Sacramento (March 24, 2020) – RedRover is greatly concerned for people and animals during this COVID-19 crisis. Here are some resources for pet owners ensuring the health and safety of pet(s) during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Veterinary care

RedRover Relief: Financial assistance grants for emergency veterinary care. Applications accepted online.

Emergency boarding

RedRover Relief Safe Escape grants to help families with pets safely escape domestic abuse together.

If you or someone you know needs help taking care of an animal because of virus-related hospitalization or quarantine, RedRover is in the process of creating a new assistance program to cover the cost of temporary boarding for people suffering from COVID-19 who require hospitalization. In the meantime, we recommend you reach out to local animal shelters and rescue groups to find resources and support available in your area.

If you have animal-related issues or questions, or need animal care or foster, follow your local animal shelter or humane society on social media, call them with questions, and/or check their websites for updates.

Pet food

If you or someone you know cannot afford to purchase pet food, please contact a pet food pantry near you or visit the link below for more guidance.

Assistance with Basic Pet Care and Other Needs

Educational resources for kids

If you are home with kids, check out our free Empathy Resources for At-Home Learning and share with parents and educators.

Emergency plan for pets

Download our COVID-19 Preparedness for Pets PDF

Other preparedness resources

RedRover Pet Disaster Preparedness 

Pet Disaster Preparedness from CDC

How to help

If you are in a position to help, we recommend reaching out to your local animal shelter to see if they need foster homes for their animals.

Please consider making a donation to RedRover to help people and pets in crisis, particularly those who lives have been impacted by COVID-19. Give today at

Stay connected

Consider checking in with neighbors to stay connected and check if they or their pets are in need. Keep in touch via phone, email or through apps like

Visit our “COVID-19 Emergency Resources for People and Pets” page often for updates:

About RedRover

Since 1987, RedRover has focused on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the human-animal bond through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and humane education.  For the fifth consecutive year, RedRover’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. To learn more about how RedRover is creating a more compassionate world, please visit



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