3 Steps to Apply
Read the grant information
Review the eligibility guidelines and pre-application checklist
Complete the RedRover Safe Housing grant application
Grants of up to $60,000 are offered to nonprofit domestic violence and animal organizations across the United States. Funding may be used to build or renovate spaces dedicated to housing survivor’s pets, begin a foster program to care for survivor’s pets, pay for temporary boarding for survivor’s pets, or a combination of services that will best serve your community. Grant funds may also be used for routine veterinary care, emergency veterinary care, and pet deposits.
Funds requested to pay for boarding, medical care, and pet deposits are intended to help with program costs for a maximum of two years. It is expected that your pet program will cover those costs after that time. The funds requested must also be based on a researched or demonstrated need for the number of animals expected to use the pet program.
Building Collaborative Relationships
In addition to helping people and pets find safety together, these grants are meant to help build collaborative relationships within your community. Domestic violence and animal organizations will be expected to work together to identify the needs for these services in their communities and find the best ways to fill them. If veterinary services cannot be provided by the animal organization, a partnership with one or more veterinary clinics is recommended. We also suggest reaching out to community organizations, such as the Girl Scouts, local pet supply stores, places of worship, etc., to see if they are able to fulfill any program needs through community service or donations. Ongoing needs, such as pet food and supplies, leashes and collars, or short-term needs like help with landscaping or organizing, can often be filled by volunteers and fundraisers.
We especially encourage organizations in Hawaii and Rhode Island to apply for Safe Housing grants as there are currently no pet-friendly domestic violence shelters in these states.
Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit Don’tForgetThePets.org. RedRover and Rescue Rebuild created this resource for those interested in building a program to help people and pets escape violence together. Free training workshops and handbooks are available, as well as one-on-one coaching assistance.
Questions? Check out our Safe Housing FAQ
To request a PDF copy of the RedRover Relief Safe Housing grant application to use as reference before applying, please fill out this Safe Housing Application PDF Request
You can also download our Safe Housing budget template. All budgets submitted with a Safe Housing application must use this template.
Eligible? Submit an application
Applications are due on May 15 and October 15. Funding decisions will be made within 45 days of the application deadline.
By clicking the application link you are verifying that you have read the above eligibility information.
Don’tForgetThePets.org offers free workshops and handbooks, as well as one-on-one coaching assistance, to help organizations explore ways to create and sustain pet programs.
RedRover’s Domestic Violence (DV) Resources page for other sources of grant funding for DV shelters and resources for DV victims.
RedRover also offers situation-based grants to fund boarding and/or veterinary care for pets of DV victims when the DV shelter cannot house the pets on-site.
See the list of shelters that have already received Safe Housing grants.
Read our Safe Housing FAQs for more information.