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RedRover

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: RedRover focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the human-animal bond through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education.

Target demographics: Animals in crisis

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 2,700 animals in crisis. In 2018, we deployed RedRover Responders volunteers to help more than 2,100 animals, including those affected by Hurricane Michael and the Camp Fire. In 2018, we also helped save the lives of more than 675 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 is a unique story-based classroom curriculum that helps children, aged 5 to 11 years old, understand the emotional states of others and develop empathy skills, skills which are linked to the prevention of violence. This empathy-based approach builds a stronger connection to animals and may help prevent cruelty and neglect. Through this program RedRover has expanded this concept and has released two innovative digital books with built-in games in their E-Books for Empathy project, The Restricted Adventures of Raja. Download these apps at no charge in the Apple Store, Google Play and Amazon.

Community Stories

584 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

RedRover helped my daughter with covering care for her Guinea Pig, Chibs, who had a large cyst on his hindquarter. His incision healed well and his fur is growing back already. He is healthy and happy again!

1 Jenny C.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Proud to be on the board of this awesome organization rescuing animals, helping kids connect with the animals and creating safe spaces for domestic violence survivors with their pets. Check out #purpleleashproject

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the manager of a kennel In michigan (The Lodge for Pampered Pets) Red Rover helped to cover the cost of boarding for a client in a women's shelter, and they were a delight to work with!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to RedRover relief we where able to give our loving dog Harley a fighting chance. He had a baseball size mass on his spleen, which required him to have his entire spleen removed. This picture was taken 2 days after surgery. We are beyond grateful for RedRover relief.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My guinea Pig Oreo’s life was saved thanks to the Red Rover Relief Foundation. Oreo had a golf ball size mass/tumor on her lower front area that was affecting her mobility and overall her quality of life and surgery was her only option for treatment. If she didn’t have the surgery, the ending result wouldn’t of been good. Oreo came into our family’s life in December of 2014 and she has brought pure joy to our family so when we learned that she wouldn’t be with us much longer if she didn’t have the surgery we were crushed. As we all know, surgery is an expensive procedure and my being the only one working supporting a house of six we were unsure how we were going to come up with the funds. I began researching on the internet in hopes that I would find someone to help us save Oreo’s life and I came across Red Rover Relief Foundation. I filled out the financial assistance application and our prayers were answered. They assisted us with almost half of the bill and our Oreo is once again a happy, active guinea pig thanks to the Red Rover Relief Foundation. They saved Oreo’s life and we are beyond grateful for their support and being there in our time of need. The picture of just Oreo is her before her surgery and the one of my son and her is her after her surgery.

1 Pooh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, this has to be the most rewarding organization I have joined where I truly feel part of the team. We come together in an emergency and truly bond as a group of dedicated volunteers. I have met members who are committed, positive, supportive, and are there to lend a hand or a leash ! Who wouldn't want to volunteer for RedRover !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Charlotte, an 8yr old English chocolate lab, was abandoned on a hot day in June with no food or water. Hanging from her right side was a 3.5 pound pedestal tumor that impeded her ability to walk easily. She ended up at the shelter I volunteer at and a plea for funds to help with her surgery went out to our shelter community. While I pursued grant monies for her, I knew more could be done to soothe this sweet girl, so I offered to foster her and take care of her after her surgery. RedRover responded quickly to Charlotte's situation and graciously went far beyond what was hoped for - Charlotte has had surgery and now walks normally and is free of the burdens forced upon her through medical neglect and criminal abuse. She is not a run-a-way, but clearly a house dog who is people oriented, gentle, and sweetly innocent. Thank you, RedRover for valuing her life and for helping me to help her.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My best friend Tyson had abscess tooth that snuck up on us very fast,we didn't have all the money right away.hes a older boxer and a great dog,red rover stepped in with a awesome donation ,laurall was so great with her care and help,also geisert animal also did such a great job as always he's doing great after surgery we will always donate to a place like red rover

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My cat Smokey got crystals in his bladder, and I couldn't afford the cost for surgery at his current vet. RedRover gave me recommendations to find more affordable vets AND sent $250 so I could afford his surgery.
Had I not found their website I would have had to let Smokey go, so please share the site or donate if you can.

1 Cinnamon H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My baby 1yr old pitbull Daisy was hit by a car I was short $300.00 short for her live saving treatment. Red Rover came thought with a generous donation to save our beloved pet. My 5 boys and I are overwhelmed with emotions and we are overtly thankful for you all. Thanks and God bless

1 Sherri L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was on my first deployment recently with Red Rover in Madison, NJ. The experience was one of the most amazing of my life. We were kept busy and informed every step of the way. I was pleasantly surprised by how smoothly every single thing went. Great team leaders, great organization and awesome volunteers. I would definitely do this with them again in a heartbeat. I learned so much along the way as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t thank RedRover enough for how they helped our family. We had 2 dogs already when my daughter saved a stray from getting hit by a car. She brought her home and she was in bad condition. All matted, had ticks, hungry etc. In the process of looking for her owners we took her to the vet to get shots, flea and tick prevention and a well check so she could be around our other dogs. No one came forward as her owner and we loved her so much already that she became part of our family. We named her Baker :). Baker had a hernia that needed to be fixed.
Recently, I unexpectedly got laid off. Needless to say, money was tight. I reached out to Red Rover and they immediately replied and thankfully they were able to help assist with the costs of Bakers surgery. We are so very appreciative, and words alone cannot express our gratitude. This is a wonderful organization and our family feels so blessed that they were able to make Baker’s surgery possible. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you RedRover!
Sincerely,
Des Miller

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Rover saved Bullitt's life, without them I would have lost my precious boy. He unexpectedly got sick with pneumonia and was on the verge of dying, Red Rover paid for his hospital stay to get him back to my sweet, baby boy. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2017 and Bullitt wouldn't let me stay in bed and be swallowed by depression. It broke my heart not being able to help him when he was in need, Red Rover helped me with that. I will be forever grateful to them for saving my precious boy.

