(BPT) - October marks national domestic violence awareness month, a time for advocacy and action to help end domestic abuse in all forms — which all too often includes both people and pets. It’s estimated that one in three women and one in four men will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetimes, but only ten percent of domestic violence shelters are outfitted to accommodate pets. This leaves many survivors with a heart-breaking choice — stay in a dangerous situation or leave their pets behind to face the abuser alone. As a result, nearly half of victims will delay leaving their abuser if they can’t take their pet with them.

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