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URPupCrawl2014FlyerUnderdog Rescue  matches wonderful people with wonderful pets. Our adopters are people who have a special place in their hearts for orphaned, abandoned or neglected dogs and cats. Most of our pets are dogs and cats that overburdened animal control facilities and other shelters don't have space to hold. Our name, Underdog Rescue, grows out of our passion for the "little guys"--the waifs and strays who've had a bit of bad luck but never quit hoping to win someone's heart and a home. All our "underdogs" and "undercats" have a story. Our goal is to give each one a happy ending.

Meet Our Mascot Brynn!


Brynn, Underdog Rescue’s mascot, is a gentle Labrador Retriever/Greyhound mix that came to us after she was found starving, thirsty and fending for herself in a long-abandoned apartment. A “tripod,” Brynn lost her right back leg early in life due to an injury. Yet today she is happy, confident and capable—a true underdog hero. Brynn has passed her Canine Good Citizen Test. This means that she can visit schools, senior homes and public events as an example of a true Underdog hero! Community outreach is an important part of UR’s mission.


Adopt an Underdog

Underdog Rescue does not operate from a shelter but rather from a network of foster homes in Northern Illinois. Underdog Rescue seeks loving and caring homes for our rescued dogs and cats. We are willing to work with many situations to ensure an appropriate placement. For more information on one of our animals, contact the foster home listed in the animal's profile.


The mission of Underdog Rescue is to build a kinder, more humane community through animal rescue, adoption and outreach. We help individuals and families find loving companions among pets we have rescued from abandonment, restored to health and evaluated in foster care; and we provide humane education, therapeutic and outreach services to children, senior citizens and the public.

Collectively, our group has decades of experience in animal rescue, including disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina. We have personally saved the lives of hundreds of dogs and cats through our foster homes. And we are always seeking to learn more. Our leadership completed an intensive, week-long rescue workshop at the nation's largest and perhaps most respected animal sanctuary, Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. After much thought, we decided to launch an organization of our own in spring 2007. Today, we are making a difference through the care we bring to the adoption process, our reasonable adoption fees, our all-breed focus, our humane education programs and our quality foster network.

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Join Our Adventure

We need more foster homes! Foster families provide temporary care for an animal prior to adoption. Becoming a foster parent is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to saving homeless pets. Medical care for fosters is paid by Underdog Rescue.

Our organization also needs and values volunteers for other tasks besides fostering. We have many opportunities to get involved. Please contact Joan Boro at 847-529-5959 for more details or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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