Our RedRover Relief program offers one-time grants to low- or no-income families, rescuers, and Good Samaritans facing emergency veterinary crises. Please review the established guidelines to see if your situation qualifies.
In 2016, RedRover Relief Urgent Care issued 498 grants totaling $124,144. RedRover Relief Safe Escape issued $60,874 in grants to help 127 animals with 3775 nights of safe boarding. RedRover Relief Safe Housing helped 12 domestic violence shelters across the country with $70,417 to build co-sheltering spaces so that people and their pets can stay safe together. RedRover depends upon on donations from kind supporters to run the RedRover Relief program.
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We are unable to provide specific referrals to veterinary clinics. We encourage you to contact local animal shelters and rescue organizations for leads to low-cost clinics and/or help with fundraising. Petfinder.com has a comprehensive list of rescue organizations from all over the country. Visit Petfinder.com and click on “Animal Shelters” at the top of the page.
Some clinics may offer free office exams for first-time customers; check online or your phonebook for coupons and ads. Visit veterinarians.com for a directory of vet offices.
- Discuss with your veterinarian the minimum treatment needed to save your animal’s life.
- Ask other area clinics how much they normally charge for a similar treatment. Costs can vary widely from clinic to clinic. Visit veterinarians.com for a directory of vet clinics.
- Apply for CareCredit, a credit card specifically for healthcare expenses.
- Contact local animal shelters and rescue organizations for leads to low-cost clinics and/or help with fundraising. Petfinder.com has a comprehensive list of rescue organizations from all over the country. Visit Petfinder.com and click on “Animal Shelters” at the top of the page.
- Ask for loans from your family and friends.
- If the animal is a purebred, contact that breed’s enthusiast club in your area.
See our fundraising ideas for more suggestions.
Yes, we can consider any treatment done on or after the day an application is submitted. Please do not delay treatment because you are waiting for our response. Due to the high volume of applications, priority goes to situations where a grant will make the difference between an animal receiving treatment and not.
The program only accepts requests for help through our online application. If you do not have Internet access, you can:
- ask a family member, friend or neighbor for help
- ask your veterinary clinic to submit on your behalf
- go to a library with free Internet access
You do not need ongoing Internet access to apply.
You can expect to receive a response via e-mail or phone within one to two business days of submitting your application. Often, but not always, we can respond within the same business day the application was submitted. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
Please be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your “safe senders” or “friends” e-mail list to ensure our response is not diverted to your spam folder. If you do not hear from us within two business days, please contact us to check the status of your application.
The program offers assistance to a variety of companion animals including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits and guinea pigs.
No, the program cannot help with treatment that has already been completed. RedRover Relief Urgent Care Grants are intended to help animals who have not yet received treatment.
RedRover Relief Urgent Care Grants are typically around $200. Grants are intended to fill a small funding gap that is preventing an animal from getting the urgent care that they need..
RedRover Relief Safe Escape Grants help with the cost of pet boarding for situations involving domestic violence and vary in amount depending on the individual need. See RedRover Relief Domestic Violence Resources for more information.
The RedRover Relief Program offers two different types of grants for individuals. Please complete the application that best fits your situation:
- RedRover Relief Urgent Care Grant: if you are applying for your personal pet or recently rescued animal (for example, an animal you found in crisis, are fostering or adopted from a shelter).
- RedRover Relief Safe Escape Grant: if you are a domestic violence case worker applying on behalf of a client who has an animal in need of veterinary care or boarding because of a situation involving domestic abuse.
Please read the detailed eligibility guidelines for any of the above grant types for more information about eligibility.
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