RedRover is a national animal welfare organization based in Sacramento, California. Our mission is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance, and education.

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Address: PO Box 188890
Sacramento, CA 95818
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Nicole Forsyth
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-429-2457
Fax: 916-378-5098
Since 1987, RedRover's donors, supporters and volunteers have changed the lives of countless animals. We are based in Sacramento, CA, but we help animals and people in crisis throughout the United States and Canada.We provide emergency shelter and loving care for thousands of animals rescued from natural disasters and criminal abuse situations each year. In 2018, we responded to 14 emergencies, including the devastating Camp Fire. We provide assistance and resources to animal caregivers, Good Samaritans and pet owners who need help with emergency veterinary care. We help the human and animal victims of domestic violence escape their abusive environment together. We educate our youth to create a future of compassion and empathy for animals and people. We bring together passionate individuals and create a network of people dedicated to alleviating suffering and strengthening the bond between people and animals.

RedRover brings animals from crisis to care and strengthens the bond between people and animals through the following programs:

RedRover Relief: We provide guidance, case management and financial assistance to help pet owners, Good Samaritans and rescuers obtain urgent veterinary care for animals in life-threatening situations. We also work with domestic violence shelters all over the country to provide emergency assistance with boarding and veterinary care to help domestic violence victims and their pets safely escape abusive environments together and establish on-site emergency housing for pets.
RedRover Responders: Our staff and trained volunteers shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters or rescued from puppy mills, hoarding cases, and other cruelty situations. Volunteers provide daily care and comfort for the animals until they can be reunited with their owners, placed in foster care, or adopted into new homes.
RedRover Readers: We train educators how to teach children the three steps of empathy development: recognize emotional states in animals and people, share emotional states and regulate emotions to make positive decisions and develop strong relationships. The unique curriculum uses illustrated stories and question strategies to help children understand animal behavior, develop self-awareness and think deeply about what the characters are experiencing and how they would feel or what they would do in a similar situation.
RedRover believes our community is stronger when we work together and wants to partner with individuals, nonprofits, schools and businesses in the greater Sacramento area who want to help animals and people in crisis and foster a kinder and more compassionate society. With this support, RedRover can better increase outreach efforts to schools to ensure more children have access to our RedRover Readers program that develops empathy skills, as well as make sure Sacramento area residents have access to our services and financial assistance that helps domestic violence victims escape their abusive situation with their animals and low-income individuals pay for emergency veterinary care, as well as shelter animals during natural disasters or cruelty cases if they occur in locally, as well as within the United States and Canada. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Unrestricted - We want to increase outreach efforts to make sure Sacramento area residents and visionary entrepreneurial leaders can fully connect with us and participate in our growth and program offerings. 2. Funding: Program - Providing financial assistance and other resources for pets who need lifesaving veterinary care through our RedRover Relief program. 3. Funding: Program - Increasing outreach for and participation in the RedRover Readers program, a social and emotional learning program that helps children develop critical thinking skills and empathy for both people and animals. 4. Funding: Program - Build partnerships with other Northern California animal groups by providing training and support so we can work together to care for animals displaced by natural disasters, rescued from mass cruelty situations, such as puppy mills or hoarding cases, or other large-scale events that affect large groups of animals in need. 5. Volunteers - Train more RedRover Responders volunteers in Northern California. RedRover Responders volunteers are specially trained to care for and shelter large numbers of animals after they have been rescued from cruelty and neglect.
"RedRover is a soft hand and warm heart in times when animals and people are in need, crisis and pain. Our thousands of passionate volunteers, donors, and supporters recognize that the world would be darker and colder without us. So they mobilize. They answer when the RedRover rally cry is called. We are about engagement, not only with each other, but also side-by-side with other animal professionals, animal groups, local officials, law enforcement, media, and schools. We bring animals from crisis to care, and discover new ways to strengthen the bond between people and animals. Through our national programs, we battle indifference and take the lead in humane education, resulting in greater empathy for animals. Our approach is straightforward and pragmatic, and we document our success through research and analysis. When you support and volunteer with RedRover, you are helping to connect suffering animals with people who care.

Thank you for caring about the animals."

Nicole Forsyth
President and CEO
-- Nicole Forsyth, President and CEO