NEW YORK (AP) - A first-of-its-kind shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their pets is coming to New York City.
Officials from a coalition of nonprofits are to announce the new co-sheltering program on Thursday. It's dubbed People and Animals Living Safely, or PALS.
Starting Saturday, 10 apartments in a Brooklyn shelter for domestic abuse victims run by the nonprofit Urban Resource Institute's will be fully equipped to be pet friendly.
The apartments will include specialized cat-friendly screens over the windows and crates to comfortably house pets. They will eventually be soundproofed when dogs are accepted in September.
Organizers say while there's no official number for New York City, national data show more than 40% of victims stay in abusive relationship for fear of leaving their pets behind.