1 Caspa C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Rover saved my dog's life. My dog Nala is our second child. Nala snuck off and got pregnant. But when she went to have her pup one got lodged in her canal. I didn't have the money what so ever to handle the expensive surgery she needed to live. Red Rover helped with more then they can normally even afford, I cannot express my gratitude enough to this organization. Thank you so much. When I can afford a donation it goes to you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My little rescue dog Sunshine was extremely ill and plagued with 5 bladder stones which were particularly large blocking most of her urinary tract. She also had a severe bladder infection.

She shivered and moaned with pain and was in urgent need of antibiotics and required open bladder surgery.

I was heartbroken to see her in such pain. She means the world to me. She is a very bright spirit deserving of her name Sunshine.

She's been my companion helping me through many difficult times, recovering from multiple cancers, surgeries, and radiation treatments. Sunshine is always by my side sharing her unconditional love and devotion.

My only income was Social Security and I have very little to go around so I borrowed whatever money as possible to take her to an all-night emergency-care-center. That was when I learned she required much more treatment and surgery.

With what little money I had at the time I was only able to start antibiotic treatments.

Being devasted and feeling so much of a failure to my devoted Sunshine, a kind member of the emergency center's staff provided me with a list of organizations who may have funds available or grants to help people like me who have fallen through the cracks. That small piece of paper became my hope. Little did I know that this piece of paper was Sunshines lifeline for her survival.

I started to follow the information as carefully as possible. I contacted the Red Rover Organization and actually was able to talk to loving and caring individuals who made me feel as if I was someone special, someone, they cared about. I wasn't made to feel like just another poor person asking for a handout.

Red Rover is an extremely well-organized, Non-For-Profit organization. Their staff is kind, thoughtful and very well trained. They asked me to tell my story about little Sunshine and why she should be given this chance for a financial gift towards her surgery. They also wanted to see pictures of my little girl. They really cared about her and they wanted to be part of her story. I was feeling so blessed to have them in my life if for nothing else but for their support and comfort.

After I completed a very thorough application process, Red Rover process my request with great diligence. I was very impressed with their research fact-checking my information making sure we were who we said we were. They checked with the emergency center and also with the surgeon who was standing -by and prepared to do everything possible to save Sunshine's life.

Within a few days, I was approved for a handsome gift as part of the funding for the surgery as long as I continued to find other financial resources.

If it wasn't for their help little Sunshine would not have had her surgery and this very special loving dog would not be in my arms as I write this letter to you.

I had a hole in my heart and thank God to all the people who devote their time to organizations such as Red Rover who open their hearts to people like me.

Sunshines's operation was a success and she's running and playing again. She's still healing and I'm the happiest lady alive thanks to Red Rover. They made Sunshine and I feel very special.

To anyone reading this letter please support this organization and please do everything you can to spread the word so they can continue to help people like me and man's best friends like Sunshine. They can only do this as long as they have generous financial resources from caring people who can donate their time and money to help the needy and so they may continue saving lives of our loving & homeless pets.


1 Mary Beth R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Mitchell. He had a huge cancerous tumor on his lower jaw. It came about quickly, and I was unprepared for the costs of all the tests and surgery.
Red Rover assisted with costs to help me get Mitchell his surgery.
They are an excellent kind, caring organization for all they do.
Literally a lifesaver for Mitchell and I.
He is my emotional support dog and I'm so happy he is on the road to recovery.
Thank you Red Rover.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Zane, my son, is eleven years old and has Behcet's Disease. Corbin is his two year old service dog. Corbin provides mobility assistance and medication detection. In the fall, Corbin's leg was severely cut. He was taken to the vet immediately. However, Corbin's leg did not heal correctly. He needed a major and expensive surgery at Virginia Tech to fix the problem. Zane's father is a disabled veteran, and I teach school. An expensive surgery was beyond our abilities. That's where Red Rover stepped in. Although we live in West Virginia and Red Rover is in California, they were willing to help. They paid for all of Corbin's surgery and follow-up care. Laurel was amazing--so friendly and helpful! They have given my son his "legs" back. I do not know what we would have done without the help from Red Rover.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a truly excellent organization! The person I worked with was SO nice, and the process moved very quickly and efficiently. During the process, I unfortunately had to change veterinarians, which was sad and difficult, but Red Rover handled the change and the new situation with ease, and kindness. I have worked in and volunteered for several non-profits, and Red Rover is the best one I have encountered. They even have awareness and problem prevention programs! Red Rover made a profound difference in our lives - in the life of my cat, Charlotte, and in mine.

1 Evelyn A.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words honestly can not describe my gratefulness. They got back to me the same day and were so helpful and supportive. I could tell how much they cared. My kitty's life was saved because of their kindness and generosity. I am forever grateful.

1 Jess A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We needed money for our little Hime's mid-femoral amputation as she was born conjoined. The vet told us the longer we wait, the worse it would be for her. We filled in an application to Red Rover and they responded immediately with enthusiasm to help. Hime is a huge part of our family and she brings our household and our friends joy. Red Rover stepped in and helped us and now she will be getting the surgery she needs to prolong her life and make it so she doesn't need to keep taking meds to keep her infection at bay. THANK YOU SO MUCH.