Underdog ResQ is an equal opportunity dog rescue that saves good dogs from bad situations regardless of breed
Please note that Underdog ResQ does not have a brick and mortar facility. Underdogs are cared for by foster parents that volunteer their time. Underdog ResQ is an all-volunteer operated organization.
What makes Underdog ResQ special?
- Underdog ResQ rescues local dogs. Local to us means most of the
northeast - New England and Tri States. We do rescue dogs from South
Carolina but those dogs are being fostered by South Carolina residents.
- Underdog ResQ takes pride in offering great customer service. We make
it a point to respond to each application and email within 48 hours.
- Underdog ResQ is an all breed dog rescue which is not too common. We
judge the temperament and not the breed or age and admit good dogs if we have a
foster home match.
- Underdog ResQ provides lots of support and guidance to its foster
parents. Each foster parent, in addition to having the support of the
volunteer coordinator, has a buddy matched up with them with each foster dog
- Underdog ResQ has a variety of talented volunteers on its team!
- Underdog ResQ is active in the animal welfare community.
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
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
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
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
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
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.