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

Mission: RedRover 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 2017, we deployed RedRover Responders volunteers to help more than 1,400 animals, including those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In 2017, we also helped save the lives of more than 660 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

555 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!!! Red Rover absolutely saved my family! Our dog Holly was attacked by a deer and was in need of a surgery for eye removal. Being a single mom of three girls and with this being such a freak accident we had no idea where to start. Thankfully we found Red Rover! We got a super fast response from Nancy... We were given so much amazing information regarding where to begin and so many options. Not only were they amazing in assisting with the stress of how to work out this financial burden but they also felt more like a caring, friend-like support system emotionally while dealing with such a traumatic situation... I can cannot say enough about how grateful we are to have found them. Red Rover absolutely saved our pup. I have no idea what my family would have done without them... I have been raving about them ever since and I would absolutely recommend them to everyone... A+++

Candice

1 Amanda Miller D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just have been given so much support in every form from a Nancy at this organization. My best Forrest has been very sick and needed a big surgery and they were there to help me right away and so responsive and professional. I’m blown away and so grateful for this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization, as a stage four cancer patient I was at my wits end worrying about my support dog a small chihuahua called Dino. Dino developed a huge swelling under his eye and throat and needed expensive oral surgery. Red Rover were wonderful, very fast and very compassionate,

1 Stacy J. F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! My almost 2 year old Calico, Katniss, became very sick with a liver infection. She was close to death. As you can imagine with the many antibiotics and other medicines and treatment the bill was very high. I heard of Red Rover from a fellow cat lover. I quickly applied and within a few short days I was approved. I can't say enough good things about Red Rover but without them I might not have my Katniss here with me. Thank you Red Rover for all you have done for us!! You are amazing ❤

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'd really like to Thank RedRover for the kindness and financial support they helped me in the time of need with my precious furbaby Callie who needed emergency surgery and to the People who donate to RedRover to the cause of helping people and their furbaby's, I'd like to give a special Thanks to Laurel at RedRover who is an angel here on earth! And Thanks to Surrey veterinary clinic who did such a great job with her surgery, God Bless you all

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I never wanted for anyone to know how difficult things had gotten for me. I wouldn't ask for help even when I'm hurting but, watching my loyal and loving pet suffer is more than I could handle. Sunny and I met one day when I was walking on a bike path between the beach along the 101. He was tiny and filthy, he could barely walk from his matted fur. Another Persian was found and rescued, I found out by searching Craigslist. I questioned the Rescue in Ojai where apparently Sunflowers sister was taken and being treated, she was lucky and received surgery to remove her eye. The caregiver there told me it was probably a kitten mill disposing of the unwanted kittens. So, Sunny was a GIFT for only me to love. I bathed him and ,bathed him.... and he slept snuggled and exhausted in a towel in my arms and never moved once til breakfast, then slept again till second breakfast. It's fair to say that keeping Sunflower healthy has been the most important priority for me since that day. He has never had the spoiled life he deserves.
Two years ago, a drunk driver hit our parked truck that slammed back into our motorhome. Poof, we are now in a car. We all had injuries, Sunny broke his first tooth from this. Now,he has four more totalling five teeth to be removed. I know the feeling. It is abscessed and he is suffering . The staff at MERCY CRUSADES in Oxnard,California recommended REDROVER to me. Buena Animal Hospital matched the discounted fees offered from Mercy,so Sunny could have his surgery the 28th of June rather than waiting till August 24th. This only gave me five days to raise $930.30. after the initial $159.00 for pre-surgery diagnostic work. BUT FAITH can move mountains. REDROVER and their FANTASTIC STAFF have helped push us up to the summit! The application was something that didn't intimidate or cause me any feeling of indignity. NANCY was so much more than efficient,but extremely dedicated! Always treating us just as if she herself had Sunflower on her lap for a cuddle as he smiles his little smushy face smile.
His appointment is a demonstration of faith AND that I believe in miracles. Now I have proof. Sunny is my whole heart. REDROVER and Sunflower have a lot in common ,they are gifted at bringing joy and hope to the people and pets who need it so badly. Thank you also to CAMARILLO HUMANE SOCIETY and the very awesome BETTY JO who helped with funding ,too. These people unleash UNBELIEVABLE STAMINA. I hope they always receive the support they deserve to continue their work, just like they helped us!!!! LOVE Sunflower and Rayna

