Project Underdog Rescue is a small but mighty animal rescue organisation established in 2015. Completely reliant on our network of volunteer foster carers, we help combat the increasing number of animals unnecessarily euthanised within Australia.
In 2013, Eva had just landed her first job as a trainee veterinary nurse at a vet clinic in inner Melbourne. On her second day she noticed a Whippet puppy in a cage in the hospital area with a sign: “PTS”. When Eva asked the veterinarian, what was happening with the puppy, he said that it had swallowed a packet of Nurofen tablets and although they had managed to stabilise him, the owner decided they no longer wanted him.
Horrified to hear this young puppy would be killed, Eva contacted animal rescue organisations to see if anyone could help. After contacting numerous organisations to no avail, the practice owner told Eva that they would need to put the puppy to sleep. Eva was torn, it was only her second day in her dream job and she didn’t want to ruffle feathers but she also knew that if she didn’t speak up, this puppy would die. So, she asked for 24 more hours and offered to take the puppy home with her that night.
Thankfully, during that time, a rescue organisation which Eva had been a foster carer for offered to take the puppy on! Eva had saved the life of an innocent puppy and had ignited her passion for animal rescue.
A week later, Eva was let go from her job for being, quote, “too outspoken”. Eva worked her way back into veterinary nursing by securing a job as a cattery attendant in a vet clinic and a month later was promoted into a trainee veterinary nurse position. For the next two years Eva worked as a veterinary nurse in general practice and volunteered for animal rescue organisations and at an animal shelter. When she was in her final year of Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing she decided to launch her own animal rescue charity.
Why? Because despite all her efforts, there were still animals being unnecessarily killed around her. Animals that were labelled “too old”, “too big”, “too destructive”, “too difficult” weren’t given a chance. Feeling like she too had been misunderstood before, Eva felt compelled to not only speak up for the underdogs but to base a charity around supporting them.
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do” – Edward Everett Hale
And with that a crowd funding campaign to rescue six dogs from death row pounds in NSW was launched, raising a total of $1,665. Jack, Rusty, Wynstan, Leila, Yogi and Trumpet’s lives were saved and Project Underdog Rescue was born.