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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

589 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

1

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

1

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.

1

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.

2 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.

2 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

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

hi , im telling honeys story .honey is a 8 year old chihuahua. honey got sick this year a couple of months ago.i myself have been out of work with cancer cells.when honey got sick i had no money and no vets would see her without money.honey was hurting and i didnt know what was going on.i didnt know if she was going to die or what.honey wouldnt get up or eat or drink.honey is my baby and i was going to find help some way.my sister connie told me about redrover.i went on line and put in my application and in 5 mints i got a call.nancy was so sweet and they agreed to help honey.i found a vet in danville nc town and country.honey has breast cancer now,the vet took one off.thats what was the problem.but honey has a couple more too.the vet fixed her and removed a hernia also.honey is doing great now.redrover saved my honey and im greatful for the angels they have.they are here to help our pets.dont never think they wont help,cause they will do everything they can.redrover is a wonderful place and they help alot of pets.we are from eden nc.thank u redrover for helping honey. carol & honey odell.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi friends, I am excited to share with you my experience with Red Rover and the health of my longtime friend baby! He is a nine year old American Eskimo. I rescued him from the streets where he was staying close to a highway and the fence was damaged. The original people who found him feared he would get out into the expressway and get hit. I brought him home and he has been my best friend ever since! This year he developed a huge growth on his inner leg close to his abdomen that hindered his walking and running. My being on disability was unable to afford the surgery to have it removed.
I learned about Red Rover online when searching for any organization that could help. Some of the others I called we're of no help at all!
I filled out my application online and soon got a call from Laurel. She was an amazing and helpful person! She took the time to talk to me and help me make good decisions on what to do with my dog baby and helped me every step of the way with the process of getting everything arranged to help with the cost of payment for his surgery. She went over and above making phone calls to myself and the vet to make sure payment was in place on day of surgery! With my being on disability there was no way I could have afforded it on my own. I am so thankful and grateful for all the great people at Red Rover and the Donors that made his surgery possible!
He can now walk and run again!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 13 year old Basset Hound had an infection in his mouth and needed 4 to 5 teeth removed. I was placed on unemployment and couldn't afford the vet bill. I had to watch him get sicker and sicker so I started calling around for any help I could get. I finally came across Red Rover and WOW I did not expect the care and concern for my pet and they provided funds to my Vet to help aid in the care my dog desperately needed and now my dog (best friend) will be healthy again. I can't express what it means to have organizations like this in the hard times. Not to mention the caring way they handled the situation. Thank you so very much Red Rover!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I bought my first little dog on fb. When I met the lady to see Her, I knew I had to save her. We have always rescued big dogs so this was a first for us. She everything to me. I became disabled after working 27 yrs doing Mortgages. So we are home all day. She became very sick and I was scared and brought her to a DR vet. We was charged 974 for xrays and blood work. They wanted at least 5,000 for surgery. We don't have this extra money. (I put off the dentist for her) The next day I found a vet who said 600 to 700. I heard about Red Rover and contacted them. I spoke with 2 ladies who was very kind and helped us with some of the cost. What surprised me the most was it was located in a different state. I can't Thank You enough for the help you do for our fur babies. When I get back on my feet I will donate back. She would have passed away without this surgery. I am including a picture the first day I purchased her. God Bless!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My vet discovered that my 2 year old cat, Wilbur, had 2 life threatening stones blocking his urethra. With surgery over $800 and my current unemployment, I didn't know what to do. I contacted Red Rover about my situation, and was generously offered a grant to help with some of the surgery. Because of Red Rover's help, Wilbur is now stone free, recovering and doing great! He is off his pain meds and has been switched to urinary care food. I have noticed a huge difference in his litter box habits- before, he was in and out of the litter box every 10 minutes trying to go to the bathroom, and now he is able to relieve himself fully. So happy and relieved to see my kitty alive and well!! So grateful for Red Rover.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 6 year old Boxer girl needed expensive surgery to have a malignant tumor removed from her back leg muscles. As a senior on a fixed income, I could not pay for all of it. RedRover Relief Grants in Sacramento has an application that I filled out on line. Their requirement included getting a Care Credit Card for which I applied. I told them I rescued this dog at 10 months and promised to take care of her and she would watch out for me! Red Rover was quick to respond in selecting my situation. They were very friendly and receptive. They spoke with the vet clinic right away setting up their end of the financial arrangement. They donated their grant within the 7-10 days promised. It was a miracle. Their help was such a blessing.

