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
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.