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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, International, International Relief, Scouting

Mission: RedRover, formerly United Animal Nations (UAN), focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education.

Target demographics: animals in crisis

Direct beneficiaries per year: nearly 2,000 animals in crisis. In 2013, we deployed RedRover Responders volunteers to help more than 1,300 animals, including those affected by the tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma. In 2013, we also helped save the lives of more than 650 animals by awarding financial grants to help Good Samaritans, pet owners, animal rescuers and victims of domestic violence care for animals in life-threatening situations

Geographic areas served: U.S. and Canada

Programs: Through RedRover Responders, we shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises, such as criminal seizures and hoarding cases. The RedRover Relief program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers, pet owners and victims of domestic violence to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations. The RedRover Readers program helps children explore the bond between people and animals through stories and discussion. Volunteers visit elementary school classrooms, after-school programs, animal shelters and other venues to read to children and lead discussions -- helping children develop critical thinking skills and empathy.

Community Stories

491 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Chloes_Mom

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chloe is even more than an absolutely amazing dog!!! She is my everything. Since she started living with me last July I am actually enjoying life, which is something I thought I would never be able to do again after losing my only child on November 26, 2014. My Jenna was only 35 years old.

My daughter was everything to me. We were so close so when she died suddenly, my heart was shredded. I was searching for my purpose in life because I thought my daughter was my purpose. So through a lot of time, professional counseling, family, and friends; I believed I have found my purpose, a shared passion of my daughter and I, and that is helping other people and animals.

I started volunteering at local domestic violence organization because I am a domestic violence survivor but my daughter was not. This particular shelter is also in the process of building a pet shelter on location for the domestic violence victims’ pets.

One day a young woman and her eight year old son came in when I was volunteering at a receptionist. They were both very upset and they told me how they were heartbroken because they had just adopted a Chug, (Chihuahua/Pug) named Chloe from their Reverend who is suffering from Cancer. They only had her for a week and a half and they had to return her to the Reverend. They were crying and telling me what a godsend she was and how happy she made them feel. I told them I just happened to just get my letter from my therapist saying I can have an emotional support dog live with me and I had just started looking.

The mother gave me the contact information for the Reverend and I met Chloe the next day. It was instant love. The Reverend kept all her records, gave us her bed, toys, food, etc. He was the nicest man and he was heartbroken to have to find Chloe a new home because he couldn't care for her anymore. She was his watchdog while he went through treatments and he told us how she even saved his life when his heart stopped beating while he was sleeping.

Chloe immediately fit in perfect at my house. She seemed in great health even though she was over eight years old, was a bit overweight, and she had horrible breath but I couldn't have dreamed of a more loving dog. She comes to snuggle with me whenever I am feeling depressed, anxious, or panicked. She calms me down and she makes me laugh. She helps me get out of the house and she gives me unconditional love that I was so needing.

A few weeks ago Chloe and I reunited with the women and her son and the Reverend. Chloe totally remembered them and they all had a great time, especially the little boy. Everyone was smiling and laughing, and there was a little crying as well.

So you can see what an amazing dog Chloe is. She is way more than a dog, there is something very special about her!!! Chloe seems like a loving, caring, and funny person behind those big brown eyes. She has been a lifesaver to me, the woman and her son, and to the Reverend who is fighting Cancer.

I knew that Chloe had really bad breath but I had no idea how bad her teeth were. My Chloe has been diagnosed with Level 4 Dental Disease after I took her to two local vets recently who offered free first visits. Their estimates for cleaning and pulling teeth that can't be saved were from $760 to $1,380.

I then took Chloe to another vet that came highly recommended through a good friend named Lisa. They were so nice and much more affordable. I didn’t have enough money other than her office visit along with fecal and blood tests since I still haven’t been able to work even part-time yet.

I started a GoFundMe and FaceBook account for Chloe. Since I had little time to raise the money, I also did some research online where I found RedRover.org. RedRover helps with vet costs to those in need and also help domestic violence victims escape with their pets. They seemed like a great organization because there is so much need for victims. I personally stayed with my abuser for many years mainly because of my pets and I know others who have done the same. Most domestic violence shelters do not have accommodations for victims’ pets.

RedRover seemed like an organization I would love to be part of in the future when I get back on my feet. Until then I needed their help so I applied immediately. Within minutes of completing the application online and emailing proof of income or lack there of, a kind spoken woman named Laurel called me. She worked diligently with the animal hospital and within just a few short days, she called and said they approved my grant to pay the majority of Chloe’s surgery, which is scheduled tomorrow morning.

I can’t thank or speak highly enough of RedRover.org!!! They have given Chloe and I more quality time together and I am forever in their debt!!!

