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More domestic violence shelters are taking in pets

Published On: Mar 26 2014 08:53:25 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 26 2014 03:28:47 PM CDT
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NEW YORK (AP) -

A shelter in New York City quietly harbors domestic violence survivors, their children and - now - their pets.

It's the first animal friendly facility among the 50-plus emergency domestic violence shelters in the nation's largest city. And it's one in a fast-growing number of similar sanctuaries around the country.

A leading advocate says the numbers have shot up from four nationwide in 2008 to at least 73 now, with 15 more being planned.

They reflect growing awareness that animals can be victims of family violence and key factors in their owners' willingness to flee.

The New York shelter began allowing cats and pocket pets in June and dogs last month. It's run by the Urban Resource Institute, with help from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.