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are a domestic violence shelter and we had heard of and were aware of Red Rover but had never used their services. We had a victim the needed to leave a very abusive relationship but afraid to leave her dogs behind and what might happen to them. We told her to bring them along and we would somehow house her 8 dogs. I contacted Red Rover, filled out the paperwork and they were able to help with paying for the boarding of the dogs until the client was able to make other arrangements and we were no safe housing her. Red Rover staff was very nice and easy to work with and their form to fill out to obtain their service was easy to fill out. The victim was very appreciative and so were we with the help Red Rover could give.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i live in naples, florida and our community was badly hit by hurricane irma last year. i am a volunteer at the collier county domestic animal services shelter. we are a wonderful shelter and help so many animals each and every day! our shelter was so blessed to have volunteers come from red rover to help us after the hurricane - they did all of our wash so we had plenty of clean towels and also helped us clean and organize our back area space, washing all the crates and kennels, etc. they were an absolute godsend! i am now a contributing member of red rover so i can help them continue to provide support and care throughout our communities!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My poor Bugsy, 10 years old had fallen down the stairs, first head over heels then barrel rolled down the remaining stairs, thus incurring a head trauma and collapsed lung. He needed to be put in an oxygen enriched kennel for at least 3 days. I have been out of work for 2 1/2 years waiting on my disability and no money coming in. Laurel at Red Rover was there for us in our time of need for Bugsy and was able to help tremendously with the bill. I will be forever grateful for Red Rovers help.
thank you again
Roberta

1 Guera Nd'Victor S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My puppy Manchas Is extremely sick with parvo virus, I contacted the Red Rover Foundation looking for assistance because at a previous clinic I had been charged 1100 and my dog was still dying. Yesterday morning he was clod, his temp was 94 and he didn't have much longer left so I rushed him to a vet that I had heard good things about. Red Rover contacted me within hours of submitting my application and got him a grant and I couldn't be more thankful. Once my baby Is feeling better if love to show pictures of him. Thank you so much for your assistance

1 Shirley K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

RedRover Relied Fund has the most caring individuals working in their organization. Nancy was so sweet and kind. You truly sense they do want to help your family. I would highly recommend you reach out to them. Even if they cannot assist you they will direct you towards vets in your area who can perform treatments at a lower cost. They will also direct you to other organizations that may also be able to assist you. Our Brutus thanks you all so very much.

1 Mariah A. W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maia has been sick for a few weeks now, started out with no eating or drinking. Which I found out she had a fever, started her on antibiotics and pain meds, which didn't change much. A handful of days later I came home to blood on the back of Maia's leg and spots through out my apartment. Took her into the vet for that to find out she had an abscess that burst. So got that cleaned up and brought her home staying on the antibiotics and cleaning the wound every night.

When I got home last night I noticed her abscess had grown in size quite a bit, I immediately starting internet searching on what would need to be done and the cost of it, which I then did two things. I applied for a care credit card and was approved. But I also put in an application to Red Rover Relief, which is a organization that helps covering vet bills when you are struggling to yourself. In the morning I called the vet first thing and they told me to come in to get it looked at. They determined it needed to be cleaned and stitched up.

I was happy to know they could help, but I immediately started to stress about how I was going to pay for such a procedure. I left Maia with the vet and went to work. A few hours into work I get a call telling me Maia's surgery went well and that I should be able to pick her up in the morning. Immediately after I get a call from Red Rover Relief saying they want to help. The amount of stress that left my body from that one phone call is unbelievable, I cannot thank them enough for their help in getting Maia better, and making sure I can keep my best friend and make sure she is healthy.

1 Beth156

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Rover gave our family emergency funds towards our foster cat's surgery to remove a tumor on his paw. We are filled with awe and gratitude for this organization!

1 Lisa L.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Rover helped our family help our baby girl when someone let her out of our fence when my fiance was in the hospital getting stitches from an injury. We still are not sure if she was stolen and used as a bait dog and then set out and she found her way home or if she wandered off after the gate was opened and was attacked by something. After being gone for 6 days she showed back up at like 4 in the morning and she smelled like someone had dug her out of a grave because her infection was so bad. She has now been treated and is finally out of bandages and still has to see a specialist but she is recovering from an ordeal that the vet said had she spent one more night out on her own she would not have made it as they were not even sure she would survive her first night being hospitalized.

1 Cassandrah G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization came through for our little family in a huge way. They helped me help my baby Roxton and they will never know exactly how much that means to us