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.
How We Began
In 2012, Eva landed her first job as a trainee veterinary nurse at a vet clinic in inner Melbourne. On her second day at work, she noticed a Whippet puppy in a cage in the hospital area, with a sign denoting the letters “PTS”.
When Eva asked the veterinarian about him, she was told that the puppy had been admitted when he had swallowed a packet of Nurofen tablets, However, despite having stabilised him, the owners had decided that they no longer wanted him.
Eva was horrified to learn that the puppy would be euthanised as a result. She contacted several animal rescue organisations to see if anyone would be willing to lend a hand.
After contacting numerous organisations to no avail, the practice’s owner told Eva that they would need to put the puppy to sleep. Eva was torn; it was only her second day at her dream job, and she didn’t want to ruffle any feathers. However, she also knew that if she didn’t speak up, this puppy would die. Thus, she asked for 24 more hours and even offered to take the puppy home with her that night.
Fortunately, a rescue organisation, which Eva had been a foster carer for, had offered to take the puppy in! Eva had saved the life of an innocent puppy and the event sparked her burning passion for animal rescue.
For the next two years, Eva continued to juggle her time between working as a veterinary nurse in general practice, and volunteering for animal rescue organisations and animal shelters.
Eva soon discovered a far too commonplace tragedy of animals being killed in spite of her tireless efforts; animals who, were unfairly mislabelled as “too old”, “too big”, “too destructive”, “too difficult”.
With the feelings of injustice she felt for them, Eva was compelled to not only speak up for these underdogs, but to build a charity fully dedicated towards fighting for them. What followed was a crowdfunded campaign with a mission to rescue 6 dogs from death-row; Managing to raise $1,665.00, Jack, Rusty, Wynstan, Leila, Yogi and Trumpet were given their much-deserved second chance.
And thus, Project Underdog Rescue was born.