Redrover

Rating: 4.94 stars   373 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth, International

Location: PO Box 188890 Sacramento CA 95818 USA

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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I just recently completed a deployment to Kern County with UAN/EARS. The experience from beginning to end was a good one. As a volunteer in animal rescue situations, the key is to have an excellent support system, whether it be advanced training, on-site communication about changing conditions or dealing with difficult emotional situations. Throughout, I found the UAN/EARS volunteers and staff both were highly trained and provided the support I needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I witnessed rescued cats' and dogs' mental and physical health improve as a result of UAN/EARS sheltering and care. I am aware of many Lifeline Grants that UAN awards and understand that many animals' lives have been changed for the better as a result.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

participating in a group effort to aid animals in distress.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly trained and knowledgeable. All were willing to share that knowledgeable to those of us less skilled.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a big impact on eliminating situations in which animals experience cruelty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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RedRover (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for your kind words and for helping the animals in Kern County, Heidi!

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I first became of aware of UAN/EARS after Hurricane Katrina. They played a vital role in the wellfare of displaced animals by sheltering until permanent arrangements could be made. I attended a training class with UAN/EARS the following year so that I could assist when needed and available. The services that they offer are vital to the safety and well being of our animals. With UAN/EARS being able to step in and shelter large numbers of animals on short notice legal authorities are able to step up and take action against animal cruelty, hoarding and puppy mills in their areas. Without UAN/EARS many of these legal authorities would not act because they do not have the persnonnel or services to care for the animals post seizure. UAN/EARS also protects people and animals after natural disasters by sheltering and keeping the animals off the streets and out of danger.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have volunteered with UAN/EARS on three deployments; Beaumont, TX in an animal shelter after Hurricane Ike; sheltering dogs after a puppy mill seizure in Ft. Worth, TX and sheltering dogs after a hoarding seizure in MS. UAN is a professional group with very few paid employees and a base of trained volunteers across the country that respond to animal disasters, whether they are man made or natural. Due to the training provided and the organization and systems in place they are able to respond quickly and efficiently to animal disasters and provide important sheltering services to animals that are in limbo between disaster and resolution. The resolution may be returning the animals to owners, sheltering during criminal proceedings and/or sheltering until adoption, rescue or foster homes can be arranged. The safety, health and security of the animals cared for is always primary to the organization and volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The system and training they have in place is excellent and works well, I do think they would benefit from additional training classes and recruitment of more active volunteers but I understand the financial and logistical restrictions.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to assist in the welfare of animals after disasters and help send them on to a better future. Many times the animals are sick, malnourished and unsocialized and it's very personally fulfilling to make a difference in their lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very diverse from all walks of life and geographic locations with varying levels of animal handling experience. Everyone always gets along well and we learn from each other while making lifelong friendships.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more animals, recruit more volunteers and assist with some and/or more of the volunteer travel expenses. Many of us are limited to deployments within driving distance and can not respond by air travel if our services are needed.

Ways to make it better...

my services weren't needed at all but unfortunately there will always be disasters, either natural or man made that put our animals in danger.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial limitations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm very proud to be affiliated with UAN/EARS and I'm proud of the services they provide; emergency sheltering, life line grants to individuals in need, education to children and adults.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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RedRover (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for taking the time to write this detailed, review, Connie! We appreciate you being part of UAN's Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) volunteer team and helping animal victims of natural disasters and neglect.

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

United Animal Nations is a terrific nonprofit. With a small and very dedicated and efficient staff, and thousands of volunteers, they deploy personnel to create and manage emergency animals shelters during natural disasters or for animals rescued in connection with criminal proceedings. They typically partner with another larger nonprofit, such as Humane Society of the United States, which retains EARS to create and run the emergency shelter. The work is very rewarding, and UAN is great to its volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing animals arrive with medical and socialization issues and improve during the course of just 7-10 days.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing animals, who arrived at the shelter after a life of abuse, leave the shelter for a good future. This is the most rewarding volunteer work I've ever done.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

A very diverse group, but all sharing one thing: passion for the welfare of animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay for the airfare for volunteers to travel to the deployments, and give millions as lifeline grants to people whose animal companions need medical care that they cannot afford.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

UAN first came to my attention after they sheltered over hundred dogs rescued from a puppy mill. I was interested immediately and looked for them online to learn more. Their website showed me all the ways UAN works to help animals and the people who love them. They reach out to youngsters through reading programs such as HEAR (Humane Education Ambassador Readers). UAN offers money for emergency veterinary services through Lifeline grants. I liked that they serve a broad range of animals in need. They work for livestock as well as pets. It was their emergency animal rescue service (EARS) that really piqued my interest, so much so that I took their training to be part of a sheltering team. From what I learned that weekend, it appears that UAN is a highly organized group that performs at a moment's notice to help any animals in need. Be it a storm, earthquake, fire or the neglect of human keepers UAN is ready to step in and comfort the creatures with whom we share our lives. I am happy to support UAN's multiple missions - and - I hope that I never need to use my EARS training in the field.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Comprehensive training to do emergency animal sheltering. Visits to their world HQ in Sacramento where we were welcomed and offered more information on the many services UAN provides. Online notifications of animals in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

UAN needs more PR for their animal sheltering activities.UAN needs to be visible as a valuable partner in rescue.Sheltering is not 'sexy'so it doesn't get shown on TV> Other orgs wrangle critters from rooftops only to have UAN take over in near anonymity.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

extensive education and up-to-date notification about animal welfare.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable, kind and well-prepared.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Educate more of the general population about its services. Train more ready-deployment volunteers to help with local animal sheltering issues.

Ways to make it better...

