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
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Here is a story that exemplifies what your donations can do to save a life:
BUTTONS (as in, "cute as a button") and his brother, Tiger, were rescued the first week of December from an elderly man who suffers from dementia.
BUTTONS had severe, painful infections on his body, head, and around one eye which weren't healing with standard treatment. After a month, it was determined that he had MRSA, an aggressive form of staph that doesn't respond to most antibiotics.
So on Jan. 7th, poor little BUTTONS underwent surgery to remove the open, infected areas on his head/eye and huge "boil" of infection on his side. After a regimen of strong antibiotics, then steroids, BUTTONS has now healed remarkably well and is basically cured (although it's expected that continuing a low dose of Prednisone for the rest of his life will be required to keep the staph from returning).
His vet at Ranch Animal hospital is thrilled with his recovery!
This is what we do with your greatly-appreciated donations; thank you so much for your support!
BUTTONS is 9 yrs. old, 9-1/2 lbs., and very playful. He gets along well with other dogs, gleefully greets guests, flips over for tummy rubs and absolutely LOVES going out for short walks.
He really is a terrific little guy who deserves to be loved and cared for like the adorable, well-mannered, little cutie-pie that he is.
NEW LITTLE GIRL
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: At first we understood that she had a broken leg, but in fact, although she's been beaten and seems to have some paralysis, her X-rays show that she has no broken bones. Our apologies. She is resting in her new foster home and will be evaluated by one of our vets soon. Updates will follow
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!
Our Next Adoption Event is Sniglet's on Saturday, March 1, 2014
Our next event will be held at Sniglet's Dog Bakery ,on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm .
Their address is 2827 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL, 34243.
CLICK HERE for a map.
Sniglet's Bakery is located in the plaza on the NE corner of University Parkway and No. Tuttle in Sarasota. There will be several UnderDogs on hand who are eager to meet you!
For an opportunity to be "pre-approved", please fill out an online application now. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Please keep an open mind and consider your lifestyle both today and 10 years from now before you apply for a dog that may not be a good fit for the long run.
We often receive multiple applications for the various dogs. When you are pre-approved it does not necessarily mean that you are pre-approved for the specific dog that you are applied for. Decisions of our rescued dogs' placements must be made based on the applicant we believe will be the best long-term fit for each dog.
Dear UnderDog Family, Friends, Adopters and Supporters,
For over ten years, UnderDog has been an active rescue supporting not only our local community, but high kill shelters state-wide. We have a stellar reputation for doing what's right, taking good care of our animals and following a strict, safe adoption process to ensure they go into loving, stable homes. Our volunteers are selfless, kind people who work tirelessly, giving of their own time and money to foster, transport, groom, complete home visits and facilitate adoptions. We give of ourselves to make a positive difference in the lives of unwanted pets.
Each year, we accept hundreds of neglected, abused and/or heart-worm positive dogs. We are an all-volunteer organization, opening our hearts and homes to animals, who in some cases, have been literally tossed out to die.
As a volunteer organization, we have minimal administrative costs; expenditures are primarily for the medical care of our animals, which average $7,000 monthly. We operate solely by donations and adoption fees. Often, those fees don't adequately cover the medical needs of the dogs. Many arrive with severe skin, eye and ear infections due to injury and neglect. During 2013, we rescued numerous dogs from kill shelters who had been thrown from or hit by cars. We accepted these dogs knowing the additional medical costs, but we were their only hope for survival.
Out of respect, UnderDog rarely solicits financial support; at this time last year we were financially secure, but this year we need help. Several of you donate throughout the year, and we greatly appreciate your ongoing support. We work hard to operate in a professional, proficient, cost-effective manner.
Shona Otto, our founder/president, made a $15,000 payment for veterinary expenses this month alone. Those monies provided care and saved the lives of MANY helpless dogs who are now safely in loving homes. Without UnderDog Rescue, they could have died lonely deaths in kill shelters or on roadsides. They deserved better and UnderDog worked hard to make it happen. If you are an UnderDog adopter, the pet you love so much might not be alive today had it not been for UnderDog Rescue. WE TRULY ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Here are some 2013 success stories:
GRACIE arrived from a Gainesville kill shelter. She was found in their drop box with terrible acid burns on her head and back.
UnderDog nursed her back to health and she is happy in her forever home. Here are some before and after pictures of GRACIE, who loves her mommy and has been renamed JADE.
SPROUT, a sweet, young Brussels, was surrendered to Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte. She suffered severe hip and leg injuries when hit by a car.
Despite 2 surgeries, a rear leg had to be amputated. She has been adopted into a terrific, loving home.
You may recall the story of YOGI, the Shih Tzu found in a Miami canal after being hit by a car. He had a fractured pelvis and broken jaw.
He could not walk, eat or even close his mouth. YOGI is now happy, healthy, and living with his adoring adopter.
Remember SHINE? She came from a Miami kill shelter after being attacked.
She had a fractured pelvis and open wounds on her head and ears that were infested with maggots. Today, SUNSHINE and her Sarasota mommy are living the good life.
And CHIP, from Miami, was emaciated and needed 2 blood tranfusions to be saved.
He also has a great, new home.
LUCY had serious skin and mouth infections.
Her new family and Shih Tzu sister are enjoying their first holiday together in their Sarasota home.
At this time, UnderDog's financial status is critical. In the past, we averaged 56 dogs in our rescue, but recently our numbers increased to 120. We always try so hard to help the needy, and feel so bad when we have to say, "We are full" while knowing it's not the dogs' fault. Please help us help them.
We are a charitable, nonprofit organization with a 501(c)3 exemption. Your donation is tax deductible and goes directly to the medical cost and care for our rescued dogs. We would not be asking for help at this time unless we truly needed your support.
Thank you, and please know how much your support means to our UnderDog team. We truly appreciate all that you do.
Thank you so very much,
Your UnderDog team,
UnderDog Rescue of Florida.
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.