We are closed for August. Programs resume in September.

Our Mission

"Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless. Go to bat for the defenseless."Isaiah 1:17

Collide is a ministry that provides assistance to homeless youth and travelers of the East Village/LES by offering food and medical care to their companion animals. We operate through Graffiti Community Ministries, located inside of Graffiti Church, applying our faith by sharing God's love in a practical way and affirming the worth of people and animals who call the streets home. At Collide, we recognize the critical role companion animals play in the overall well-being of their owners, as they offer emotional support, stability, and unconditional love. We believe all creatures are valuable, and for us, that means compassion extends from the end of the leash to the hand that holds it.


Our Programs

“Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks”Psalm 36:6
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Veterinary Care

The cornerstone of Collide is Veterinary Care. Our clinics allow us to provide necessary animal medical services as well as legally required vaccinations and dog licensing. These clinics assist individual animals and also address important public health needs.

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Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild program was developed to encourage clients to spay and neuter their animals. Clients who do have their animal spayed/neutered are given a kit with useful people and pet supplies as well as extended veterinary benefits.

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Weekday Meal

We serve human and animal families a meal together from late spring through the fall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Graffiti. These weekly meals allow us to connect with our clients while outfitting them with supplies needed for themselves and their animals.

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Lucky 13:3

Lucky 13:3 is our prison pen pal program based on Hebrews 13:3, which states, “Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them. Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them had happened to you”. This program is limited to friends and family of our community.


How You Can Help

"Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help."Proverbs 3:27

Donate Financially

Collide NYC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the umbrella of Graffiti Community Ministries. Your tax-deductible donation goes directly to our work to serve our homeless clients and their animals.

Contribute Supplies

Every item you contribute from our wish list allows us to create a more robust program, serving as many people and animals as possible and providing work opportunities for the people we serve.

Help Us Serve

If you are interested in giving your time and serving with us, we invite you to learn more about our needs and how we facilitate our programs. Though we work with animals, our priority is people.


Frequently Asked Questions

"An intelligent heart acquires knowledge."Proverbs 18:15a
I am from animal control/law enforcement or a rescue organization and we have an animal connected to you.

Please contact us so we can provide you with veterinary records, proof of ownership, and any other information you may require. Email is best, but you can also text us or leave us a message on our Infoline (917) 979-3767. We are usually able to return calls within the hour.

I am a private citizen and I have an animal with your tag/chip.

Please contact us so we can reach out to the animal’s owner. Also check Craigslist and look for missing pet fliers that may be posted in your area. Our clients may lack the ability to make phone calls, check email, and may have limited access to transportation. Conduct the widest search possible while you wait to hear from us.

If you cannot physically hold the animal, we recommend having it taken to the nearest animal shelter so the owners can retrieve it and we can coordinate care through the shelter. We will help the owner make arrangements to collect their pet. We do not sponsor veterinary care or boarding costs for any found animal that is not in the custody of a state or city run facility.

One of the saddest and most difficult parts of our job is seeing beloved pets stolen by well-intentioned citizens. Most of these animals are found on the road in rough shape and rehabilitated by their owners only to be taken by someone who thinks the pet deserves better. Pets want to be where their people are, even if that is not in a traditional home environment.

How can a homeless person own a pet?

People who own pets, whether in traditional or nontraditional environments, do so for many reasons. We do not speculate as to why a person may have a pet but we do offer services to address the multiple needs of the homeless community and their animals. Society as a whole has many views on the subject of pet ownership and we do not make comments in regards to why our clients may have a pet or why others may agree or disagree with it. These animals are loved and valued, fulfilling a normal human desire for companionship.

Though many people say they would take their pets with them if they became homeless, that is not the statistical reality. We help those who do.

We never condone the mistreatment, abuse, or neglect of any living creature.

Can you provide further information or resources?
“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”Charles Darwin

If you are seeking information for city shelters, housing, or service agencies in regards to their policies or the number of people with pets that are trying to access their facilities, please contact the appropriate agencies directly.

Please visit nyc.gov or call 311 for more information about how the City of New York handles social services. For locations where individuals can access food, visit the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

Currently NYC homeless shelters do not allow animals with the exception of one facility dedicated to the victims of domestic abuse.

Having a pet greatly complicates programs that work to transition people seeking housing off of the streets or out of the human shelter system. If you have met someone you are seeking to help or are facing eviction, we cannot provide resources for you to facilitate housing, shelter, or foster as there currently is very little support in NYC to help with these issues when a pet is involved. The links below however are a good starting point to find what potential options may exist.

