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
Adoption Event is Saturday, March 7, 2015
Our next event will be held at Pet Supermarket on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm. Their address is 4238 53 Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34203.
CLICK HERE for a map.
Pet Supermarket is located on State Rd. 70 in the new Publix shopping center at the north end of Lockwood Ridge Road. 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.
Why do we ask so many questions on our application? Please take a minute to read Those darn dog rescues with all of their rules.
Dear UnderDog Family, Friends, Adopters and Supporters,
We want to wish you, your families and furry friends a wonderful Christmas and happy, healthy New Year.
For more than a decade, UnderDog has been an active rescue supporting our community, local shelters and high kill shelters throughout the State. Each year, our rescue accepts hundreds of unwanted, neglected and abused dogs. As an all-volunteer organization, we open our hearts and homes to dogs that would otherwise be killed in over-crowded shelters. We also work diligently within our community to support individuals who can no longer care for their animals.
Our rescue has a stellar reputation for doing what's right, taking good care of our animals and following a strict, safe adoption process to ensure our dogs go into loving, stable homes. As a volunteer organization, we have minimal administrative costs. Our monthly expenditures include the medical care for our animals.
We operate solely on donations and adoption fees. Many times, our adoption fees do not adequately cover the medical needs of the dog upon arrival. We are one of the few rescues who accept heartworm positive dogs, or dogs that have been injured, neglected and abused. Many of our dogs arrive with severe skin, eye and ear infections due to neglect. We accept injured dogs knowing the additional cost associated with medical, but we are their only hope for survival
When dogs arrive at a local shelter, the dog is evaluated and determined to be adoptable or unadoptable. The unadoptable dogs are slated for euthanasia. Most of the time, their condition is treatable and is the result of neglect or abuse. The high volume of intake at local shelters does not provide the necessary care and State funding to treat these dogs. That is when UnderDog is called and asked to accept the neglected dogs. There are other times when shelter population dictates how quickly a dog will be destroyed.
Volunteers donate their own time and money to foster, transport, groom, complete home visits, and work on the adoption process from beginning to end. We give our time to make a positive difference in the life of an unwanted animal. The majority of our volunteers have full time jobs and families. UnderDog volunteers are truly selfless individuals, collectively working together to make a difference in the life of each rescue dog.
Several of you give periodically throughout the year and we appreciate your ongoing support. We work hard and perform our due diligence to operate UnderDog in a professional, proficient, cost effective manner. As a strong, efficient rescue operating for more than a decade, UnderDog has been able to save thousands of dogs who are now safe and in loving homes. Many people have adopted multiple dogs and stay close with us throughout the years. Had it not been for UnderDog Rescue, the dogs would have died a lonely death at a high kill shelter or on the side of the road. They deserved better and UnderDog worked hard to make it happen for them.
If you are an UnderDog adopter, think about the condition of your dog upon arrival to UnderDog. The dog you love so much would not be alive today had it not been for UnderDog Rescue. We make a difference in the lives of many.
For several years, Sniglet's Dog Bakery on University Parkway hosted our monthly adoption events. Doug and Jennifer closed Sniglet's a few months ago for new adventures. We are grateful to them for allowing UnderDog the opportunity to showcase our dogs and will miss them.
Pet Supermarket on SR70 and 45th Street invited UnderDog to partner with them for our monthly adoption events. They have a wonderful group of employees who assist UnderDog the first Saturday of every month. It is a great event and we appreciate their support. Please, visit with us.
SRQ Magazine included UnderDog in its December 2014 issue. We are thrilled to receive support from such a highly valued, local magazine. We truly appreciate their time and effort to feature local non-profit organizations.
Through networking and your support, we added several new foster homes and volunteers. The quality of our UnderDog volunteers is extraordinary. We now have a strong Facebook following and are able to communicate more easily to our general population. We are truly blessed with a great group of people.
UnderDog could not save the lives we do without the support of our wonderful veterinarians. A special THANK YOU to Dr. Adam Cohen and his amazing staff at both, Ranch Animal Hospital and Southgate Animal Hospital. We would also like to thank Dr Berglund and his wonderful staff at Beach Vet in West Bradenton. We love our vets!
Most importantly, we need your continued support. As 2014 comes to an end, we realize this year has been busier than ever. The high volume of homeless dogs continues to increase. 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 rescue dogs.
To donate please click on the PayPal link on this page or send a check to:
UnderDog Rescue of Florida
P.O. Box 351
Bradenton, FL 34206
Thank you for your support!
We Need Foster Help!
If you are interested in becoming a foster home with UnderDog Rescue, please complete an online foster application which is available in the drop-down menu at the top of this page. We want and need foster homes, but we must follow our process to ensure the new foster home is safe, reliable and suitable for the dog.
We are a non-profit organization with guidelines to follow and we always need safe, reliable foster homes.
Our dogs'safety is #1. We are their only voice and it is our responsibility to protect them. If you are interested in becoming a foster, please complete the application and allow us to personally speak with you. We are always open to new people joining our wonderful team of volunteers. Thank you.
Happy Tails for LOLA
LOLA has been adopted to a wonderful home with Ray and Kristin! LOLA has a big brother Hank, who is a gentle rescued Greyhound. She also has a new sister Willow, who is a former UnderDog.
How energizing for our volunteers to participate in such fantastic adoptions!
LOLA, you stole your foster mom's heart and she wanted to keep you, but she knew Ray and Kristin were a perfect match for you. You are in excellent hands and will be safe for the rest of your life. Thank you for being the perfect foster dog.
LOLA's Story From June 2014
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.
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.