UnderDog Rescue of Florida is a Non Profit 501(c)3 Organization.
We are an ALL VOLUNTEER rescue. CLICK HERE to read more about UnderDog Rescue of Florida.
Every cent donated toward these needy dogs will help to pay their vet bills. We do not have a shelter. All UnderDogs are living in various foster homes from Tampa to Naples.
Please click the PayPal button to donate or mail to:
UnderDog Rescue of Florida
P.O. Box 351
Bradenton, FL 34206
These Dogs Need Your Help!
SANDY The Puggle
This little Puggle girl was picked up off the road after she was hit by a car. She was brought to the animal ER where she was kept stable until she would be transferred to Animal Services.
We were asked to take her, knowing that she had a fractured jaw and was unable to walk. Named SANDY, she was taken to Gulf Breeze Veterinary Hospital in Nort Port immediately the next morning.
Fortunately SANDY still has pain sensation in her hind legs, which tells us that she CAN potentially recover. She has had surgery for her broken jaw and fractured back. She is a sweet little girl and we are doing all we can to give her a chance
UPDATE: SANDY in recovery at the vet's office. John, a local firefighter and fellow Puggle lover went to visit her after his shift before he headed back home to Bradenton. He snapped this photo of SANDY in recovery. Today, John, her new friend, is transporting her back to her foster home! Cross your fingers that she will make a full recovery!
We cannot do what we do without help and donations. If you are able, please make a donation towards SANDY's care or call the vet office directly at (941) 426-5700 to donate using a credit card.
LOLA arrived at a high kill shelter with an eye injury. Unfortunately, after UnderDog rescued LOLA, it was discovered that BOTH of her eyes were about to rupture!
After several tests and examinations by Dr. Cohen at Southgate Animal Hospital , we were informed that both eyes would have to be removed. We were devastated to learn that we were not able to save her vision. LOLA is only 3 years old, a sweet, 11 lb. Shih Tzu. This is a heartbreaking situation for a dog who has already had a rough life. UnderDog welcomes and appreciates any donations toward LOLA's surgery.
Update: LOLA is doing amazingly well since her eye surgery! It has been over a week and she is healing nicely. Dr. Cohen stated that her eyesight was very limited for some time due to her condition, and she had been nearly blind before the surgery, so it is not an overwhelming adjustment for her now.
LOLA is getting along really well. Within a couple of hours, she learned how to go out the front door, out the porch, and in and out. She is comfortable, confident and her tail never stops wagging! She loves to sleep in The Big Bed. She snuggles and wants to be with you every moment. And don't think for a second LOLA doesn't know where the kitchen is! She has a sweet personality and is thankful to be pain-free. She needs to be groomed, but we are waiting until her recovery is more complete.
WESLEY is an adorable little puppy who weighs five pounds and is only five months old. He is a tiny, sweet little boy.
His mange is not contagious to other animals or humans and is 100% curable! He is going to be gorgeous!
Could you foster him? If so, PLEASE CONTACT US!
LOUIE's Sad Story
Among the 401 dogs in an over-crowded, high kill shelter, there was a small dog in a kennel with three other dogs. LOUIE was his shelter name and he is a 6 year-old, Shih Tzu mix.
He was soaked in his own urine, not standing, not sitting, and not looking up because he knew no one cared. As an UnderDog volunteer walked through the "kill ward" of the shelter, she noticed LOUIE laying there, yellow legs, foul smelling, and totally lethargic.
Why is he not looking at us? Why is he not trying to get attention? Is he sick, is he injured? UnderDog could not walk by LOUIE and ignore his deep sadness. Can he be saved?
Our volunteer just couldn't leave him behind, so that day he was chosen for the freedom ride to safety. Look at his picture; see how yellow his legs are? The shelter staff had him wrapped in a towel because LOUIE was so filthy and smelly. Upon arrival LOUIE was taken to our vet, but we don't have details yet concerning his condition, so we'll be updating his story soon.
CHLOE is a 2-year-old Shih Tzu rescued from the streets. She was trying to get into someone's house during a storm and was terribly frightened. The nice people who took her in attempted to find her owners but no one claimed her.
