Original story by Emily Woodbury for NPR’s St. Louis on the Air podcast. Here’s a sobering statistic from the animal advocacy nonprofit Red Rover: Only 10 percent of domestic violence shelters accept pets. That means many people fleeing abuse find themselves giving up animals with whom they’ve formed meaningful bonds. And sometimes, those animals themselves…

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Donna Smith-Pupillo, executive director of Deaconess Nurse Ministry in St. Louis, sees little difference when talking about her work and that of Deaconess’ partner, the United Church of Christ’s regional Missouri Mid-South Conference. “We partner with the conference because we are a part of the conference,” Smith-Pupillo says. “We are not a separate entity, but…

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