Wendy170

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello! My sweet little fur baby, TWIGGY, became sick a few weeks ago and we were not sure what was wrong. She was unable to keep her food and liquids down, thus becoming weak and lethargic. So, like any parent of a pet, we took her to see the Dr. She had blood work and X-rays to see what might be the problem. Unbeknownst to us she had some foreign object in her stomach causing a blockage. We were then told if we did not get surgery done (ASAP) it would soon lodge itself and cause her to slowly die. This is not what we wanted to hear as she is a big part of our family. We were so upset and concerned on how we were going to go forward with this surgery. Thankfully our Vet told us of places that helped those in need to save their beloved fur babies. We contacted Red Rover and shared our story, they were so quick to respond and to try and help us as best they could. We were so fortunate to get help from Red Rover so we could save our sweet TWIGGY. She has had her surgery and is home recovering very well I might add, she is back to wagging her tail and having that upbeat and outgoing personality! Thank You Red Rover for your help we appreciate your kindness. We can all grow old together and continue to have wonderful, fun and exciting adventures with our sweet TWIGGY GIRL!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My minion, Victoria, got seriously injured, and needed surgery. I am a 60 ur old disabled female, and provide for a full house of babies... 7 cats and 3 dogs.
I took Victoria to the emergency vet, and was given a 600 estimate. I could not afford it
I took her to Sheridan Vet Clinic, who are amazing and got good and bad news. The surgery there is half of the other estimate, however Victoria needs a second surgery.. A mastectomy.
Thru the grace of Red Rover, I am able to keep my baby healthy. She is scheduled for Monday, the 27th if Feb.
I have a lump in my throat just thinking about the kindness and how much it means.
I am so grateful and appreciative you so much.
Sincerely,
Rebecca Smith

Dreama D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 13 year old Kitty Trouble has stomatitis so bad he can't even eat watered down baby food. I contacted RedRover for assistance helping pay for it....They have been wonderful with a $200. grant and my baby goes tomorrow to the vet. It's so wonderful and it only took a few days. Marvellous group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When illness hits our four legged kids, it can be horrible. This happened recently to my sweetheart Pomeranian Charlie. I literally could not sleep, eat or function because he was diagnosed with pancreatitis. The money to have him cared for by the vet was so immense. I didn't know where to turn. I came across RedRover and what a blessing this organization has been! I thought, this is a shot in the dark. I filled out the forms online and the next day I received a phone call from them. Laurel was the angel who I spoke with on the phone. She was kind, empathetic and sincerely wanted to help. She(RedRover) worked with my vet and I was given some financial aid in this crisis. Because of this wonderful organization, my little guy got the help he needed. God used Laurel to discern when and how to help us and it is something I will never forget. Thank you RedRover for being a light in a dark time. This is an organization that I will tell many to support because it gives hope to those of us that need it!

missygirl65

Client Served

Rating: 5

Buddy having dental work done tomorrow, he will start to feel better after, thank you RedRover for helping Buddy, thank you very much,, Jeanette

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My grandmother had a dream when animals gets really they need our help to save the animals from the virus and getting sick from the cold what can we do with the animals we to team up to save the animals with monster faith is our kind of animals, snakes, and even cats,dogs,and animals from the zoo and monster faith is her dream to save the animals from the sickness join us now to save the animals from getting sick help us now monster faith helps us thank you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shamrock, our 11 year old Spring Spaniel and just the sweetest baby, was originally rescued from Hurricane Katrina with her sister, Clover. After waiting 18 months to see if their family would be found , I was finally able to adopt them. I took extra care with their health as Shamrock always had something: stomach issues, cherry eye, small benign tumors. But even being diligent and getting regular health check-ups didn't prevent Clover from dying in 2015 from liver cancer. So I now have Shamrock tested every few months, but even all that couldn't have prepared me for her bleeding from the mouth. An emergency vet visit resulted in her needing surgery to remove a lump the size of a tootsie roll pop from the back of her tongue. Problem was she was diagnosed on Saturday and operated on first thing Monday morning, so most places that might have helped said no because the surgery had already happened. But not Rachel at RedRover! She understood my predicament and immediately came to my aid for Shamrock. As we await the biopsy reports I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to RedRover that Shamrock's care is not totally dictated by finances, which mine are so limited now due to Social Security which barely covers regular expenses. After the surgery Shamrock needed to be kept 2 nights to watch for excessive bleeding. Thanks to RedRover we didn't think about leaving her and the added expenses! Red Rover may have may for shamrock , a real lifesaver!

Shawna L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our furbaby April Joy was on the brink of death and in desperate need of surgury to remove a foreign object removed from her stomach. We are so thankful to RedRover for granting us with a part of the money we desperately needed in order to save her life. My girl is up running around playing and talking again. Yes April talks when spoken to. its hillarious. i wouldnt trade her for the world. Thank you RedRover.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We noticed that our 12 year old cat began urinating all over the house and making weird noises. He's a male; he's not pregnant! What the heck is going on? Did some research and he seemed to have the symptoms described of a UTI. Bought him some o-t-c holistic meds with the hopes of seeing improvements. He's a laid-back, social little guy! But, hiding under the bed and seeing him lay at his water bowl convinced us to take him to Overland Pet Vet then immediately to Access LA. Our cuddly companion was suffering from an enlarged bladder due to stones not being able to release. While Access has great staff and service, the bill can get quite expensive, especially considering this was an "out-of-the-blue" situation. Our baby is very agile and has always displayed health, surprising the vet every time we took him for check-ups. He's an older cat and has so much life. Well, we found out that he needed a PU Surgery or we'd need to euthanize him if you can't pay the fee. We'd already paid $3500 to Access and they wanted another $5000! WHAT?! (Wow...money is more valuable than a life - no matter it is an animal). Really baffled me how people's thought processes are. We took a few deep breaths and silent moments to align ourselves and the answer came! Let's search for people who donate for situations like this. RedRover was amongst one of the many reach-outs. Through another giver, we found Huntington Pet Vet, took our little guy there for the PU Surgery at a much inexpensive price with good care. And, WAH-LAH! Our donations flooded in - RedRover being one of those donations. Thank you, RedRover for your giving hearts. Our guy is back to health with his vital energy being expressed!