RedRover Relief

Safe Housing grants

RedRover’s Safe Housing grants help survivors of domestic violence by removing a barrier to safety and allowing pets and people to escape abuse together. Flexibility in how to implement your pet program ensures that there is a solution for every community.

Steps to Apply

Grant Information

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 to apply for Safe Housing grants as there are currently no pet-friendly domestic violence shelters in this state.


Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit 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. Learn more >

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 our 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.

  • Applicants must be registered as a nonprofit organization.
  • Applicants must be either an established domestic violence organization or an established animal organization interested in expanding their services to help domestic violence survivors keep their pets.
  • Applicants must have a partner organization. Domestic violence organizations must form a partnership with at least one animal organization, animal organizations must form a partnership with at least one domestic violence organization.

RedRover Safe Housing grants cannot be used for:

Costs including, but not limited to...

  • Salaries.
  • Training.
  • Real estate acquisition.
  • Promotional materials or advertising.
  • To support existing programs that are not expanding their capacity to help animals.
  • To start a new organization, all grants must be submitted by established organizations.
  • Be ready to start their program within 12 months or less.
  • Have a detailed program plan and budget.
  • Obtain a written Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with your partner organization. This should detail the responsibilities of both parties and not simply be a statement of mutual aid.
  • Identify a veterinary partner, or have the ability to provide veterinary care through their organization.
  • Ensure that the program meets all relevant animal ordinances and laws, if housing pets.
  • Verify their ability to obtain any permits or other authorization needed, if building or renovating
  • Have already spoken with a contractor or other relevant person and received detailed estimates for any building or renovation, if applicable.

The deadlines for submitting a Safe Housing grant application are
March 1st, June 1st, and September 1st.


Applications may be submitted at any time, but will not be reviewed until those dates. Funding decisions will be made within 45 days of the application deadlines.

September 1 deadline extended to Wednesday, September 7.

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