UnderDog was then asked to take her into our rescue. Upon arrival, it was evident CHLOE was sick, so she was taken immediately to our wonderful vet, Dr. Cohen at Southgate Animal Hospital .
It was discovered CHLOE had a huge, painful, bladder stone which required emergency surgery. (Dr. Cohen said it was one of the largest stones he has ever seen!) CHLOE also had eye infections and matting. She was spayed during her surgery and it was noted that she had been used for breeding. Our vet staff also commented that CHLOE is a very sweet, gentle girl.
Please, any donations of any amount would be appreciated to help with CHLOE's expenses.
COPPER Still Needs Surgery
COPPER is a very handsome, 1-year-old male Dachshund mix. COPPER was found lost, hungry, and full of ticks and fleas. As he walked, we noticed a little hop in his back legs so we took him for x-rays.
This poor baby's hip socket ball is sheared off, with the leg being out of the socket, in addition to the OTHER side of his hip being cracked! The good news is with an operation, the socket joint can be fixed and put back into place, and with time and care, the crack will heal. Six weeks after his operation he will be pain-free and ready for a new home!
COPPER has beautiful markings and a very expressive sweet face. He has the long body and short legs of a Dachshund, and is very happy and easy going, considering all the pain he's been in! He is good with other dogs and wants to play with them, but he's more timid with men. Right now, that is about all we know. Being in so much pain, he is very cautious and quiet, and we're not likely to see his true personality revealed until he recovers.
MAZAL's Sad Story
Once again we have a special story to share. Just look at this poor dog. Her name was MAZAL, and she had been dumped off recently at a high-kill shelter. She had a severe skin condition, infected eyes, and had been suffering from total neglect. But worst of all, she had a mammary tumor on her belly the size of a baseball. It was wide open and infected, and this is how her owners chose to leave her!
When our UnderDog volunteers saw this little girl sitting there quietly with sad eyes, their hearts broke, so they added her to the rescue list even though there wasn't a foster home lined up for her yet. She had been listed as "aged" but when the shelter vet examined her before they left, they discovered her teeth were totally clean and white, like that of a young dog.
It was her neglect that portrayed such an old appearance. MAZAL was only about 5 years old, it seemed, but apparently had lived a horrible life. She was a tiny Shih Tzu, only 6 pounds. Her skin and eyes were a mess with infections, but she was seen by one of our wonderful UnderDog vets once she was transported to Sarasota.
We were hoping the tumor could be removed, and that we would find her a quiet, loving foster home so she could be on her way to recovery and a better life. But rescue work is not always easy, the outcomes are not always what we had hoped, and painful decisions must be made.
Our vets examined MAZAL, took x-rays, and gave her good care and comfort. Unfortunately the tumor was cancerous, and the cancer had already become advanced throughout her body. Treatment was not a viable option, and the heartbreaking decision was made to peacefully end her suffering.
MAZAL has reminded us that there are not always happy endings for our efforts. We do our best to spend our donations wisely, and in this case they gave a doomed little dog a peaceful end to her short life, surrounded by loving strangers who genuinely cared about her more than her own family had.
Thank you to all who offered MAZAL their support.
SEAL PUP is still recovering
UnderDog just rescued another abused dog from the Miami shelter - this time (judging by the X-rays) a little girl who has been severely thrown or kicked, resulting in a broken leg. She is a beautiful Shih Tzu, only about 4 yrs. old.
WHO DOES THIS TO INNOCENT, LITTLE DOGS? She is being transported today (2/8) to Sarasota where she will be placed on pain meds in a quiet foster home until she can get vet treatment on Monday.
UPDATE: SEAL PUP had severe inflammation and so far she has regained 50 percent of the use of her back legs and she has improved bladder and bowel control.
She is not ready for adoption at this time.
SCRUFFY was rescued from a kill shelter where he was awaiting euthanasia when his stray hold was up. He was so matted he could hardly stand or walk! He just laid on the ground and trembled.
SCRUFFY is just a pup; less than two years old, with gorgeous white teeth, and a sweet temperament. With the help of fellow rescuers, Cindy(UnderDog groomer) and Andrea, SCRUFFY was transported to one of our UnderDog vets.