1 Maria G.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to Red Rover in need of a pledge for our dog's surgery. She had 2 massive tumors that needed immediate care. Red Rover contacted me immediately and Daisy was able to have surgery within a week. Thank so much Red Rover and Nancy for all your help

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

If i could give 10

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My pet Face is family and when he needed surgery it was no Question he was going to get it no matter what it took. Even though I have a very limited income and get assistance from the state I was going to do whatever it took to make sure face was healthy and get what he needs. My sister and I started researching the Internet and came across RedRover and let me tell you it was an easy process with the most wonderful person working there, Laurel she was caring understanding and very informative she jumped right in and got things started thank you so much RedRover you saved my best friend Face

1 Christina B.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Max had parvo and was only 6wks old. I am a mother of 5 and bought max off of craigslist from a lady who knew he was dying. With in 24hrs of having max he had to be put in icu at the vets he almost passed away. I am so thankful for Redrover with out u i couldn't have did it. Thanks again from the Barnes family

1 Sonya H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My beloved kitten Samuel needed an emergency life saving leg amputation. Red Rover was able to step in and help me save my Sammy's life. Red Rover had been a glimmer of hope in a dark time for me. I really cannot express my gratitude enough for this foundation and the donors that help. I will forever be grateful for the help and compassion I've received.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's been a long 2 days but we r so thankful for the SPCA and the RedRover Relief Foundation! Karma had a golf ball size tumor on her side that enlarged tremendously about a week and a half ago, yesterday she was scratching her side and ripped it wide open. She went in for emergency surgery this morning to remove the massive tumor and is now home recovering and of course getting spoiled!
Between the office visit, the lab work, the removal surgery, and her recovery meds her hospital bill was nearly $1100. Unfortunately we did not have that kind of money to spend, thankfully the SPCA has an income based program called Keeping Families Together that covered 60% of costs! We then found out about another program called RedRover Relief that gives grants to help people with emergency vet procedures. I applied and we got approved for a $200 grant that they send automatically to the hospital...at the end of the day we only paid $282! I can not express enough to how very thankful we are for the help we received!
#SPCAStPete #KFT #RedRoverRelief #KarmaBree #ProudPupOwner #HappyFamily

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our pet boarding business is grateful to Red Rover and its wonderful staff of heroes for helping us facilitate the care of pets whose families are desperately trying to escape dangerous abusive situations. We have always offered to help these families when space allows, but with Red Rover's support, we can now help these families year round. An organization worthy of support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are a private pet boarding business who tries to help families who must temporarily go to a shelter, but cannot take their pets. When space is available, we house these cats and dogs until other arrangements can be made. This spring we were helping a great dog and his mom this way, when we were contacted by RedRover, who offered to help offset our expenses by providing a grant to reimburse us. We were able to help for a much longer period because of this great organization. Please support and share RedRover's amazing work. As awareness of the need grows, perhaps our local governments will make funds available for these needful families, which include beloved pets (who are as important as any other family member)!

2 Kaitlyn L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My prairie dog was diagnosed with odontoma. Most people would say it’s just a “rodent”. No, she’s family and she shows affection and has her own personality. Surgery for her was very very expensive and this wonderful organization helped me to be able to afford this neccesary surgery to save her life. So so thankful and blessed.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful that I came across Redrover. I didn't think I would get contacted by them. In desperate time in need I couldn't afford to pay for my cats surgery. But they helped me out A LOT. They even helped me find a affordable vet to take my cat to. I love my cat and I'm happy he's gonna be fine now. All thanks to Redrover. Again I am so grateful I came across this organization.

2 Anna H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to RedRover whose significant financial assistance allowed me to get a life-saving surgery for my cat, Mylo. To those who are willing to donate, know that your money is truly helping those who need it. I look forward to being able to give back to RedRover when I am at a more stable point in my life. ❤️