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Domestic Violence Shelters in New York City Now Allow Pets to Join their Owners

Rodrigo Mejia

The Urban Research Institute (URI) and New York City have started a six-month pilot program pairing sheltered survivors of domestic violence with their pets. "There has never been a more important time for the domestic violence shelter community to open its doors to pets," said URI president Nathaniel Fields. According to the New York Nonprofit Press, 40 percent of domestic violence victims say they remain in abusive situations to avoid reprisal aimed towards the pets they would leave behind.

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