notice any skin discoloration, take your pet to the vet immediately.


Author Bio:
Rainier Fuclan is an animal lover and health nut. You can usually see him running with his dog around the park or having fun with his cat at home, when he’s not writing.