A domestic violence shelter custom-designed for people and pets has been built in New York City.

Domestic violence survivors, officials, advocates and some pets gathered Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting. Organizers say it’s the first shelter of its size custom-built for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments.

President and CEO of the Urban Resource Institute, Nathaniel Fields, fifth from left, is joined by survivors of domestic violence, local officials, and staff during a ribbon cutting ceremony for a pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it's the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
President and CEO of the Urban Resource Institute, Nathaniel Fields, fifth from left, is joined by survivors of domestic violence, local officials, and staff during a ribbon cutting ceremony for a pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it’s the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The $20 million, seven-story facility can house up to 100 people. Residents are expected to start arriving in December.

An animal crate is seen in the living area of a two bedroom apartment during a tour of a pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it's the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
An animal crate is seen in the living area of a two bedroom apartment during a tour of a pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it’s the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Pet-friendly features include easy-to-clean floors and a grooming room.

Domestic-violence survivor Hope Dawson plays with her 3-year old Chihuahua terrier mix Coco, in the dog park of the pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it's the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Domestic-violence survivor Hope Dawson plays with her 3-year old Chihuahua terrier mix Coco, in the dog park of the pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it’s the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A growing number of shelters nationwide have accommodated animals so their owners wouldn’t hesitate to leave abusive homes. But such facilities are relatively few.

A grooming area is seen during a tour of a pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it's the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A grooming area is seen during a tour of a pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it’s the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The new one is being managed by Urban Resource Institute, a shelter operator.

A dedicated children's play area is seen during a tour of a pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it's the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A dedicated children’s play area is seen during a tour of a pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it’s the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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An animal crate is seen in the living area of a two bedroom apartment during a tour of a pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it's the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
An animal crate is seen in the living area of a two bedroom apartment during a tour of a pet friendly domestic violence shelter, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. The shelter, custom-designed for domestic violence victims to keep their pets in their apartments, has been built in New York City. Organizers say it’s the first custom-built, pet-friendly shelter of its size. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Source: The Associated Press