Posted: Mar 26, 2014 3:25 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2014 3:26 PM
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.
Around the country, pet friendly shelters are as varied as the Littlegrass Ranch, which finds short-term safe houses for abused women and their horses in the Texas Hill Country.