Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
About the Underdogs
Like our tag line says, Underdog ResQ is an equal opportunity dog rescue. As long as we have a foster home that matches a dog’s needs and vice versa, we will take them under our wings until they are placed with a permanent loving and caring family. We proudly say that Underdog saves the most misunderstood breed, the pit bull, in addition to special needs and geriatric dogs.
Underdog admits dogs from shelters. We will review owner relinquishment situations on a case by case basis only.
Check out our available underdogs and some of our success stories.
The Shelters We Assist
Our priority is to help dogs in high kill shelters, as well as animal control agencies and animal hospitals without adoption programs. Dogs in these types of shelters are in the most danger of being euthanized. Not because those facilities don’t care; rather because there are just so many dogs that are being thrown away. These shelters have limited resources and rely on organizations like Underdog. We’ll also provide assistance to humane societies that have limited resources or just have a tough time placing certain dogs for one reason or another. Also admitted from humane societies are the dogs that become extremely depressed or stir crazy in a shelter atmosphere. Dogs react to shelter life in a variety of ways – some adjust well, some show their fear in aggressive ways, some get so depressed that they don’t want to eat, play, socialize, or do anything, while others become less adoptable due to lack of exercise and enrichment. The average animal shelter is short-staffed and has a small budget, especially in this current economic climate.
Each dog gets proper veterinary care, training and a temporary family to keep him safe. Foster parents provide companionship, customized care, training, and exercise – everything that contributes to the dog’s mental well-being and behavior. Underdog provides customized healthcare, including basic vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip, heartworm tests, heartworm prevention and whatever else the dog needs to get him ready for a brand new healthy future. Underdog also provides high quality support and education to its foster volunteer families. Together we create a happy, social, healthy, obedient and adoptable dog.
In 2008, our fourth year in operation, Underdog successfully placed 62 underdogs. That’s 22 more than 2007 so it shows that our little organization is growing at a rapid pace. Considering we started out with one foster home for our first 6 months in 2004, we think we deserve to pat ourselves on the back. Our goal for 2009 is to match a minimum of 85 homeless underdogs with loving families. We’d love to shoot higher but our organization really depends on volunteers to foster all of the dogs. Foster recruitment can be a challenge so we value each one we get to help with our mission. We can save more dogs with more foster homes.
Read more about Underdog's foster proram and help spread the word in your area by downloading our foster recruitment flyer and Pit Bull foster recruitment flyer. Pit Bulls, large dogs, elderly dogs, special needs dogs and mutts are the ones in the greatest need of our help.
Underdog relies on the kindness of others - donations from individuals like you. As the organization grows and continues to admit more dogs annually, veterinary bills also grow. In most cases, the adoption fee doesn’t even cover the expense of spays or neuters, only part of the veterinary care provided for every underdog. Experience shows the average dog that ends up in a shelter requires more than basic vet care. Many require expensive procedures like dentals, ear treatment, blood work and much more. This isn’t a surprise considering most shelter dogs have been abandoned, given up due to financial reasons or thrown away like a piece of property.
Click here to find out how you can support Underdog by making a general donation, donation in honor or memory of someone or someone’s pet, sponsor a dog or support Underdog’s future.
Now that Underdog ResQ has the rescue part mastered, the next step will be to focus on prevention in the near future. Underdog, with the proper financial support, wishes to develop and implement an education program to help prevent homelessness, cruelty and neglect. In addition to that, Underdog ResQ would also like to operate its very own shelter so that we can save even more dogs!
Without foster homes, Underdog ResQ would not be able to accomplish its mission. Without donations, Underdog ResQ would not be able to operate. Without volunteers, Underdog ResQ would not exist.
Here are the following steps you will need to take in order to adopt your new companion through Underdog ResQ:
1.Complete the Adoption Application:
Online applications are the fastest and easiest way to apply. When you apply make sure to specify which dog you are interested in so that we can send it to that dog's adoption coordinator. If you would like to mail it in, we have supplied you with a PDF application form that you can download; however, this will slow down the adoption process as we can only check our mail about once a week.
Once we receive your application, we will contact you within 48 hours to verify that we have received your application. If you do not hear from us within this time period, the application may not have come through and you should contact us directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will review your application and may have some questions. We prefer to communicate by email but may ask you to set up a time to chat on the phone.
4.Meet the Dog:
At any point in the process after the application has been reviewed and the reference checks have been completed, we will introduce you to the dog's foster parents so that you can set up a convenient time to meet. We prefer that you meet the dog at the foster home where the dog is in a familiar comfortable setting. Everyone in the household will need to meet the dog, including household dogs.
If you like the dog and you are a good match, we will set up a date/time for a representative of Underdog ResQ to stop by your house and meet you in person. The visit will take about a half hour (or less) and is to make sure your environment is suitable for a new dog.
Please have proof of ownership of your home handy at this time if you own your home.
This is the big day! If convenient, we prefer that you pick the dog up from the foster home. If you live far, we may be able to meet you half way. This is when we will go over the dog's medical paperwork, your upcoming responsibilities, some recommendations and review of the adoption agreement. We will ask you to sign the adoption agreement and write a check to Underdog ResQ for $225.00 (the adoption feed). The adoption fee does not usually cover Underdog ResQ's expense for each dog. Please consider making a donation to Underdog ResQ at this time so that we can help more dogs.
The Adoption Includes
◦A wonderful new companion
◦Medical History and Recommendations
◦Spay or Neuter
◦Rabies and Distemper Vaccines (some dogs also receive the bordatella vaccine)
◦Heartworm Test (usually a 3DX or 4DX Test)
◦Some dogs may have received bloodwork, other surgeries, dentals, fecals, and deworming)
◦Free Office Visit to a VCA hospitals (http://www.vcahospitals.com/) valued at $60.00-$80.00
◦Training Coupons, if available
◦Free 30 Day trial of pet insurance with http://www.sheltercare.com (optional)
We love it when adopters keep us posted on how their new dog is doing. We will even contact you to find out how things are going. Pictures and stories help to remind everyone how wonderful dog rescue is.
At any point in the process, you may email us with any questions.
Either party, at any point in the process, may decide the dog is not the right match. Not all dogs are the same and some require more care than others. It is in your best interest and the interest of the dog that you are a good match for each other. We want this to be a permanent match.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.