June 21, 2017
"There are 12 countries and 16 US states represented. Among them: Rhode Island"
May 23, 2017
"Startups that have gone through MassChallenge programs have gone on to raise more than $2 billion in funding, generate more than $900 million in revenue and create 65,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to MassChallenge."
Providence Business News
May 23, 2017
“We are pleased to be accepted to MassChallenge,” said Jordan Ross, founder of PetsEmpower.org. “We see it as a great platform to provide education and advocacy about the need for short-term pet fostering for domestic violence survivors to save lives, transform communities and end stigma in New England and globally.”
The Westerly Sun
May 11, 2017
According to Jordan Ross, founder of the PetsEmpower, all domestic violence shelters in Rhode Island prohibit pets and many domestic violence survivors fail to leave out of concern for their pet.
“It’s a big barrier for people who have pets and a lot of the time they stay out of shelters because they can’t find a place for their pet,” he said. “We exist to promote better health outcomes for the person and their pet.”
Rhode Island Monthly
May 8, 2017
"Rhode Island’s finest furry fashionistas will strut the runway in doggy fashions, and the proceeds from the event will go to PetsEmpower, which helps find temporary foster homes for the pets of domestic abuse victims."
Greenhorn Connect Blog
"PetsEmpower.org originated from my personal story of struggling to find short-term pet fostering for my black lab Jazz after escaping domestic violence. I realized domestic violence shelters prohibit pets and was unwilling to give up my loving dog. I knew others needed help too and my research indicates 1 million domestic violence survivors need temporary pet fostering in order to find safety for themselves and their pet."
by Steve Mariotti
"...1 million low-income domestic violence survivors need short-term pet fostering but only 1% of them are getting it. Today, PetsEmpower.org is dedicated to helping fill this need: they bring together disparate short-term pet fostering programs (currently in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, but soon across the country) and support their growth through grant funding, volunteer and foster recruitment, consulting and sharing best practices."
The Rainbow Times
by Christine Nicco
"Pets Empower is much needed help to non-profits working to help pets and their people stay together," she said. "[It] has connected us with facilities that were eager to help so people could seek safety while their pets were also in a safe place.
The Animal Print
by Stephanie Caress
"Most pet owners face the challenge of needing to find care for their pets at some point or another – whether it be due to a vacation, perhaps to visiting and allergic relative, or a myriad of temporary reasons. But what if your reason left you with an uncertain time of return?"
November 15, 2016
Jordan, who is a SEG Hub scholarship recipient, from the Boston area who now lives in Rhode Island, built this social enterprise by forming coalitions with non-profits in the field as well as advisors and volunteers. He also brings veterinarians and boarding kennels into the conversation. “It feels affirming to me that there is a community of people who want to make a difference.”
Right now, there are opportunities to get involved. We can all contribute to helping people and pets by spreading the word about PetsEmpower. We can work to de-stigmatize the experience of being in crisis. And we can help PetsEmpower find fosters and financial support, or donate care and supplies that pets might need. Additionally, Jordan is collecting stories via his website, podcast and blog. Share your experience to the hashtag #HowPetsEmpower and follow PetsEmpower on Facebook and Twitter to see what others are sharing.
Boston City Paper
October 15, 2016
"After Cornell, due to domestic violence , I ended up on the streets in Boston with my black lab, Jazz, and I realized shelters prohibit pets. Thankfully, after struggling for a year, I found a group home connected to the Pine Street Inn (a men's homeless shelter) to foster Jazz and was reunited with him."
September 27, 2016
"Many college students miss their pets as much as their families during their time away from home. For alumnus Jordan Ross (Economics ‘05), this bond became especially important as he recovered from domestic violence (DV). Unfortunately, this relationship was threatened when he discovered many recovery shelters would not accept his furry companion."
September 23, 2016
"Jordan Ross, founder of PetsEmpower, created the program to help people in crisis connect with families or organizations that can temporarily foster their pets while they enter a shelter or access services. It’s intended to benefit domestic violence survivors who wish to flee an abusive situation, but also offers help to people who suddenly become homeless because of other causes."
September 15, 2016
"During or after a crisis, Ross says pets and their owners, often and sometimes heartbreakingly, have to permanently separate from one another - with their cat or dog surrendered to an animal shelter - when they have no one to turn to.
Ross became homeless in Boston after he escaped a domestic violence situation. At the time, he had just graduated from Cornell University, was looking for work and had no income.
“I was not going to give Jazz up - he’d been with me his entire life, so I was close to him,” Ross explained."
August 11, 2016
"A few weeks ago we sat down with Jordan Ross, PetsEmpower founder, to learn more about his organization’s past, present and future. So get Fido fed and walked, peruse our discoveries and keep in touch! Follow Pets Empowered using the resources down below and be sure to say hi to Jordan at some Boston events."
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