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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

570 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Jessica_Belue

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Rover Relief and the person I corresponded with Nancy are just heaven sent miracle workers! My senior cat Belue experienced a spiral femur fracture that resulted in the need to amputate his leg. My carecredit only went so far and so I needed urgent help to get him the necessary surgery. I applied to RedRover with nearly immediate response and was greeted with such a consoling compassionate tone. The process to coordinate with the vet was made easy with Nancy initiating the process for approval to use a grant for payment. I was in such a state of anxiety throughout the waiting period and in the process of coordinating the approval for the grant and preparing for his surgery in every way possible. Nancy was so patient and kind to me and RedRover Relief was able to pay a third of Belue's surgery bill and essentially restored my hope that all will be well. I can't thank this organization enough. Today is just day 1 post operation for Belue but he is making such a strong effort to adapt already. His prognosis is promising and optimistic and with me as his Fur Mama I will do everything I can to ensure his ease of success in adapting and rehabilitating. Thank you, humbly and graciously for saving my boy's life and ending his pain.

Donor

Rating: 5

Red Rover is unique; they do good works for animals in ways that no other organization does. Number one - They provide funds that enable domestic violence shelters to accommodate clients' pets, which enables more victims to leave an unsafe home. Often, abusers threaten to harm or kill the woman's cat or dog, which makes victims reluctant to leave their abusive home. Red Rover's funding of shelters that have room for clients' pets enables these battered women to leave their abuser, bringing along their beloved pet, and find safety at a shelter. Number two - Their Red Rover Readers program gives teachers the tools to help school children to develop empathy for animals, and for other humans as well. Red Rover provides story books that emphasize compassion for animals and help kids develop critical thinking skills, and they provide teacher training for how to guide the kids in discussions. Teachers love this program, even saying that it reduces bullying. Nobody but Red Rover does programs like these.

1 Brinah Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Patches was recently diagnosed with DKA, UTI & pancreatitis and was hospitalized for 3 days. We can't thank RedRover enough for helping us save our little guy. Our Patches is so blessed to have you all. We hope that you help more fur babies in the future!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My little girl need emergency dental surgery at $700, I did not have. O set up a gogetfunding page and applied for a grant from red rover
I didn't think I would get either because of short funding everywhere
I was approved for the grant, and then a few insanely generous donors funded my page. With the extra $ I was able to give a donation of a greater amount to redrover to help animals in domestic violence cases
Than God for redrover
I dont know what I would have done without them
I had no idea I was going to be blessed

1 La N Jennifer K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Quasimodo tore both of his ACLs bad enough to where he needs surgery on both of them. CCL repair surgery for just one leg is expensive, let alone two. Thanks to RedRover we are now able to get both of my babies legs fixed! We will never be able to express how appreciative and grateful we are they are able to help us! Especially my Quasimodo who can’t wait to be running around again like normal! The lady I worked with was so nice and just all around great!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive just been on deployment with Red Rover in San Marcos, Texas, and as previously it was a great experience. Team leader Beth Gammie is so organised and detail orientated that working with her is always a well run experience. Team members all benefit and the back up RR team are also very efficient, making deployment arrangements and reimbursements a quick stress free process.

Thank you for inviting me to come. i look forward to being called up again

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On November 19th 2018 I reached out to RedRover because my 5 yr old Shih-Tzu needed emergency surgery . I found out she had Pyometra and had only a few days to live if surgery was not done asap ! I did not even had enough money for the surgery, searching hi and low and was told about RedRover. Thank God for RedRover! Thank You RedRover because of you she was able to go to surgery on Wednesday and on Thursday I could not believe she started to eat and walk around ! Just in time for the Holidays !! A true miracle !Nancy from RedRover had reached out to me the very same day on Monday and took care of every thing for us Thank You Nancy for your love and understanding . RedRover is awesome to have people like you ! RedRover you saved my baby's life my Shih-Tzu ... I Love You CC ! We Love You RedRover and the Donors that made it possible for the surgery and for helping others ! Thank You ! I too will donate as soon as I am able to do so!

Thank You !!!
Betsy and CC :)
a pic of me and CC this morning ( 11/23/18 - Day 3 of recovery )

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter's (12 year old) cat maxi got hit by a car and broke his femur bone in 3 spots and had to have surgery... Our family was devastated and wasn't sure how we were going to pay the bill... Maxi is family and I tried several places with no luck... After contacting redrover I got a response the very next day... And was able to get help with maxi to have the surgery.... He is now home and is instructed to be in kennel for 6 weeks and off his leg... He are so thankful for the help. I was stressed out completely trying to come up with the money. Very thankful redrover came through for our family. We can't thank them enough!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am for ever grateful! RedRover is a Great Organization ,Nancy has been great when she heard about Sunny needing surgery and that I was unable to cover the whole amount she said they might be able to offer assistance,Thanks to this organization my little Chihuahua is getting a second chance to a good life with his family, Thank You so much,Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with RedRover and was deployed one week after I took their class. The experience I had helping this organization care for 250 rescued puppy mill dogs was beyond description. The caring and compassion, the organization and commitment of RedRover left me feeling like the lives of these pups were changed forever. I will continue to volunteer with this incredible organization, making changes and saving the lives of animals, for as long as they will have me!!

1 Arianna N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a really traumatic experience when Sadie ran up an escalator and caught her toe. My husband had just recently lost his job and we have been in a really tight financial position and didn't know how we would pay such a high vet bill. Sadie is the sweetest, happiest, member of the family, and is well known around the neighborhood for always being the friendliest greeter to all our neighbors! We were calling multiple non-profits and trying to raise money for her hospital bills and surgery. Red Rover really came to our rescue in a big way! I spoke to Laurel multiple times who worked so hard on our behalf to get us all the help we needed and went above and beyond to check in on us and Sadie. I have never experienced a more sincere and accommodating group of animal lovers! Sadie go the care she needed and more because of their efforts! If you love your pet and need emotional support for the crisis you are going through they will go to great lengths to make you feel valued and compassionately hear all your worries and concerns. I'm so happy to be able to announce Sadie has made a full recovery and is back to normal! I just took this picture of her sweet consistent smile :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was Unable to afford the whole amount of my dogs vet bill for her to get surgery and my vet recommended me to check RedRover out. I contacted Them and let them know my story. They responded back quickly and was able to help us out. Now my royal is on the road to recovery and is doing well. I’m so thankful they were able to help my fur baby. RedRover Relief urgent care program is great! And what they are doing is Amazing!!

1 Crystal S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Babygirl had chewed her tail raw and it needed to be amputated and I couldn't afford it so I reached out to find someone to help and Red Rover relief was there they are an amazing organization.

1 Amanda M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

RedRover is amazing! I feel like there are not enough words to describe how helpful and kind Nancy is! Our baby Lana was hurt and I felt so lost and devastated. RedRover was there to help right away! They stayed in contact with my vet and were able to help me take care of Lana's medical needs. As soon as I am able to, I will be giving back to RedRover. They are a wonderful organization and truly care about helping others with thier pet needs. As a single mom of two, our pups are family to my daughters and RedRover taught my daughters about humanity and the good in the world in a bad time. I can't thank them enough!