About Us

About PetsEmpower

No one should have to put their own safety or that of a beloved companion at risk.

Our Vision

Pet owners in crisis must know their loving companions are safe and receiving the best of care in order to start caring for themselves.

Our Mission

PetsEmpower provides temporary pet fostering for people in crisis until they can be reunited with their furry companions. We enable people to move through crisis with the knowledge that their relationship with their pets will be preserved.

Learn more about the fostering process

Our Story

PetsEmpower's story begins with the story of its founder, Jordan Ross. After graduating from college, Jordan found himself in an abusive home situation. Local shelters he found were not able to accommodate his beloved black lab, Jazz. As a result, Jordan and Jazz spent three months homeless on the streets of Boston. Finally, through Pine Street Inn, Jordan found a safe place for Jazz to stay while he got back on his feet and the two friends could reunite.

Hear more of Jordan's story in the video above.

Our Team

Jordan Ross

PetsEmpower - Jordan Ross

Executive Director
Founder & President

Jordan has loved building PetsEmpower.org and connecting with allies. He earned a BA from Cornell in Economics and attended MIT Sloan's Entrepreneurial Development Program. His background is in fundraising, real estate development, education, digital marketing, and athletics. He volunteers in equine assisted therapy, spends time with his yellow lab Kariya, and reads for fun.


Mike Caslin

PetsEmpower - Mike Caslin

Board member

CEO, GCSEN Foundation
Faculty, Babson College, CUNY-Baruch College

Mike is a Social Entrepreneurship thought leader who most recently founded the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network. He is experienced in all stages of venture development- ranging from Pre-Revenue R&D, Start-Up, Early Growth, Rapid Growth and Scale to Corporate Turnaround, Renewal, M&A and Harvest. He also serves on numerous for and nonprofit boards.

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Jim Bouderau

PetsEmpower - Jim Bouderau

Board member

Executive Director, SPCA of Tompkins County (NY).

Tompkins County SPCA was the first open admission no-kill shelter in the country (2001) and the first LEED certified Animal Shelter in the United States (2004).


Bill Ferguson

PetsEmpower - Bill Ferguson

Board member

MBA candidate, MIT Sloan School of Business

Founder, Boston chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation

PetsEmpower Provides Pet Fostering to People in Crisis