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Project Underdog Rescue is a not-for-profit animal rescue charity located in Melbourne and run entirely by unpaid volunteers.

Our organisation was established in April 2015 after our founder, Eva, a veterinary nurse, was faced with the confronting issue of healthy animals being brought into the vet clinic to be put to sleep.

All our animals are placed in loving foster homes, this allows them greater interaction with people and encourages healthy socialisation. It also gives us the chance to learn about each animals personality and provide him or her with any necessary training. We believe having animals in real homes gives them the best chance at a smooth transition into their forever home. Click here to learn more about foster caring with us.

Our team are dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and successfully rehoming companion animals who may otherwise be killed. Many of the animals we rescue have complex medical and/or behavioural challenges, often requiring extensive intervention and resources. Any specialised treatment recommended by our veterinarians is provided to the animals and all due diligence is taken to ensure all animals medical needs have been addressed prior to adoption.

Each animal is incredibly special to us and their welfare is the top priority. For this reason we have developed an extensive rehabilitation program and adoption process. We are dedicated to ensuring we match each of our animals to their perfect forever home so that we do not see them displaced again. We do not, and will not, ever rehome one of our animals based on a “first come, first served” basis. Our animals will remain in foster care until their perfect match is found, no matter how long it takes!

We are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission and have Deductible Gift Recipient status (DGR). This means that all donations over $2 are tax deductible. We are run entirely by unpaid volunteers and receive no government funding so your donations are what we rely on. Click here to donate today.

Our Mission

To stop to the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable pets in Australia.

Our Vision

For there to one day be a world where there are no more homeless pets.

Our Purpose

1. To promote responsible pet ownership, animal welfare and pet adoption.
2. To provide refuge for stray, abandoned and surrendered animals - primarily those facing being killed in shelters and pounds.
3. To promote and encourage environmentally responsible practice

Our Values

Kindness: To demonstrate compassion for all living creatures and treat those how we wish to be treated.
Respect: To communicate honestly and courteously in all our dealings.
Integrity: To be fair and ethical in all our dealings.
Eco-friendly: To demonstrate environmental sustainability thinking and practice in all aspects of our organisation.
Leadership: To lead by example.
Transparency: To be open and honest in all our dealings.
Authenticity: To do what we say we do.