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Founder & CEO

Founder & CEO

Eva’s passion for animal rescue sparked when she began volunteering at a local animal shelter while studying to become a veterinary nurse. Once Eva attained her Cert IV Veterinary Nursing qualification she felt she could do more for vulnerable and often misunderstood animals and so she launched Project Underdog Rescue.

Eva worked as the Practice Manager and Head Nurse at a small animal veterinary clinic for five years where she implemented fear free and low stress handling protocols, techniques which we endorse internally and are also great advocates of. Eva is a registered veterinary nurse with Fear Free & Low Stress Handling certification. Since leaving her role as practice manager, she now works as an accounts & payroll officer for an accounting firm and remains an unpaid volunteer for Project Underdog Rescue.

Eva may be the driving force behind PUR but she considers herself incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated team around her who share in her passion for animal welfare and force-free philosophies.


Vice President & Animal Rescue Program Leader

Vice President & Animal Rescue Program Leader

Tom joined Project Underdog Rescue as a case manager shortly after becoming the first person to adopt two PUR dogs and his best friends; Rosie and Penny. He has always been close to animal welfare; volunteering at shelters in Thailand and India as well as having a keen interest in canine behaviour.

His interest in animal behaviour led him to undertake a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services run by the Delta Institute. The knowledge gained through this qualification has allowed for him to successfully match dogs with adopters and advise foster carers, along with adopters, on force-free behaviour modification, behaviour management and enrichment techniques. Tom is a fear free accredited trainer and keeps his techniques current by regularly attending conferences, seminars and workshops on dog training and behaviour consulting.

Tom is an unpaid volunteer of Project Underdog Rescue. He leads our animal rescue program team of case managers at the same time as managing his “day job” as an IT Manager for Victoria State Emergency Service (SES).



Linda is a founding committee member of Project Underdog Rescue and was an integral part in helping to garner donations to get PUR off the ground.

She volunteers her time as our Treasurer and is responsible for overseeing PUR’s financial affairs and safeguarding the organisation’s finances.
Linda is a powerhouse business woman and brings a wealth of knowledge to our organisation. She is a qualified accountant with a master’s degree in commerce and is a registered tax agent as well as a member of The Institute of Public Accountants & The Tax Institute.


Secretary & Social Media Coordinator

Jessie became involved in Project Underdog Rescue when she adopted her first PUR pup, Rosie, in 2017 and quickly became entrusted with social media duties. She fills your feed on Instagram and Facebook with happy snaps of our foster animals looking for their forever homes, our ever growing adopted family – the PUR Alumni, and your favourite posts to wake up to on the weekend; the cartoons!

Jessie joined the Project Underdog Rescue Committee as Secretary in 2019. She is an administration queen and the mastermind behind all our spreadsheets!


Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator

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Vet Care & Online Shop

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Case Manager

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Case Manager

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