Many of you may already know that RedRover provides grants (up to $20,000!) to help domestic violence (DV) shelters create on-site housing for the pets of survivors (https://redrover.org/relief/safe-housing-grants/). As animal care organizations, you play a critical role in creating pet friendly housing by providing your expertise and support to DV shelters - we actually require that a DV shelter have an MOU with an animal care organization AND a vet. This doesn't mean you're a big financial supporter but that you'll offer support with pets that aren't doing well at the DV shelter or offer insights with challenging pet behavior. The sky is really the limit here - you can offer a little or a lot of support.
What may be news to you is that just this year we opened up our Safe Housing grants to include "off-site" housing (https://redrover.org/relief/safe-housing-off-site-grants/). This means that we can give an ACO up to $20,000 to create housing at your facility that is dedicated space for the pets of survivors staying at your partner DV shelter. You can use this space for other purposes when not in use by the DV shelter but you'll need to free it up once it's needed for a survivor's pet(s).
With up to 50% of DV survivors reporting that they delayed leaving their abusive situations out of concern for their pets, you play a critical role in helping survivors to escape with their pets. Please consider reaching out to your local DV shelters to let them know about RedRover's Safe Housing grants - you'll build community partnerships and open yourself up to new donor streams!
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