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Pets, Abuse Survivors Sheltered Together

First program in NYC to house victims with their animals.

Perhaps the most love that domestic-abuse victims get is from their pets—yet there are few nationwide shelters that allow them to live together. Now the Urban Resource Institute will launch New York City’s first-ever shelter to house both abuse survivors and their pets. As many as 40 percent of people suffering in an abusive situation put off leaving because they are concerned about their pets’ safety. The NYC pilot program, called People and Animals Living Safely (PALS), is set to run for six months beginning June 1. Here’s to hoping these survivors find comfort and safety—with Fido or Fluffy securely at their sides.