Game Change: The Anti-Violence Partnership

The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership

What is Game Change? Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership is an educative alliance between Northeastern University, the New England Patriots and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO), whose goal is to foster long-term anti-violence and healthy relationship education with the focus of developing student leaders to train their peers.   Game Change is a multi-phased initiative funded by owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, and The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, as well as the AGO. The training encourages facilitated conversations about issues like relationship abuse, consent, and respectful communication. Phase One began in 2015 with the selection of 30 high schools across the state to partner with a local domestic and sexual violence prevention organization. Through these partnerships, organizations were able to educate school staff, coaches, and parents, and to be an … Read More

Companion Animals: Can pets help improve your mental and physical health?

companion animals

When I get home from a long stressful day at work I am greeted at the door by two cats who are extremely happy to see me. When I have an anxiety attack my cat is purring by my side, licking my hand until I calm down. It’s no secret that our pets make us happy even on our worst days but researchers have concluded that companion animals are in fact good for our health. This is why we see animals on college campuses during finals, in hospitals and even in prisons. Research shows that the presence of a companion animal has health benefits including improvements in mental, social, and physiologic health. In regards to mental health, owning a cat or dog brings routine based on their care needs which can often help people with … Read More

PetsEmpower 2018 Pet Art Show: Accepting Submissions

PetsEmpower proudly presents a pet art show this spring in Boston! Pet parents and their companions in Boston (and anywhere else!) have deep emotional ties. We’d love to connect with artists of all types and experience levels for submissions depicting this very special relationship. Artists will be publicized and invited to the opening. Please email jordan@petsempower.org or call 617 386 6192 to learn more. Join our mailing list to be sure you get details on the pet show and other news from PetsEmpower. Someone in crisis who is courageously overcoming challenges shouldn’t have to worry about keeping their pet. PetsEmpower works with domestic violence survivors, veterans, addicts and others to arrange temporary pet fostering.

The Silencing of Immigrant Domestic Violence Vicitms

Immigrant women are often at higher risk for domestic violence than other women in America. This is due to the fact that there are often huge differences in cultural norms when it comes to the treatment of women. Many of the cultures that these women come from view domestic abuse as the norm. This often leads immigrant women to be afraid to speak out about their abuse, as their cultural norm is one of silence in the face of mistreatment. Even if an immigrant woman is bold enough to speak out, there is often a lack of access between herself and any sort of help. Immigrant women are often not even aware of their rights within the American legal system. This is largely the result of something as simple as a language barrier. There are … 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

One of the Greatest Loves I’ve Ever Had

Alarm goes off at 7:00 am. I consider hitting snooze and getting a few extra minutes with my dreams. Then, I roll over and see the sweetest face greeting me with a good morning gaze. I know in that moment she’ll understand if I go back to sleep and would even be content to watch while I did. She never questions anything I do. She just wants me to be happy, even at 7:00am. That’s not to say she won’t speak up when she disagrees with me, or when she’s not getting the attention she deserves (and trust me, she deserves it). But by and large, she’s the greatest companion I’ve ever had the honor of loving. Who is she? Her name is Sophie; my 6 pound, 9-year-old, rescue pup. Sophie is one of those, … 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

Black Friday, Meet Giving Tuesday

A $300 tax deductible donation to Pets Empower gives vet care, transportation and food to a foster animal and every donation is crucial in saving lives.

Thanksgiving marks a time for expressing gratitude and gathering with friends and family, but in recent years the biggest events of the holiday seem to be shopping related. On Black Friday, stores now open as early as early as Thursday evening so you can be sure to secure that half-off sweater. If you can’t handle the crowds (or getting off the couch after all that turkey), Cyber Monday offers deals on everything from leaf blowers to gaming gear. A simple click, and into your online cart it goes. The internet sale has become so popular it actually gets covered live on Lifehacker; but not only does all this spending not really seem in line with the spirit of the season, if Gizmodo’s coverage asking readers for their most ridiculous Black Friday purchases is any indication, many … Read More

Animal Magic: Cat Edition

I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with animals growing up; my parents got us two kittens when my sister and I were little, but we also spent a lot of time at our nanny’s farm- where there were countless cats, a dog, chickens, geese, the lot. At the time I didn’t appreciate how fulfilling it was to spend cozy afternoons playing with the newest litter of kittens, but these days I’d happily queue up at the cat café for the privilege of an hour or two with some furry friends! I am a wholehearted believer in the power of animal company, and there is plenty of evidence to support the idea that owning a cat hugely improves your quality of life. Whether it is by soothing anxiety, boosting oxytocin production or … Read More

PetsEmpower Finishes Up MassChallenge Accelerator

For the last seven years, MassChallenge has invited over one hundred entrepreneurs to Boston’s Innovation District to participate in a four-month startup acceleration program. PetsEmpower incorporated as a non-profit earlier this year, and we were excited to join other startup leaders for training sessions, lectures, workshops, and networking events. In addition to the accelerator program, up to twenty participants win grant prizes in a startup competition. Our founder and CEO, Jordan Ross, attended the events, and he submitted his final pitch for the competition on September 27. Regardless of the winner, we’re overwhelmed with gratitude at this opportunity. We’re barely a year old, and we’ve partnered with major pet brands and have increased support from the Boston community. What Is MassChallenge? MassChallenge startups have generated about $800 million in revenue and created 65,000 jobs. Where many … Read More