Not Home Alone, sponsored by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, works to help pet owners prepare for emergency situations and assist hospitals in implementing patient pet care programs.

The goal is to broaden recognition that patient/pet responsibility issues are important factors in both quality of care and access to care, and to assist hospitals in implementing their own Patient Pet care programs. 

For hospitals, the ideal is to keep the animals in their own home, as the least stressful circumstance.  As a result, anxiety levels are reduced for both patient and pet.The patient gains respite from worries about the pet, and the animal, already stressed by the owner’s absence, receives excellent care and attention.  In many cases, this also helps keep the animal companion out of the shelter system – a win-win-win-situation.