RedRover Relief
Emergency Boarding Grants

We provide financial assistance for pet boarding while pet owners are ill and unable to care for their pets due to the COVID-19 virus.

The RedRover Relief Emergency Boarding grant program helps animals who need temporary boarding while their owners are ill due to the COVID-19 virus. This grant will cover the cost of up to two (2) weeks of boarding while a pet owner is hospitalized, or if the pet owner is recovering at home and unable to care for their pet.

Once an application has been submitted, you can expect to receive a response by email or phone within one business day. Please be sure to check your email for confirmation that your application was submitted, as well as for a response to your application.

NOTE: RedRover recognizes the fluidity of the novel coronavirus pandemic and will continue to follow expert recommendations concerning COVID-19 as it relates to pets.

If you are looking for boarding assistance because of domestic violence, please visit our Safe Escape grant page for more information and assistance.

If you are looking for assistance with urgent/emergency veterinary care, please visit our Urgent Care grant page for more information and assistance.

2 Steps to Apply

Step 01

Read the eligibility guidelines below to make sure the situation meets our grant guidelines.

Review Guidelines

Step 02

If the situation qualifies for a grant, complete the RedRover Relief Emergency Boarding grant application below.

Step 1

Eligibility Guidelines

This is a national program and we will not know what boarding resources are available in your area. Please reach out to local boarding facilities (kennels, veterinarians, animal shelters/humane societies, etc.) to find somewhere reasonably priced before submitting this application. If we determine that the cost of boarding is too high, we may request that you find a lower priced boarding facility or ask the facility for a discount.

  • Establish a plan for how the animal’s needs can be met. For example, will they need boarding, vaccinations, and/or veterinary care? How long are they likely to need boarding? Is there a plan in place if the owner cannot reclaim the pet or will need help beyond what RedRover can provide?
  • Contact the kennel and/or veterinarian and request that they provide RedRover with both a written estimate, and a final invoice once the animal leaves boarding. (Boarding must be done through a business, we cannot pay an individual for boarding.)
  • Submit an online application.
  • There must be a designated contact person on the application other than the pet owner. That designated contact must have permission from the pet owner to make decisions about the animal’s welfare.
  • Provide updates on the pet owner’s situation if requested.
  • Both the applicant and the animal must live in the United States.
  • If a grant is awarded, RedRover will follow up to ask if grant recipients are able to provide updates and photos.

RedRover will cover the cost of vaccinations that are needed for the animal to enter boarding. Any requests for veterinary care beyond vaccinations will be taken on a case-by-case basis as this grant is intended to cover the cost of 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.

Before submitting an application, notify the boarding kennel and/or veterinary clinic that the pet owner is seeking financial assistance and give them permission to release information to RedRover.

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 hospitalized, or in housebound recovery, due to Covid-19.

The program is unable to respond to funding requests by email, phone, fax or mail, all applications must be submitted through this website.

Step 2
Eligible? Start the application process.

Go to step 2

Resources for people and pets affected by COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources

Looking for help with the cost of veterinary care?

If you are looking for help with the cost of veterinary care, and not pet boarding due to COVID-19, take a look at RedRover’s Urgent Care Grant and other financial assistance resources.

Urgent Care Grants
Additional Options