Homelessness and poverty are nationally systemic and cyclical problems. We have provided resources below as a launching point to learn more about these issues. Our hope is for individuals to become a part of bringing change to their community and to the accepted and often misunderstood approach of viewing anyone in these situations.

I would like to know more about a dog or person.

Collide highly values the privacy of our two and four-legged clients and does not release information about either to the public or media.

We do not allow observation of our programs or access to our clients for interviews. Nor do we display images of our human clients or request that they sign a photo release.

What does faith based mean?

Here at Collide we are inspired by God’s command to love others. We are motivated by our belief in Jesus and His teachings to help and serve the under served – both the two- and four-legged.

Our services are offered to people and animals in need, regardless of a person's race, gender, immigration status, faith, beliefs, lifestyle choices, or sexual orientation.

Those who participate with Collide in any capacity are not expected to accept our spiritual system or attend religious functions, nor are they required to listen to or accept any religious material in order to receive our services. We offer referrals to any organization or program that is beneficial to our clients.

Though we inhabit an office at Graffiti Church, Collide is one of many programs that operates under the umbrella of Graffiti Community Ministries; the service arm of Graffiti Church which carries a seperate 501(c)3. Our EIN is 13-3861124.

How do I get in touch with you and what are your hours?

Collide is typically open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2pm - 4pm at Graffiti Church, located at 205 E. 7th Street between Avenues B and C. The two days we are open are spent in the field with clients or operating programs. For general inquiries please fully utilize the information available on our website.

If Heidi or Ali are not physically on site, there is no one who is authorized to access our supplies or handle your request. Graffiti has many other types of programs in progress simultaneously with ours which limits our methods and availability to ensure the safety of all who participate, including the animals.

For these reasons email is the best way to contact us, but you can also leave a voicemail or text on our Infoline (917) 979-3767. All the programs at Graffiti and their staff have access to answering the phones and the door, please do not assume that you are speaking with a representative of Collide if you stop by or call Graffiti's main number.

Please do not send potential client to our location outside of our program hours as they will not be granted access to the building. Mobility with an animal can be a particular challenge in NYC as large pets are not welcome on the public transit systems and some clients may have to walk upwards of 30 blocks to reach us. We do not want anyone to experience the frustration of an unsuccessful trip when attempting to receive supplies or our services.

Do you provide a pet food pantry, youth shelter, homeless shelter, or animal shelter?

We are not a pet food pantry, homeless shelter, youth shelter, or animal shelter. To learn more about what we do, please visit the programs section of our website. Collide operates out of an office within Graffiti that does not have facilities for human or animal housing.

We are currently piloting several projects including sheltering animals during extreme weather conditions and the expansion of our programs to access more communities. If these initiatives continue to sustainably develop we will update our website.

I would like Collide to help a homeless person with a pet.

We are closed for August. Programs resume in September.

Professional: Employees/Social Workers with the DHS or a youth or adult homeless shelter or facility who have a client interested in our services or would like to partner with us by setting up a clinic at your location, please contact us. Social Workers please utilize the Helping Pets and People in Crisis toolkit at the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

General Public: We believe in the individual right of a person to seek help and access the services they need for themselves and their pet. Therefore, we only coordinate care directly through a potential client at their request. This must be done in person by visiting Collide during our program hours Tuesdays at 2 pm. Clients must come to us to receive services, we do not currently have the ability to provide help outside of our physical location in the East Village and in keeping with these policies, we do not respond to requests for us to check on individuals and their animals.

If you are concerned that a person may not know about our services, you can provide a potential client with our brochure or our Infoline number (917) 979-3767 which will give them all the information they will need to get in touch with us and to have a clear understanding of what services we offer.

Please do not send a potential client to our location outside of our program hours as they will not be granted access to the building. Mobility with an animal can be a particular challenge in NYC as large pets are not welcome on the public transit systems and some clients may have to walk upwards of 30 blocks to reach us. We do not want anyone to experience the frustration of an unsuccessful trip when attempting to receive supplies or our services.

I would like to volunteer with Collide.

A key initiative in our programs is allowing our clients to fulfill roles that a volunteer normally would, thus enabling a work history for those who are seeking employment and providing opportunities for those who have received help to in turn serve others. As a result we have very few on site positions for general volunteers, though we have other opportunities to serve.

Our vision is that we will sustainably grow and that this expansion will allow for the inclusion of more volunteers. We would love to facilitate the many requests we receive to be a part of helping NYC communities in need.

We encourage our current and potential volunteers to give their time to homeless adult or youth shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, and city run animal shelters. We believe that social change comes from education, and participating in the systems that our clients utilize is the first step toward recognizing the great needs and challenges of homelessness and poverty not only in NYC, but our nation as a whole.

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