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At Project Underdog Rescue our mission is to stop the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable pets in Australia, one animal at a time.

We are of the belief that every life is precious, and every animal is unique and special in their own way. Many of the animals we rescue have complex medical and/or behavioural challenges, often requiring extensive intervention and resources.

We do things a little differently

Foster Homes

There is no denying that pounds and shelters cause unavoidable anxiety for pets already experiencing a considerable amount of stress and fear; this is why all our animals are placed in loving foster homes.

There are astronomical benefits to housing animals in foster homes. It is not only the ideal environment for animals to recover from medical procedures or traumatic events but it's also a low stress environment for human interaction and stimulating healthy socialisation. Foster care is an invaluable chance for us to discover each individual animals’ personality and provide him (or her) with any training that they may require.

Most importantly, having animals in real homes gives them the best chance of success for a smoother transition into their forever home.

Special Needs & Palliative Care

We don’t turn our backs on those who may be a little different. We take on special needs animals that require that little bit of extra help, patience and understanding.

We also rescue senior animals and those who have been diagnosed with terminal conditions. As such, we aim to provide them with a loving and nurturing home with one of our palliative foster carers for the final stages of their lives. Here, they are made comfortable and experience love and warmth until they show us that they are ready to cross over the rainbow bridge. At which point, we arrange for them to be humanely euthanised, usually at home with their foster carer right beside them.

People and Pets in Distress

We understand that sometimes life doesn’t go to plan but that shouldn’t mean you have to lose your furry companion. After all, pets can play a vital role in our physical and mental wellbeing. We assist people experiencing hardship to keep their pets, through our PPID program.

In addition to providing support for people experiencing adversity, our program also supports our mission in reducing the number of pets unnecessarily euthanised. If we can keep pets out of the pound system in the first place, then we are tackling the issue of pet homelessness from both angles.

Gold Standard Care

We understand that the animals we rescue are individuals and come with their own set of unique needs which is why we have hand-picked the professionals we work with based on their skills, experience and core values. We believe that if we can address any major medical and behavioural issues while in foster care that each animal will be given the best chance at success in their forever home.


All our animals, adopters, foster carers and volunteers are family to us. Our leadership team is available around the clock to offer support whenever it’s required. That service doesn’t change post adoption either. We will always love and care for every animal who comes through our organisation and if a PUR Alumnus needs us, we will be there. Some of our best friends are people who have adopted animals through us and that is testament to our commitment to you.

The Right Match

We are dedicated to ensuring that we match each of our animals to a suitable foster home, and to a perfect forever home, in an effort to eliminate the chances of ever seeing them displaced again. Our long-term foster carers understand and appreciate that their fosters will stay in their care until a perfect forever home is found.

We have a four-step application process for adoption, which includes an online questionnaire, an over-the-phone screening, a meet and greet and a residential property check. The animals in our care rely on us to get it right for them, and we take that responsibility very seriously.

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, their world will change forever”