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What I want to do

increase love and beauty in life for all beings.

What matters to me

Kindness and compassion

What inspires me

all the people doing good things to help others and especially animals.

Sacramento, CA USA


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RedRover
May 29, 2013

On my home from work in August 2010, I encountered two guys trying to catch a small black chihuahua. It was around midnight and very dark. You could barely see the dog and it was running scared and very fast. I joined the chase. We were in cars and would stop, get out and try to corner the dog, but it kept getting around us. Finally, after about 30 minutes of pursuit, we threw a sweatshirt over the dog on someone's front porch and nabbed it. I tried to hand over the bundle to the guys, but they said it wasn't their dog and that they were just trying to catch it so it wouldn't get run over in the dark. They didn't want it. We already had four dogs and knew my husband would freak if I came home with yet another rescue, but what could I do? I took the little dog home and noticed she had a large mass like thing on her lower abdomen. Despite extensive attempts to find out if she belonged to anyone or had escaped, no one came forward. When she came into heat, I concluded that she had likely been used for breeding, but could no longer do so due to the large mass and was dumped by the side of the freeway. Three months after her capture, I took her to see a veterinarian. It was determined that the mass was actually a large hernia. The surgery to repair it and neuter her was expensive and I couldn't afford it, so I began looking for help. United Animal Nations, now known as RedRover provided a grant to help pay for the surgery and gave me ideas on how to raise the rest of the funds. I was able to get a special credit card deal to pay for the rest of the veterinary charges. I named her Roo and now she is part of our furry family. I am eternally grateful for RedRover's help and financial assistance. I love little Roo and am so happy that RedRover was there to help when no one else would. My son and I attended a RedRover event in 2011 when they changed their name and it was fabulous fun!

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more money and recognition so they can do more.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Client Served

RedRover
August 25, 2011

One night after work, I found a little Chihuahua dog running wild and lost near the freeway and managed to capture her with some degree of difficulty. She had a large protruding mass on her underside. After making major attempts over a 3 month period to find out if she belonged to anyone, it seemed pretty clear that she was probably used for breeding and when she no longer could, dumped and abandoned. I took her to a vet for examination and it was determined that she had a large hernia requiring expensive surgery. I already had 3 dogs and a bunny all of whom were rescues. The California State budget crisis had impacted me with furloughs equal to a 10% pay cut also. I tried to find a way to get assistance for the surgery, but no one would help. I applied for a grant to United Animal Nations, now known as RedRover. They were so kind and graciously supplied a grant of $200 toward the veterinary care needed. I was able to apply for a 0% interest for one year credit card to pay for the rest of the cost. I am extremely grateful for their help and forever indebted to them. It may not seem like a big amount of money, but for me, it made a world of difference. The little dog, Roo, is now a happy and content member of our family and part of the pack. Her surgery went well and she made a complete recovery.
When UAN announced their name change to RedRover, they held an event here in Sacramento that I attended. I got to meet many others who had been helped by them as well. It was a wonderful event and the volunteers and staff were some of the nicest people I've ever met. Please endorse RedRover in the GREAT Nonprofits as a Top-Rated Animal Welfare organization.

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

obtaining financial assistance toward veterinary care that was needed for a rescued dog.

Ways to make it better...

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

let more people know how wonderful RedRover is and hope that others will contribute and support this great group of caring people.

More feedback

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Searching online for help from animal welfare organizations.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

RedRover inspired compassion and hope when I couldn't find any others who would help.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I applied for a grant to help defray the cost of surgery for an abandoned dog.