Enrich your experience of the Beyond Housing magazine by joining practitioners from Urban Resource Institute (URI) to learn about their innovative People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program. Hear about ways providers can begin incorporating pets into their services for homeless families. In the first half of the session, PALS Director Danielle Emery will share examples of surprises, challenges and lessons learned in the development and long-term success of the PALS program. The second piece of the webinar, led by PALS Technical Assistance and Training Coordinator Colleen Parker, will focus on the significant role of animal relationships in trauma recovery and how affirming relationships with pets can promote dignity in the healing process. Both pieces of this webinar will highlight the importance of human-animal relationships to both adults and children, and what we as service providers can do to affirm and protect the relationships our clients value. A former participant in the PALS program will share their lived experience with domestic violence and homelessness, and the positive impact being able to remain with their pet had on their family. Attendees will leave the webinar having brainstormed some small, actionable strategies to start implementing pet-inclusive concepts into their programs and communities.
In advance of the webinar, attendees may wish to review the URI PALS Report & Survey: Domestic Violence & Pets, which is downloadable for free on the URI website: https://urinyc.org/palsreport/. You can also learn more about the program at www.urinyc.org/PALS.