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 Housing Animal Shelter Grants

RedRover Relief Safe Housing Animal Shelter grants enable animal shelter or rescue organizations to partner with domestic violence organizations in their community. These grants will allow the shelter or rescue organization to build housing at their facility specifically for animals whose owners are staying at, or receiving services from, a domestic violence organization.

Due to higher than expected demand, the Animal Shelter grant is closed to new applications for 2020. New applications will be accepted in 2021.

Grants of up to $20,000 are offered throughout the United States. Grant funds may be used to pay for building materials and supplies to create dedicated housing for the pets of people staying at, or receiving services from, a domestic violence organization where pets are not allowed. This housing should be offered at no charge to the survivor or domestic violence organization.

For quick answers to the most commonly asked questions, visit our Safe Housing Animal Shelter FAQ page. You can also watch our recorded webinar, Safe Housing grants: How your shelter can help people and pets escape abuse together. While this webinar is geared toward domestic violence shelters it can still provide answers to general questions about the issue of pets and domestic violence.

To request a PDF copy of the RedRover Relief Safe Housing Animal Shelter grant application to use as reference before applying, email us at relief@redrover.org. You can also download this Safe Housing Animal Shelter Budget Template.


  • Applicants must be recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Applicants must be an animal shelter or animal rescue organization with the ability to house animals at their facility (i.e. not solely foster based)
  • Applicants must partner with one or more domestic violence organization (i.e. an organization whose main goal is assisting people affected by domestic violence)
  • Grant funds must be used to build new pet housing, or to renovate or expand existing pet housing to accommodate Safe Housing program pets

Pre-application checklist

Before applying for the grant, organizations/agencies should:

  • Be ready to start their project within 6 months or less
  • Have a detailed project plan and budget
  • Obtain a written partnership agreement with domestic violence organization
  • Identify a veterinary partner, or have the ability to provide veterinary care through their organization
  • Verify their ability to obtain any permits or other authorization needed to complete this project

Ineligible expenditures:

RedRover Relief Safe Housing Animal Shelter grants will not be awarded for: real estate acquisition, general operating costs, travel, salaries, or to support existing programs that are not expanding their physical capacity to house animals.

Safe Housing Animal Shelter Grant Application Process

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Frequently Asked Questions

Read our Safe Housing Animal Shelter FAQ’s for more information.

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