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Harlem Shelter Lets Domestic Violence Survivors Live With Their Pets

(DNAINFO)  Gustavo Solis — When Jasmin ran away from an abusive relationship, she refused to go without her two shih tzus.

“The idea of me leaving them and running was not an option,” she said. “It never crossed my mind.”

So instead of going to a domestic violence shelter Jasmin stayed at her mother’s house with her pets, Tony and Teresa. For months she lived in fear of bumping into her ex.

The two had been together for more than 18 years. They knew each other’s families and ran in the same social circles. Jasmin was only able to relax when she found out about a domestic violence shelter that welcomes pets.

“When I read about the PALS program, it sounds a little cheesy and dramatic, but it was a miracle for me,” she said. DNAinfo is withholding Jasmin’s last name because she is a resident of the shelter.

Source: Harlem Shelter Lets Domestic Violence Survivors Live With Their Pets – Central Harlem – DNAinfo.com New York