One can only imagine the suffering SCRUFFY has endured. He is exhausted, and still doesn't want to walk. So, for now, he just needs to rest and feel safe. His new journey is only beginning.
SCRUFFY spent the day at the vet's office. He was sedated, shaved, neutered, and his ears were cleaned. Our vet sent us home with a bag containing some of his matting which consisted of barb wire that was wrapped inside his coat!
UPDATE: SCRUFFY attended our monthly adoption event Feb 1st. He was the hit of the event. He is starting to wag his tail. SCRUFFY has been through so much and deserves the best home ever!
If you would be interested in helping us transport rescued dogs from nearby areas, please let us know.
EVE: Rescued Off The Street
EVE is a female, Puggle mix, weighing about 18 pounds. Living alone on the streets of Miami for several months, she had no home, so people were just leaving food out for her. She even had a litter of puppies (which were taken by nearby families), but EVE was always left behind... alone... again.
When several nice people put out a plea for a rescue group to catch EVE and keep her safe, UnderDog answered the call. EVE is now groomed, fully vetted, and living in a foster home while awaiting adoption. She is good with other dogs and cats, is quiet, calm and well mannered. She is (understandably) a bit shy at first, but warms up quickly and is so grateful for loving attention.
Will someone give this deserving little girl a chance for a wonderful life in a REAL home? It's her time!
How Our Adoption Process Works.....
We are a Florida rescue and only adopt within the state. Applicants are subject to home visits, and veterinary references (please include phone number) will be checked. If you are browsing our dogs on Petfinder, and reading the bios, you will see a contact e-mail (usually the foster home) when you click to enlarge the photos. Feel free to e-mail the foster family with any questions about the dog.
- FIRST, an application must be approved for adoption from our rescue. If you do not see a dog that you would like to adopt now, you can get 'pre-approved' to speed up the process when you do find 'The One'. Many of our puppies and popular breeds (Pomeranians, Schnauzers, Poodles, etc) have a wait list and are adopted quickly. You only need to complete one application to be eligible to adopt. Applications are kept in our 'active' file for a full year.
- SECOND, we determine whether the dog that has been applied for is a 'good match' for the household that wants to adopt him/her. We take into consideration the dog's activity level, compatibility with other members of the household (human and other pets), lifestyle and environment. We may call you to discuss our available dogs and their temperaments to find the perfect match. If your application has been approved, but the dog you applied for is no longer available, please take the time again to look over our adoptable dogs. We will make every effort to find the right dog for an approved applicant. If you do not adopt one of our dogs, please visit your local shelter or go to PETFINDER to adopt a dog from one of the other 600+ rescue organizations located throughout Florida.
We rescue our dogs for life. Once an UnderDog, always an UnderDog. If, for any reason, challenges arise do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help. If you cannot keep your adopted UnderDog, we will take the dog back until a new home can be found. Try to give us as much notice as possible. We understand that life is unpredictable, and we will always accept a returned UnderDog, or help you through a temporary situation so that you can keep him/her.
Keep in mind that we are an 'all volunteer' organization. We all have jobs, families, our own pets, and foster dogs. We are also busy working out details with various shelters and other rescue groups, and transporting dogs from the shelters. Often times we have to drive to shelters for emergency situations to save injured dogs that must be picked up immediately or they will be destroyed. Unfortunately emergency situations must take precedence over the application process. We ask for your understanding and patience when we are unable to return your calls or e-mails immediately.
Please spay and neuter your pets. Read Common Myths and Facts About Spay/Neuter, from the Humane Society of the United States.
The majority of our dogs were scheduled for euthanasia at kill shelters throughout Florida. We are an 'all volunteer' organization. We do not have a shelter or a paid staff. We collect adoption fees to pay our vet bills. This includes shelter fees, medications, spay/neuter, all shots, heartworm testing and treatment, monthly flea/tick/heartworm preventatives, microchips, dentals, surgeries, skin treatments, setting broken bones, or any other health care deemed necessary by our vets. Our vets offer reduced charges so that we can keep our adoption fees reasonable, but their services are not free. We often rely on extra donations to pay expenses when the cost of care exceeds a realistic adoption fee.