I could participate more closely with the other programs UAN offers like HEAR.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Anonymity - other animal-centric non-profits have ready name and acronyms recognition. UAN is unheard of among the general population.

One thing I'd also say is that...

while I am ready to deploy in aid of animals in my region - I sincerely hope that nothing goes so wrong, that no person is so neglectful that I and other UAN EARS volunteers will be called upon. It is training I hope I never have to use.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This group is a wonderful, under appreciated group of volunteers who spend their own money to help care for and shelter animals in not only disasters but also rescues and seizures from law enforcement groups. I am proud to be a member of EARS!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a volunteer and working with them at deployments with HSUS NDART

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I was only a volunteer a few years, but was unable to deploy due to my job obligations. However, I was always kept up-to-date and enjoyed seeing where everyone needed to go. Absolutely a great organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the helping out of animal rescue.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the knowledge of their people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always kind, considerate and made everyone feel welcomed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save every animal!

Ways to make it better...

I could have been more involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial. Hard to get donations these days.

One thing I'd also say is that...

these people are the greatest!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

 
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RedRover (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for the review, Darlene. We are sorry you were never able to deploy as an EARS volunteer, but we're glad you are still following our work and supporting UAN!

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

UAN staff and other volunteers are selfless, caring individuals who work quietly and for the most part, out of the limelight to save helpless animals out of cruel and dangerous situations. They work at their own expense, asking nothing more than the opportunity to pave the way to a safer, happier life for animals, one pet at the time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By attending Certification classes, I have been moved sometimes to tears by the accounts of rescue operations by their experienced volunteers, and motivated to do what I can locally and nationally to proudly participate with this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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RedRover (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for your positive feedback, Pat. Volunteers like you are truly the heart and soul of the Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) program!

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This completely changed my outlook on rescue and made me feel like I was making a huge difference in many lives at once. I've learned skills that have made me more adaptable, hardy, smart, and determined. I've pulled those skills into running the local rescue I volunteer with. I've expanded my horizons far beyond where I was before I started this endeavor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the emotional, intellectual, and physical levels by deploying for emergency sheltering operations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hold more volunteer training sessions

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to make a huge difference all at once in so many lives with one deployment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderfully diverse, but all with the same heart-felt love and respect for animals' well-being.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge impact on animal care philosophy in our country.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer or or deployed more often instead of working at my blah normal job.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the huge demand that cruel people create by their actions.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if you care enough to volunteer for a rescue, working with UAN will triple that incentive you feel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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RedRover (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for the review, Brian. We sure appreciate the expertise and compassion you have brought to our EARS deployments!

Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I attended their training in 2007 and had several opportunities to deploy. Finally all was alligned to allow me to deploy last week. From the moment you respond you are available, you have someone you may reach out to with questions. They direct you to an area on their website with helpful information about deployments. They have a manual to review. Once you arrive at the designated location, there is someone to direct you. Considering the circumstances, they are very organized. They also make decisions that are best for the animals, which is important. This orgnaization really appears to have the drill down to perfection and works well with other organizations. I was proud to be affiliated with them. I also learned about the other areas they help such as their H.E.A.R.S. PROGRAM, and their Lifeline program. Lifeline not only helps to pay for emergency vet bills, but I learned they help victims of domestic violence that need help with their pets.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Emergency Animal Sheltering of over a hundred dogs, a # of cats, mice, rats, doves, and chickens. Dogs varied in size from ~ 2lbs- to well over 150 lbs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

really had no major issues.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping the animals, however knowing there are other parts of the organization that help people with animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, kind, patient, and accepting. You go to "thing" not knowing a soul, and leave crying becuase you are leaving friends that you feel you have known forever.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Oh, it could do so much. I believe the HEARS program which teaches our young empathy is a very important piece. If we teach our young to respect all living creatures what a better world this would be.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing the organization could do better it's due to 99% are volunteers, & volunteers do this in between their real jobs, you always have many people with big hearts, but on a learning curve. I was one of them, but we are good!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Right now the economy. Demand is up, but I have to assume like all other non-profits, donations down.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If I could get paid to do this, I would be doing it 24/7. I left there feeling like I was leaving the place I was supposed to be.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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RedRover (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for your kind words, Brenda. We’re glad you were able to deploy recently and that it was a good experience for you!

We noticed that you rated us 4/5 stars. Is there anything we can do to improve and receive 5 stars? We would love to hear suggestions!

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

It was my first deployment for United Animal Nations. I did not know what to expect. What I found was an extremely well organized, well run temporary animal shelter housing over 300 small breed dogs rescued from a puppy mill in North Carolina. All the volunteers were friendly, informative, helpful, and busy! Not too busy, though, to take a break from whatever they were doing to visit with, walk, cuddle, or play with dogs throughout the work day. The hours were long and it is challenging, but everyone was upbeat and excited about the good work that was going on. United Animal Nations is comprised of people who are passionate about what they do and it is contagious! Great organization! Great cause!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Goldsboro, North Carolina puppy mill rescue.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way for them to do more advertising of their classes, their deployments and results of the work they do, just overall more awareness of their existence and their successes.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sense of camaraderie and satisfaction from working with a great group of people on a cause we all felt strongly about.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

self-motivated, focused, dedicated, flexible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue on with its work, but on a much larger scale and to make a dent in the resolution of animal suffering. Educate the public to make a dent in the degree of ignorance that contributes to animal suffering.

Ways to make it better...

I was not limited by my own physical restraints.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

acquiring funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

UAN is a GREAT NONPROFIT!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

 
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RedRover (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Wow, thanks for posting such a positive review, Lisa! We are grateful to have you on our amazing EARS volunteer team.

If anyone wants to read more about the puppy mill rescue Lisa described and see photos, check out our Web site and Emergency Response Blog