Short-term Fostering for Pet Owners in Crisis – PetsEmpower

Sustaining Pet Relationships Beyond Crisis. is a nonprofit umbrella organization increasing access to short-term fostering for domestic violence survivors in Massachusetts. We give courageous domestic violence survivors a positive alternative to pet relinquishment or remaining in abusive situations with their pet due to a lack of options to place their pet. We allow owners to find safety for themselves and their pets through short-term pet fostering and later reunite, generating positive health outcomes.

Get Help

If the fear of losing or endangering a pet is keeping you from taking steps to improve your situation, we can help.


Your skills matter! Contact us and we can align you with a volunteer position or direct you to partner organizations.

Partner, Sponsor or Other

Do you represent an organization which could benefit from a partnership? Is your company looking to provide sponsorships?

Your donation will keep pets and people together.

PetsEmpower is a 501(c)(3) organization: EIN: 81-4650111


PetsEmpower provides access to timely, trusted infrastructure and capacity that enables people in crisis to find pet care until they can be reunited.


Enabling people to move through crisis with the knowledge that their relationship with their pets will be preserved.



I truly appreciate the help I received from you and your company Pets Empower. . . Your company relieved the unnecessary stress of finding a boarding facility in a hurry. Not only was there ease in scheduling, but there was also complete trust that Shiloh would be taken care of by Pets Empower. . . Jordan, you and Pets Empower were a complete lifesaver during a difficult time for me.
Amber and Shiloh
Our organization was in need of ther organizations to contact regarding temporary boarding facilities for two different dogs. Since that is not our specialty, we reached out to other resources for assistance. PetsEmpower responded to our email request in a timely and efficient manner with resources and connected our organization to a few other organizations that were able to help. It is great to have the resources of a group like PetsEmpower. Thank you for providing a needed resource.
Mary Lou Maraganis
Animal Rescue Konnection (ARK), Co-Founder/President
Pets Empower is a much needed help to nonprofits working to help pets and their people stay together. We have been thankful to Jordan’s help to spread the word of our needs and refer volunteers to help. Pets Empower has connected us with facilities that were eager to help so people could seek safety while their pets were also in a safe place.
Sue Webb
LINK President
Coordinator for  
Just wanted to say thanks for letting us be part of your program.  Our dog Rosie was happy to have a friend visiting us.  The dogs became buddies in 1.2 minutes literally.  The foster dog that stayed with us was really happy and easy, it's clear he thrived in our home.  Your program has been a really good experience for our entire family.  You guys kept it really simple which was great for me.  Let us know if we can help out in any way in the future.  
Steve Wilkins and Family
Dorchester, MA

Key Facts

"Only three percent of domestic violence shelters across the country accept pets."- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

"Nearly half of the domestic abuse victims who stay in violent households do so because they are afraid for their animals." - Animal Legal Defense Fund

"71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims; 32 percent reported their children had hurt or killed animals." - National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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