There are myriad reasons victims of domestic violence hesitate to leave their dangerous situations, including fear, shame and uncertainty about what lies ahead. Another reason many survivors stay in an unsafe environment is because they don't want to leave behind a beloved pet.
HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani spoke on Friday with dog behavior expert Victoria Stillwell about URIPALS, a program through the Urban Resource Institute that offers safe shelter for victims of domestic abuse who have a furry friend in tow.
Find out more about URIPALS in the clip above, and check out the full HuffPost Live conversation about the emotional health benefits of pets here.
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