Safe Escape grants
The RedRover Relief Safe Escape grant program helps families with pets safely escape domestic violence together. Funding is mainly provided to help with the cost of temporary pet boarding while a client is in a domestic violence shelter, though other costs associated with boarding (like vaccinations) can be considered. Assistance does not typically cover pet boarding once the client has moved from the safe house into transitional housing.
Grant applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Grants are awarded based upon several factors, including: urgency, financial need, and available funding. Applications must be submitted online by a domestic violence advocate, and a response via e-mail or by phone will be provided within one business day.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and need immediate assistance:
Steps to Apply
Read the eligibility guidelines below to make sure the situation meets our grant guidelines.
For the safety of the client, applications must be submitted by a domestic violence shelter representative on behalf of the client.
The program is unable to respond to requests by email, phone, fax, or mail.
- Live in the United States and be actively working with a domestic violence shelter. They should be either currently staying at, or have plans to stay at, a domestic violence shelter.
- Provide regular updates to domestic violence agency representative regarding pets
Domestic Violence Advocate Responsibilities
- Establish a plan for how the animal’s needs can be met. Work with the client to contact a boarding kennel and/or veterinary clinic and obtain a written estimate for services needed – i.e. vaccinations, boarding, veterinary care. RedRover cannot provide this information to you as we do not know what resources are available in your area.
- Obtain permission from the client to release information to RedRover.
- Submit an online application on behalf of the client.
- Contact the kennel and/or veterinarian and request that they provide RedRover with both an initial written estimate and a final invoice. Our assistance may be limited depending on cost of boarding and number of animals.
- Provide regular updates on the client’s situation if requested.
RedRover may cover the cost of vaccinations that are needed for the animal to enter boarding.
RedRover will make payment to the kennel and/or veterinarian once care is complete and RedRover has received a final invoice. Kennels and veterinarians must be willing to provide a Form W-9 (for tax purposes) if grants exceed $600 in a calendar year.
RedRover cannot help if any of the following apply:
- The boarding has already been completed and we are being asked to pay the bill.
- The client is not currently in a domestic violence safe house or working with a domestic violence advocate toward entering a domestic violence safe house. Assistance does not typically cover pet boarding once the client has moved from the safe house into transitional housing.
- The boarding will be provided by an individual, not a kennel or veterinarian. This includes pet sitting services.
- The domestic violence shelter has received a RedRover Safe Housing grant and has their own pet program.
Our business hours are 8:30 - 4:30 Pacific time, Monday - Friday. Applications submitted outside of these hours will be reviewed by our case managers as soon as possible the next business day. We review applications in the order they are received, and try to reply within 1 business day.
Need additional domestic violence assistance?
Visit RedRover’s resource page for other sources of grant funding for DV shelters and resources for DV survivors.