Phoenix – Tossed in a Stairwell to Die

Back in January, Urgent announced that we had expanded our “mission.” Not only would we be assisting animals at the AC&C, but we would also attempt to help animals in danger of being surrendered, or in need of immediate assistance.

Meet Phoenix, a severely neglected, emaciated little girl that was tossed out onto the cold NYC streets.

We are not sure how or why, but on Sunday March 23rd, Phoenix was found lying in a stairwell – frightened, hungry, and in excruciating pain. She had major bruising on her body and a badly injured back leg. A kind person named Sarah sat with her all day until help could arrive. When the police were alerted, they advised that the only thing to do was take her to the NYC AC&C. We couldn’t let that happen… Read More



As 2013 comes to a close and we look forward to a brighter 2014, I would like to take a moment to thank EVERYONE that has stood by Urgent and supported our cause. I have to say that Urgent has the greatest and most dedicated group of admins that I am honored to call friends. I don’t think anyone really understands the time and heart they put into this organization, but know that without them, there would be no Urgent. LOVE YOU GUYS!!

It amazes me that when Urgent started in 2010, we had just a few volunteers. Today there are DOZENS that help in all areas of our Facebook page, website and organization. That does not even include all our cross-posters, the army of people that regularly watch the threads and assist potential foster/adopters, or the volunteers that help the rescues collect pledges, process applications, do home visits, and assist with transports. It is surreal when you start to really think about it… and everyone involved needs to be applauded.

2013 brought us countless “New Beginnings” yet still we dealt with too much death. Our hearts soared and then our hearts broke daily, but we still found our way back everyday to start again… Read More


In Memory of Stephani Remini
March 10, 1978 – December 31, 2013

Stephani was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer after battling a brain tumor. Throughout her struggle, Stephani remained positive, and inspired everyone she met with her amazing attitude. Stephani was the embodiment of the word “fighter.” Stephani often spoke about how she would beat cancer, and had plans go to the shelter to adopt a homeless cat when she was well. Stephani held onto her dreams, right through her last days on earth. She never gave up hope that tomorrow would be a better day. Tragically, her life was taken too soon, at the young age of 35.

The Stephani Remini Fund has been established so her legacy of hope and help can continue. In her honor, we hope to provide for those in need, and always remember to look for the rainbow after the rain.

The Stephani Remini Memorial Fund will assist owners and rescues with the costs associated with treating cancers in their companion animals.

To read more and contribute follow this link: Stephani Remini Memorial Fund



Without YOU, so many animals in this video would not be here to celebrate Christmas with their new families. Please watch our video and smile! Thank You!!



Holiday Donation Drive For Our Shelter Animals

It’s that time of the year again and Urgent is collecting donations for our animals at the ACC. We’ve added coats for the dogs now that “Mr. Winter” has arrived. Please consider purchasing some gifts for our dogs and cats. Dont forget to use Amazon Smile for your donation, as well as any other shopping you do this holiday season. When you use “smile,” Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to the charity of your choice. Thank you for caring about the animals at the NYC AC&C!!

(To use Amazon Smile for ANY shopping on the amazon site, use this link:http://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ge?ie=UTF8&ein=45-2392571 )

Urgent’s ACC Wish List:http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2WU1TB83L42P9/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o?





Daisy Scout’s Toy Drive For NYC AC&C Animals


Daisy Scout Troop 5016 teamed up with Urgent Pets on Death Row for a toy and treat drive. Approximately 20 daisies where on hand at the event and brought friends and family. Enthusiasm was high and donations where very generous.  [read more...]



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The History of Urgent…

Karen Pepp (aka Kay Smith), President and Founder, with Holly

As told by President & Founder, Karen Pepp (aka “Kay Smith”)

If there is one question that everyone asks, it is “How did Urgent get started?” Believe it or not, the road to Urgent began with some feral cats! How I went from feral cats to death row dogs was a winding road that I now call FATE. While trying to socialize some kittens, I became friends with a local cat rescuer. I made him a deal that if he would help with the kittens, I would help with his website and FaceBook page. Once word got out that I was willing [read more...]