October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Join the Purple Leash Project during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to recognize the critical lack of pet-friendly domestic violence shelters. With your support, we can help people and pets safely escape abuse - and heal - together.

Domestic Violence Safe Escape Grants

The Safe Escape grant program helps families with pets safely escape domestic violence together.

The 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.

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 looking for short-term boarding assistance because of a pet owner’s hospitalization for COVID-19, and not because of domestic violence, please visit our Emergency Boarding grant page for more information and assistance.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and need immediate assistance:

  • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233.
  • View a directory of family violence shelters that have resources for pets: SafePlaceforPets.org

Eligibility 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.

Client Responsibilities

  • 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. For example, contact a boarding kennel and/or veterinary clinic and obtain a written estimate for services needed – i.e. vaccinations, boarding, veterinary care.
  • 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.
  • 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 you need assistance paying the bill.
  • The client is not currently in a domestic violence shelter or working with a domestic violence advocate toward entering a domestic violence shelter.
  • The domestic violence shelter has received a RedRover Safe Housing grant and is providing co-sheltering. 

Safe Escape Grants

Please read the above eligibility guidelines carefully before applying.

Apply Online

Other Resources

Visit RedRover’s Domestic Violence (DV) Resources page for other sources of grant funding for DV shelters and resources for DV victims.

RedRover provides grants to help domestic violence shelters build on-site pet housing, so pets and people who escaped together can stay together.


A directory of local resources for pet owners facing domestic violence.

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