COVID-19 Emergency Resources for People and Pets


RedRover is greatly concerned for people and animals during this COVID-19 crisis. We are currently assessing what is needed and will continue to provide updates with resources and information. Our program services and staff are available via email and voicemail, and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible.

Here are some resources for helping people and pets during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Resources for pet owners

Veterinary care

Emergency boarding

If you or someone you know needs help taking care of an animal because of virus-related hospitalization or quarantine, RedRover is in the process of creating a new assistance program to cover the cost of temporary boarding for people suffering from COVID-19 who require hospitalization. In the meantime, we recommend you reach out to local animal shelters and rescue groups to find resources and support available in your area.

If you have animal-related issues or questions, or need animal care or foster, follow your local animal shelter or humane society on social media, call them with questions, and/or check their websites for updates.

With more people staying at home, domestic violence is expected to increase. RedRover also has an assistance program that will help with the cost of pet boarding in domestic violence situations. If you or someone you know is trying to leave an abusive relationship, RedRover Relief Safe Escape grants help families with pets safely escape domestic abuse together.

Pet food

Rest assured, pet food companies are considered essential services, and they continue to produce food — so there is plenty for everyone. If you or someone you know cannot afford to purchase pet food, please contact a pet food pantry near you or visit the link below for more guidance.

Educational resources for kids

If you are home with kids, check out our free Empathy Resources for At-Home Learning and share with parents and educators.

Emergency plan for pets

Download our COVID-19 Preparedness for Pets PDF.

Other preparedness resources

How to help

If you are in a position to help, we recommend reaching out to your local animal shelter to see if they need foster homes for their animals.

Also consider donating to organizations that help animals and people in need.

Stay connected

  • Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for updates. 
  • Consider checking in with neighbors to stay connected and check if they or their pets are in need. Keep in touch via phone, email or through apps like You can also make Kindness Pet Cards to help isolated pet owners in your community.

For the most recently updated version of this list, click here. Know of a resource to add to the list? Email us!

Featured image: cats and other pets may need extra help during this trying time too. Image credit greyloch, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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