Red Rover funds CT’s first domestic violence shelter

Connecticut’s First Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelter A recent victory for domestic violence survivors everywhere was gained this year: Connecticut opened the first ever pet-friendly domestic violence shelter in the state! Connecticut now makes 40 states across the country offering accommodations for both domestic violence survivors and their furry friends. This revolutionary facility, Safe Futures, is only the second facility across the entire northeast that allows pets to join their owners in the shelters. While there is much room for improvement in the acceptance of animals into these facilities, Safe Futures are setting the example for other shelters, all while helping survivors and their pets find peace. The Connecticut facility received a $15,000 grant from RedRover, an organization motivated by maintaining the wellbeing of all animals, including keeping them with their owners through the struggles of … Read More

Do You Have Concerns About Fostering?

PetsEmpower understands that you may have concerns about fostering someone else’s pet. If you’re committed to our mission but have questions about fostering, please read on. We’ve compiled answers to some questions and concerns that new foster parents may have. What if my Foster Pet isn’t a Good Match? You want to help, but you’re more of a dog person than a cat person. Or maybe you’re afraid you’ll receive a hyperactive dog because you’re not an active person. Our goal is to build a network of options for people in crisis. We accept a variety of different animals, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept a variety of animals. If you share your preferences with us, we’ll do our best to match you with an animal. If we find a match immediately, that’s … Read More

6 Signs that You’re Ready to Foster an Animal

PetsEmpower enables people to move through crisis with the knowledge that their relationship with their pets will be preserved. As a result, short-term fostering is one of the most helpful services a volunteer can do for PetsEmpower, and it’s one of the most fulfilling experiences you’ll have. If you’re trying to decide whether or not fostering is right for you, we’re happy to discuss the opportunity with you. You may be surprised to learn that you’re more prepared than you think you are. You Want to Assist Animals and Humans You’ve considered fostering many times, but you’re torn between this volunteer opportunity and others that benefit social causes for humans. PetsEmpower isn’t your typical short-term fostering organization. Our program allows a crisis survivor to leave a dangerous situation. Fostering with us prevents an animal from … Read More

A Long-time Foster Shares Her Secrets

Shae's foster, Rex

Fostering a pet can seem like a challenge: you don’t know the pet, how they’ll act in your home, or maybe you worry about getting too attached. But for every challenge, there are rewards that outweigh it. We recently caught up with an active foster, Shae S., who shared her experience and tons of amazing advice for anyone out there considering becoming a foster. Read on to find out how she got started, why baby gates are her best friend and her tips for what to expect in 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a 33-year-old introverted graphic designer. I love the mountains, traveling, gardening and just being outside. I’ve lived in Colorado, Arkansas, Minnesota, but I bought a home and found my dream job in Utah … Read More

Caring for an Abused Cat

Cats have a reputation for independence, where living with a cat is more akin to having a roommate than a loving companion. There’s some truth to this myth—especially when compared to their obedient canine counterparts—but they do have an affectionate side. In fact, a recent study found that, when given the option, most cats will select human interaction over food. For a species that developed special communication for their human companions, this shouldn’t be surprising. The unique bond that cats develop with their owners isn’t based on pack behavior. Cats develop individual relationships. When a human abuses that relationship, the effects can be more drastic than what we see in dogs. Dog instinct tells them to find safety in a new pack. Cat instinct tells them to find safety hidden away and alone. As a … Read More

Caring for an Abused Dog

Prolonged exposure to abuse affects dogs in different ways. A 2015 study discovered that abused dogs displayed a dozen different behavior issues, including excitability, hyperactivity, attention seeking, and barking. While it sounds intimidating, most behavior issues can be trained out of a dog. Obviously, we don’t expect foster households to hold rigorous training for their foster dogs, but using the experience of experts can help an abused dog adjust to his temporary home. Some behavior issues can be approached with multiple tactics, so select one that works best for you and your foster dog. Consistency and repetition are paramount, and working together will help build your relationship. A Safe Home Your foster dog should know that their temporary home is safe. Establish a loose schedule that he will learn, including walks and eating. Don’t force … Read More

Introducing a Foster Cat To Your Home

Cats are known for their independence, so many people assume a cat will adjust on its own to a new home. While they do require time and their own space, they shouldn’t be expected to accept their new surroundings immediately. Cats thrive on routine and security, and, with a little patience and guidance from you, they should find a comforting new schedule while being fostered in your home. Preparing your Home Cats want to know every inch of their home and will thoroughly explore their territory. Check each room in your house and make changes as necessary: Many household items are poisonous to cats. Put away cleaners, citrus sprays, essential oils, and medications. Use childproof latches on any cabinets that contain these items. Many indoor plants will poison cats if they chew on them. Consider … Read More

Introducing a Foster Dog To Your Home

We all love dogs for their loving and loyal companionship. It’s no surprise that many foster parents find dogs to be a rewarding experience. In order to introduce a new dog into your home, you may need to make some changes, and you will have to train yourself and your family members on how to interact with your foster. Preparing your Home A new dog will explore your house. This may be a simple perimeter check or an intense sniffing session into every cupboard and corner. As they become more comfortable, they may stick their nose into other places. Check each room and make changes as necessary: Many household items are poisonous to dogs. Put away cleaners, lotions, and medications. Put up or hide alcohol, chocolate, onions, and raisins. Use childproof latches on any cabinets … Read More