In 2014, Trupanion members donated over $104,000 to nonprofit animal welfare organizations across the United States and Canada. We’re now asking you to vote for the next nonprofits we should support. Vote through the online poll at Trupanion.com/trugiving. Voting ends May 14, 2015.
Next up in our nonprofit series is RedRover. They operate in both the U.S. and Canada and are in the running to receive donations from our members next year.RedRover was founded in 1987 by a small group of humane movement workers who wanted to save forgotten animals. In the beginning, RedRover responded to a wide range of animals issues — from elephant poaching in Africa, to animal shelters in Israel, to pet overpopulation in the United States — but as RedRover grew over the years, the organization narrowed its geographic reach to the United States and Canada, and focused on programs that assisted animals whose needs had previously been unmet. We chatted with RedRover’s Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Bailey Mannisto-Ichés, MA to learn more about the amazing work they do. She shared the below with us.
“We are building on the spirit of tireless work, unwavering resolve and endless compassion that has defined our organization since its inception. Now, 28 years later, RedRover is committed to 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.
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.
-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 help children explore the bond between people and animals through stories and discussion. We encourage children to share information about animals, reflect on the roles of animals in their communities and determine our collective responsibilities towards them. By engaging children in these meaningful discussions, we help them develop critical thinking skills and empathy.
In 2014, we deployed RedRover Responder volunteers to help more than 5,300 animals, including 6 puppy mill busts. We also helped save the lives of more than 700 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 through the RedRover Relief program. Lastly, we launched the “E-Books for Empathy” project, a five e-book series under the RedRover Readers program, which will inspire kids to want to make the world a better place while developing empathy skills in classrooms nationwide.
So far in 2015, we partnered with SGI Cat Allies to kick start a Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) event that will eventually put an end to the cat overpopulation problem on St. George Island, Florida, and prevent the suffering of millions of cats. We’ve also increased our ability to help animals escape domestic violence with their families by doubling the amount of our RedRover Relief Domestic Violence grants. Later this year we will also develop empathy and understanding of animal behavior among 3,000 children, and increase their critical thinking skills by exploring the bond between people and animals through engaging stories and discussions. Almost 40,000 children have participated in the program to date.
RedRover offers people who care about animals a unique way to make a lifesaving difference in the life of one animal; the On-Call Angel program. On-Call Angels are RedRover’s special donors who pledge the funds a single animal needs to receive urgent, life-saving veterinary care through our RedRover Relief program.
Marley the cat needed immediate surgery and one of RedRover’s long-time On-Call Angels stepped in and made a gift that saved Marley’s life.
Tonya adopted Marley, a handsome Maine Coon, as a kitten from a high-kill shelter and he quickly became an important member of the family. Knowing he loved to chew on cords, Tonya was diligent about keeping them away from the curious cat. When Marley stopped eating one day, Tonya knew something was wrong. Despite her vigilance, Marley ingested some rubber tubing. She rushed him to the veterinary hospital where it was determined that Marley had an intestinal blockage and would need surgery to save his life.
Tonya’s business as a self-employed paramedic had slowed considerably over the past year and she was struggling to make ends meet. Knowing she couldn’t afford the entire cost of surgery, she applied for a RedRover Relief grant for financial assistance.
We knew we had to act quickly to save Marley’s life, so we worked fast to approve a livesaving grant. We called Karen, one of our On-Call Angel donors, to see if she could help cover the cost of Marley’s surgery and we were thrilled when she responded with a “yes!” With the RedRover Relief grant, Tonya was able to get Marley into surgery right away. The rubber tubing was removed and Marley is back to his playful self.
In an update to RedRover, Tonya said, “Thank you so much for your generous donation to help Marley. The surgery was far more expensive than I anticipated and, without your help, I could not have saved him. You were quick to respond to his needs and your compassion and kindness was much needed by me in this time of stress. You never made me feel like he was ‘just a cat.’ I look forward to many more years with this beautiful and loving creature.”
You too can become an On-Call Angel and be the lifesaving difference for an animal like Marley by visiting RedRover.org/on-call-angels.
For more information about RedRover and to learn more about opportunities to get involved please visit www.RedRover.org.
For more information about Trupanion’s Shelter Support Program to help pets in need have a happy, healthy start in their new forever homes visit Trupanion.com/shelter.